The Right Reverend Bishop Clarence CarrReverend Bishop Clarence Carr, retired bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, died at home in Marietta, Georgia on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 of complications from diabetes. He was 73 years old. Bishop Carr was born on Feb. 7, 1938 in Orangeburg, S.C. He grew up in Washington, D.C., and Jamaica, N.Y., graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in Jamaica.

Bishop Carr earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1970 from Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina and a master of divinity degree from Hood Theological Seminary in 1972, also located in Salisbury.

He began his ministerial work in 1961 in Jamaica, N.Y. He served in churches in New York, North Carolina and Missouri. He was admitted to the annual conference in 1963, and was ordained a deacon in 1964 and an elder in 1966.

Bishop Carr was elected to the episcopacy from the pastorate of Washington Metropolitan AME Zion church in Saint Louis, Missouri and was consecrated the 89th Bishop in succession of the AME Zion Church on July 28, 1992 by the 44th General Conference meeting in Atlanta.

Prior to his ascension to the episcopacy and while leading historic Washington Metropolitan AME Zion Church from 1984 to 1992, Bishop Carr was president of the AME Zion Ministerial Alliance of St. Louis and hosted the KIRL “Fountain of Life” weekly radio program. He also served on the executive committee of the NAACP of Greater St. Louis and the board of the National Urban League of St. Louis.

After his election to the episcopacy, he was assigned to the Western Episcopal District, and assisted with the Mid-West Episcopal District. Additionally, he presided over the Michigan and Missouri conferences from 2002 to 2004. In August 2004, Bishop Carr was assigned the South Atlantic Episcopal District, which includes Georgia and South Carolina.

In two communities where he had churches, Bishop Carr also ran for elected office. He served on the East Spencer, N.C., Board of Aldermen and the Hempstead, N.Y., City Council.

Prior to his retirement in 2008, Bishop Carr served as secretary of the Board of Bishops of the AME Zion Church and chairman of its Overseas Missions and Lay Activities boards; commission chairman of the Pan-Methodist Cooperation and Union, and a member of the Presidium of the World Methodist Council.

The bishop also served on the NAACP national board, and as board chairman of Clinton Junior College in Rock Hill, S.C., and a trustee on the boards of Livingstone College and Hood Theological Seminary.

Bishop Carr is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara and by daughter Leslie Denise Carr-Robinson; son Mark Anson Carr; two granddaughters; two brothers, Darell Baxter and Kevin O'Daniel, and a sister, Wanda Tolliver.

Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 11a.m. at the Shaw Temple AME Zion Church, 775 Hurt Road, Smyrna, Georgia.

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