The Times West Virginian

May 24, 2013

Kenneth A. Carr

Times West Virginian

— Kenneth A. Carr, 71, of Mt. Zion, passed away Sunday (May 12, 2013) at Fairmont General Hospital.

He was born Dec. 1, 1941, the son of the late Beatrice Carr.  

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Vicki Smith Carr; two sisters, Lula Jackson and Maxine Shepard, both of Fairmont; one brother, “Gene” Carr of Kentucky; mother-in-law, Doris Smith of Fairmont; in-laws, Tracy and Carolyn Smith of Worthington, Alyce and Richard Greene of Bridgeport, Sherry Smith and Randy Vanpelt of Huttonsville, Kevin Smith of Dayton, Ohio, Joni Smith of Woofleaf, N.C., Shannon Smith, Renee Gore and Marie Carr, all of Fairmont; and Shelley and Greg Gordon of Herndon, Va.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Buddy, Sanford, Roger and Ralph Carr; father-in-law, John R.P. Smith; and brother and sister-in-law, Larry and JoAnn Smith.  

He was a coal miner of 30 years and retired from Peabody, Federal 2. He also worked at Martinka Mine in Fairmont for 16 years and various mines in Buckhannon and Philippi and Alabama. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America, District 31, and a United States veteran having served in the Army from 1960-1963. He was stationed in Germany during the Cold War, and was a Protestant by faith.

He was an avid hunter and raised hunting dogs, loved black-and-white Westerns and was a self-acclaimed expert in cowboy movies. He also enjoyed outdoor adventure shows and loved to cook and was known best for his special-recipe meatballs he made for almost every family event.  

A memorial service will be held at Dorsey Funeral Home, 701 S. Pike St., Shinnston, at 2 p.m. Sunday with Pastor Charles McDonald officiating. In lieu of flowers, family request donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 122 South High St., Morgantown WV 26501, American Heart Association at 1110 Prestwick Ave, Morgantown WV 26508, or Diabetes Association at 471 East Broad St., Suite 1630, Columbus OH, 43215.

A private grave-site burial will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at