Alderson-Roger Allen “R.A.” Carr, 57, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017, at the Peyton Hospice House, Lewisburg, following a 15-month battle with cancer.
Born Mar. 22, 1960, in Ronceverte, he was the son of Roger Allen Carr, Sr. of Fort Spring and Carolyn Knapp Thompson of Lewisburg.
Mr. Carr was a 1978 graduate of Greenbrier West High School in Charmco. He started out as a welder and partsman, and then went to work as an inspector at the West Virginia Department of Highways. Following his employment at the West Virginia Department of Highways, he went to work at the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Mr. Carr was a correctional officer, having worked in Atlanta, GA and New York, before coming back home to Alderson, where he retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons at Alderson, after many years of service. While working as a correctional officer at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, GA, Mr. Carr was taken hostage during what was called the Atlanta Prison Riots. During the riot, Cuban inmates took more than a 100 hostages and burned down a substantial portion of the facility, which resulted in 23 injuries and one death. Mr. Carr was held hostage for 11 days, which as an extremely scary time for his family and friends.
Survivors include his daughter, Erica Caleb Carr McMillion of Wolf Creek; son, Seth Allen Carr of Alderson; grandson, Caleb Ray McMillion of Wolf Creek; his father, Roger Allen Carr, Sr. of Fort Spring; his mother, Carolyn Knapp Thompson of Lewisburg; his step-father, Ed Thompson of Wolf Creek; and his half-brother, Chad Edward Thompson of Pittsburgh, PA.
In honor of Mr. Carr’s wishes, he has been cremated. His remains will stay with his dad until he joins him, and they will go on one last adventure together, “yet to he determined.”
To Mr. Carr’s many friends, the family requests that you remember him the way he was.
Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.