Oscar Clark Carr III, 63, died on Monday, April 6, 2015. He was born on April 9, 1951, in Memphis, Tennessee. He grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and attended junior high school in Clarksdale, before graduating from Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia before distinguishing himself by graduating Summa Cum Laude from Emory Law School as salutatorian. He practiced law, focusing on commercial litigation, for four decades at Glankler Brown, PLLC and was sworn in as a Chancery Court Judge by Governor Bill Haslam on January 8, 2015. Called "Bo" by all who knew him, he was equally gifted with prodigious mind and heart. First and foremost, he was committed to his family and faith. In addition to his unflagging allegiance to his wife of forty-two years, Mary, and children, Camilla and Oscar IV, Bo sustained the closest bond with his grandson, Richard Brinner, age 6. Love, loyalty, and humility are traits that defined Bo's relationship with everyone - family, friends, and colleagues. He devoted himself totally to those select endeavors he chose outside of family. He served on the Vestry of St. John's Episcopal Church for many years. He became a leading member of the Memphis chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation when his daughter was diagnosed with the disease at age 9. Bo was an avid hunter, golfer, and dog lover. Bird hunting in dove fields and duck blinds was his favorite pastime. He had particular affection for his Saturday morning golf group, and his beloved miniature pinscher, Billy Bob, will miss him sorely. The wit and wisdom Bo learned while growing up in rural Mississippi, along with his fervor to seek civil rights for all, imbued his arguments and judgments in the study and practice of law with a rare understanding of humanity and grace. His judiciousness and sagacity of life earned respect from all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Leatherman Carr, son, Oscar Clark Carr IV (Lauren), daughter, Camilla Carr Brinner (Matt), grandson, Richard Brinner, sisters, Scott Carr Adams (John) of Pawley's Island, South Carolina, Blanche Carr Symons (Neil) of London, England, and E'Lane Carr Tipton of Columbia, South Carolina, in addition to many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father, Oscar Clark Carr, Jr., his mother, Billy Fisher Carr Houghton, and his brother, John Thomas Carr.