We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at John T Rhines Funeral Home
Edith S. Carr moved to her heavenly home on the morning of August 27, 2022. She was the first twin to arrive on June 14, 1936, to the excitement of Boston and Fannie Laura Sheelor in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Followed minutes later by her sister, Francis Jones, whom God claimed first for his heavenly garden in December 2004.
Edith moved to Washington, DC, in the 60s to begin a new life for herself and four daughters. She was a talented seamstress, spending many hours sewing full suits for the next day's event. When she arrived in DC it wasn't long before she found employment as a seamstress. She then elevated her career working for many years in the Federal Government. Starting her career at the Government Printing Office before moving on to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, until an unfortunate accident which limited the use of her hands. After a brief retirement from the Federal Government, she worked as a Special Assistant for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, where she finally retired in 2010.
Edith and her siblings attended George Washington Carver School in Kannapolis, NC. She and several of her sisters formed a gospel group and sang in many local churches. She was a creative artist, for many years designing dolls, making jewelry and painting. She enjoyed bowling, swimming and tennis and her favorite TV shows were old westerns. Gunsmoke was her thing, she, Matt Dillon and Ms. Kitty spent many hours together. Edith loved food and loved to eat, her go to foods were fried fish, cabbage and cornbread. Always waiting and ready for the next family fish fry! Edith was also a devoted philanthropist, wholeheartedly, donating to many charitable organizations.
Edith spent many years on her spiritual journey which started with her home church in Kannapolis, NC, where her father was one of the founders of the Church of God. In the years ahead, Edith set out exploring, learning and experiencing many religions, finally finding her place with God at Evangel Temple in DC and later First Baptist Church of Glenarden Maryland.
Embracing her memory and endless love are:
Daughters: Sybil B. Hayes, Faith Edwards who 's embracing her mother in heaven, Edythe Renee Griffin (Michael), and Stacey Collins
Grandchildren: Wesley R. Terry, Jr. (Meisha), Alvin Williams, William Griffin and Brittany Collins
Great Grandchildren: Jada Allen, and her heart Deveon Tyler (DJ)
Sisters/Brother: Betty Maddox, Laura Lattimore (Virgil), Christine Sheelor and Charles Sheelor (Alice).
Edith is preceded in death by:
father, Boston Sheelor; mother, Fannie Laura Sheelor; husband, Clarence E. Carr; daughter, Faith Edwards; sisters, Tencie Smith, Mazelle Presson, Francis Jones and Peggy Sheelor; brothers, Theodore Sheelor, Boston Sheelor and Thomas Sheelor. There are sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces, and nephews awaiting her arrival so the party can commence.