Antonio C. Carr, Sr.

Antonio C. Carr, Sr.

Antonio C. Carr, Sr. 90th Birthday

Antonio C. Carr Sr.
December 20, 1926 – January 16, 2017

Antonio “Tony” Carr, age 90, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017. Beloved husband of Dolores Carr (nee Jenkins) for 69 years. Loving father of Laura (Jerry) Kirby, Antonio Carr, III, Shyrle (Grady) Searcy, Johari (Hank) Griffith, Regis (Debbie) Carr, Gary (Les) Carr, Jess (Patty) Carr, Daisy (Dennis) Bush and Michael (Susan) Carr. Special friend of Ronald Jackson and Dee Sloan. Also survived by his special brothers, Joseph Steele and Billy Steele, sister-in-law, Dorothy, 19 loving grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his grandson, Ashambei Griffith and son-in-law, Hank Griffith. Also survived by nieces, nephews and other extended family, as well as many dear friends. Tony was awarded the Korean Veteran’s Honorary Membership Medal. He was a veteran of the Korean War; past commander of the VFW District III (Korea) Department of Pacific areas. Tony also served as the Chairman of the Department of Pacific Areas 1978 Convention held in Seoul, Korea. He co-authored the first Pacific Area Resolution for the Retention of United States Forces in Korea which was adopted by the 1978 VFW National Convention. As a United States Civil Service employee, Tony helped develop the USFK Logistical Maintenance Support activities from 1966-1988. He received a Purple Heart, Meritorious Unit Service Plaque, a Korean Service Medal with six Battle Stars, a United Nations Service Ribbon and a Presidential Unit Citation from the Republic of Korea. By his example, Tony spent his entire adult life fighting for justice and recognition for Black service and women from his induction into the segregated United States Army in 1944 through the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was exceedingly proud of his sons who also chose military service. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Church of the Resurrection, 1619 California Avenue (45237). Visitation with the family will be held at 10 a.m. followed by a Knights of Columbus Honor Ceremony. Mass begins at 11 a.m. with a formal Military interment at Spring Grove Cemetery. A reception for family and friends will be held at the Church after the Spring Grove ceremony. No flowers, please. Memorials suggested to Church of the Resurrection or the charity of your choice .

Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Jan. 20, 2017

Going for the Gold in Rio!

By Laura Carr and Herald Staff
For Rachael Adams, a young woman who grew up in North Avondale, competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil is the summit of her career. Adams, a professional volleyball player on the USA Women’s National Team, will join an elite group of 12 athletes for her first Olympic Games in August.


Charley Jones- The Roots Runner

Charley Jones
The USATA Junior Olympics is celebrating its fiftith anniversary and Charley Jones get to be a part of the celebration. Since the Olympics started in ancient Greece, track and field has been a existential part of the contest. This ain’t a come if you can competition, you must qualify. Jones qualified in the team 4×100 relay, and individually in the 100 meter dash. The 2016 will be held from July 25-31, 2016 in Sacramento, CA. Charley is the daughter of Olani and Eddie Jones, via Johari Griffith, via Dolores Carr, via Laura Roots. Best wishes to Charley and her team.
Go Roots- Grow Roots- Run Roots.

It’s Miami 2018

By a unanimous show of hands, Miami was selected as the site of the biennial 2018 Roots Family Reunion. Since the RFR’s inception  in 1992, this will be the furthest south the reunion has ever been held. It also marks a changing of the guard, with Jumaane, Lauren and new baby Nataki N’Namdi stepping up to continue an idea, that has become a tradition. The torch has been passed to the next generation.

Miami was almost selected on the last go-round and except for a set of circumstances- Jumaane had an early flight, some of the old-heads had reservations about changing the formula that had worked for twenty years, and we had a willing host who had done it before, and we were certain could do it again. But this go-round marks a definite changing of the guard. Cincinnati placed its hat in the ring (and is the perennial Plan-B) but even Cincinnatians wanted something new. The site of Austin was placed in the ring, with KC and Dionne also marking a transition to the future. A dark horse had been North Carolina with another youth taking the lead, but it never gained traction. It was when Miami came up for a vote that the takeover by the future became clear.

The Youngin takeover was complete when an overwhelming show of unwrinkled hands were raised to say to go South. The “Geriatric Generation” has been supplanted by “Young Cousins”. The Chicago Clan did a great job of showing how to host a Roots style family reunion. Now it’s on to the next ones, and may they take it to another level. Truly, the Roots just keep on growing.

Jumaane N'Namdi Roots Family Reunion 2018 Host

Jumaane N’Namdi
Roots Family Reunion 2018 Host