David R. Karr, Sr., 77, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away on August 12, 2013, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston, WV.
He was born in Chicago, IL on January 31, 1936 to the late William M. Karr and Jeanne Fleming Karr.
David is survived by his children, David R. Karr, JR, (Michelle) of Charleston, WV; Michael F. .Karr (Jennifer) of St. Albans, WV; Pauline E. Karr (Stacey) of Cleveland, OH; and Carrie J. Karr of Huntington, WV; brother, William Karr, III (Diane) of Wilmington, NC; sister, Jane Karr of Huntington, WV; his aunt, Marjorie Baker of Ravenswood, WV; grandchildren, Lauren Brynn, Shannon Kyleigh and Noa Pauline. David is also survived by his special friend and companion, Rose Rhodes of Cottageville, WV. Also surviving are his former wives, Pauline C. Karr of Wheeling WV and Jo Ellen Karr of Dayton, OH. David was preceded in death by his sister, Deborah Karr King of Arizona.
A graduate of Clenenin High School, David continued his education at West Virginia State College and went on to graduate from the West Virginia College of Law. David established a successful career as a lawyer in the Ravenswood area where he practiced until retirement. David was recently recognized by the West Virginia State Bar Association for 50 years of honorable service as a lawyer.
David was the former municipal judge for the City of Ravenswood for 30 years. He was a former member of the board of directors for the Jackson County Bank. David was the Democratic nominee for Circuit Judge of Jackson County in 1972 and 1988. He served as the chairman of the Jackson Democratic party for many years and he was the former chairman Ravenswood Planning and Zoning Commission. He was also a past president for the Ravenswood Masonic Lodge, councilman and service assistant for our Lord and Savior Lutheran Church.
In his spare time David enjoyed acting in the community theater with Kith n’ Hills where he performed “You Can’t Take It with You”. David had a love of playing the guitar, sharing jokes with friends, studying foreign languages, including Spanish, German and French and cooking a favorite meal. He enjoyed traveling to Mexico where he had made may friends.
Upon his retirement, David became a member of the Ravenswood Senior Center where he enjoyed lunches, playing pool and participated in the water aerobic program with a host of friends and colleagues.
Funeral services will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Ravenswood at 1 p.m. on Saturday August 17, 2013 conducted by Niel Cadle and Reverend Patrick Weirck.
Internment will be at the Ravenswood cemetery. Friends may visit the family from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, August 16 2013 at Roush Funeral Home in Ravenswood. Please join the Karr family for a reception at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Ravenswood. Immediately following the internment.