Mr. Carr has not been feeling well, off and on this last year, but with his wife by his side taking care of him, they are making it another wonderful year together, according to their daughter, Lorena Parker.
Carr was born of Upper Fords Creek Road in Orofino, Idaho, on Dec. 7, 1921, to Valley Gordon Carr and Ada Shelburn Carr. His wife, Clella D. Millage, was born on the Nez Perce Prairie in Nez Perce, Idaho, to William Millage and Mary Alice Sanford Millage on April 8, 1925. They met at the Lumberjack Days in Orofino when he was 18 years old and she was 15. The two ran off to Lewiston, Idaho, where they were married. When their families discovered that they had married, they separated them for several months sending Clella to Grand Coulee, Wash., to live with her sister. Carr finally found her in a hospital suffering with blood poisoning. After she was well, she was sent back to Orofino. They ran off again and this time, the family left them alone.
They made their home in Pierce and Weippe, Idaho, where they raised their daughters Lavonne Love, Levita Carr, Lorena and a foster daughter Helen Hoyt. Carr logged, and ran a 360-acre ranch on Upper Fords Creek his family had homesteaded when they moved from West Virginia to Idaho and served a church in Weippe and Lewiston with his wife by his side. Mrs. Carr loved to cook, and keep the family going. She also worked in the ministry with her husband. Many of the children growing up in Pierce remember stopping and eating her goodies she made daily.
Nearly everything the Carrs did, they did as a family. They loved to travel Canada when the girls were young and enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing as a family. They loved to hunt the mountains of Idaho and taught their daughters to do the same. The Carrs have 19 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Carr moved to Cleveland in May of 1993 and visited the homestead in Harman, W.Va. They traveled overseas, also, doing missionary work in the Ukraine, Austria, and other countries. One of their grandsons, Brent Carr from Seattle, took them to Alaska a few years ago where they fished and caught salmon.
Asked what has given them such a long life together and a wonderful marriage, the anniversary couple will tell you “the Lord Jesus Christ,” as they gave their lives to him in 1965 and have lived for him ever since.
They still live in their own home and just love to be together and have family visit.
To wish them a happy 74th wedding anniversary, send cards and wishes to Albert and Clella Carr, 322 Stone Reagan Road S.E., Cleveland, TN 37323.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend the anniversary celebration through this Banner announcement.