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Gertis Carr (Vice-Principal)

From the Herald Citizen

Gertis D. 'Coach Bird' Carr Jr.


COOKEVILLE — Funeral services for Gertis D. "Coach Bird" Carr Jr., 89, of Cookeville, Tennessee, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the chapel of Whitson Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Walker, Bro. Mickey Bilyeu and Bro. Scott McKinney officiating. Burial will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today, Friday, Jan. 25, from 5-7 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 26, from noon until service time at 2 p.m.

Mr. Carr passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at his residence. Gertis D. "Coach Bird" Carr Jr. was born Aug. 22, 1929, in Putnam County, Tennessee, to the late Gertis D. Carr Sr. and Una Clara Grimes Carr.

He was retired from the Putnam County School System after 38 years of service as a teacher, coach and administrator. He graduated from Cookeville High School where he played football under Coach Eddie Watson, then stayed and assisted Coach Watson until he graduated from TTU in 1954, with the exception of time in the U.S. Air Force. He taught and assisted coaching at Dickson High School, then Monterey, and returned to Cookeville High School to assist in coaching football, basketball and golf. He then became Assistant Principal until retirement in 1992.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, James Steven Carr.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Ruth Carr; daughter and son-in-law, Don and Debby Prince; two grandchildren, Eli Prince and Julia Carr Byrd; and one great-granddaughter, Mary Grace Byrd.

Whitson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 526-2151.,32833

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