|Mr. Carr dies; ends more than 60 years at newspaper|
|Wednesday, March 20, 2013|
From Post staff reports
Funeral arrangements are pending for longtime Lebanon Democrat employee Billy Carr, 83, who died early Tuesday morning at his residence.
Mr. Carr worked at the Lebanon daily newspaper for more than 60 years, beginning as a part-time employee while he was still in school. He became a fulltime employee in 1947.
Mr. Carr served in a number of capacities at The Democrat, mostly in the production and printing of the newspaper. He began when four pages of the paper were printed then turned and another four pages were then printed on what was known as a Miehle press.
During his time at the paper, Mr. Carr worked in make-up, type washing, setting ads and jobs from type cases, running presses, pulling proofs and other jobs. He served for a number of years as Production Manager of The Democrat. He witnessed many changes in the newspaper profession, up to and including the addition of computers and pagination.
He taught many people about how to lay out a newspaper, including Wilson Post Publisher Sam Hatcher, Sports Editor Tommy Bryan and former Publisher John Bryan. He also taught numerous students from Lebanon High School, Castle Heights Military Academy and Cumberland University.
"Billy was a teacher to many. He showed so many of us about the how and why of newspaper layout and design. He was a very kind and generous person who knew many of the past legends of the newspaper industry as well as those who are involved in print journalism today," Hatcher said.
Mr. Carr also served for two years in the U.S. Army and served during World War II. He was a member of the Tennessee Defense Force where he served as sergeant major, and was assigned to the 201st Military Police battalion in Lebanon.
Mr. Carr enjoyed talking about his military service and also about politics. He could always be identified by the way he often began his comments with his customary “Well…”
“Billy was a good friend to those of us here at The Wilson Post who formerly worked with him at The Democrat,” said Jennifer Horton, editor of The Post. “I especially remember the many chats we had in the production area as we were pasting up the next day’s newspaper, before we switched to pagination. He was very much a patriot, interested in the politics of the day and proud of his military service. I remember he visited our office a few years ago here at The Post and treated three or four of us to lunch at Chili’s. It was a good visit.”
He was a charter member of the former Mary Chaffin Memorial United Methodist Church which merged with First United Methodist Church in June 2008. Mr. Carr served for a number of years as the treasurer at Mary Chaffin UMC.
Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.