John Ray Carver, Jr

Born: Wed., Oct. 11, 1944
Died: Sun., Sep. 8, 2013

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John Ray Carver, Jr., 68, of Greensboro, GA, formerly of Louisville, KY passed away on September 8, 2013 at his home surrounded by loved ones. Born in Glasgow, KY on October 11, 1944, he was the son of the late John Ray Carver, Sr. and William Hazel Ferguson Carver. He received a Master''s Degree in Education from Western Kentucky University. On March 17, 1983 he married the former Cynthia Warrene Harding in Louisville, KY. A lifelong educator, he taught for twenty-nine years at Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, KY and twelve years at Greene County Public Schools in Greensboro, GA. After retiring from teaching, he was elected to the Greene County Board of Education. He loved motorcycle riding and attended many motorcycle events across the United States. John and his wife Cindy moved to Greene County in 1995.

In addition to his wife, Cindy Carver of Greensboro, GA, he is survived by two daughters, April Rizzo of Tallahassee, FL and Angela Marcum of Louisville, KY; a son, J. R. Carver of Greensboro, GA; five grandchildren, Bailey, Brookln, Max, Olivia and Nate; and many friends.

The family will receive friends on, Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home. A reception will follow at the family''s home. The family requests any memorials be made to Juvenile Diabetes, Georgia Chapter, 3525 Piedmont Rd., NE, Bldg. 6, Suite 300 Atlanta GA 30305. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Lindsey Duvall
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
You were truly a great asset to the community as well as a wonderful person! Thank you for your friendship all of these years with my family! You will be missed dearly!

Jerry & Jean Holland
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
I was shocked to get this news. I am deeply saddened at the loss. My prayers and condolences go out to Cindy and the rest of his family. I had a lot of contact with him through the Concours Owners Group and we all thought the world of John. You will be missed. Jerry

Norm Walton
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
I am very sorry for your loss. Norm Walton COG 7011

Eddie Minter
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
I was saddened to learn of John's passing. I met John through the Concours Owners Group and considered hin a good friend. He will certainly be missed. Cindy and family, you will be in my thoghts and prayers during your time of grief. God Bless!

Victor Salisbury
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
So very, very saddened by John's passing. Way too early for such a generous and wonderful person. The Salisbury's

Lane Harrison
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
I am sorry for your loss. COG has also suffered a great loss of a real gentleman It was an honor for me to know and ride with him.

Betty Jo Evans
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
Dear Family, God Bless all of you at this time. May you find confort in knowing he is with the Lord. Betty Jo

Reid Yeargan
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
So sorry to hear. John was one of the first people I met in the Concours Owners Group. No one was a stranger for long with John. Prayers for Cindy and the family. Godspeed and and ride on John

Sibley Bryan III
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
Dear Family, Mr. Carver will be missed. He was a great man with a huge heart, a bright spirit and an infectious laugh who was always kind and honest to me. He was a wonderful champion for the education of the children and the future greatness he saw in our community. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Christie James
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
Sad to hear of Mr. Carver's passing. He was in education for all the right reasons. What a good guy! My condolences to the family.

Mr. & Mrs. Terry Cantrell
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
You are in our thoughts and prayers during your time of sorrow.

Jo Poole
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go to John's family. May all of their wonderful memories together help to sustain them in this time of grief. It was such a pleasure in knowing John through COG, he was a friend and such a gentleman. Jo

Bob Dombrowe
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
I had the pleasure of working with John on the COG 2014 National Team for over a year. John was always focused on how he could make things better and created the video for next year's National even after he had a stroke and just wouldn't give up. He shared a lot of stories during this time and we realized, not only was he a very talented individual, but in general an all around good guy willing to do whatever it took. God Speed John.

Ann Wilson
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
Cindy and family. I am so very sorry for your loss. God bless each of you.

Ricky, Cathy, and Kelsey Duvall
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
JR and family, we are very sorry for your loss. We will be praying for comfort during this difficult time.

Jan Hallman
   Posted Mon September 09, 2013
To the Family of John Carver, Wow...words just don't come. Mr. Carver was an extraordinary person. Our oldest had the pleasure of being one of his students at GCHS and I had the pleasure of working with him at GCHS. There will not be another one like him. May you ride the big motorcycle in the mountains of Heaven. You will be missed. RIP Jan & David Hallman, Josh and Robert Holliday

Jack Ferguson
   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
John was a good friend and while we haven't seen each other for a while I felt a loss and a void in the world when I first learned of his passing. He was always willing to help out friends new and old and his presence will be sorely missed in the years to come. My prayers are with Cindy, April, and Angela. Godspeed John. Go quietly into Red Dawn.

Don Norwood
   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
Our paths crossed a few times in past years via motorcycle events or trips. My thoughts and prayers with the family during this time. Helen Keller - "What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, For all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." My next ride I will lower my back pegs to take John Ray along in memory.

Davilyn Rainwater
   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
My condolences to the Carver family. I enjoyed working with John at Greene County High School. He was intelligent, funny, and did a lot of projects with his students. He was greatly respected by our community as evidenced by his election to the Board of Education. He will be missed.

   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
John was my mentor and my friend. I will miss him a lot. My thoughts and prayers for his family. God speed John. TCARS.

Judy White
   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
My prayers go out for you all. Johnny was unique, a one of a kind person. He often allowed me, his little cousin, to tag along when my brother Donald didn't want me. To this day, I can see him carrying his pet rooster, yes a rooster, around Mammy's house. No one else could catch that fool rooster, but he always let Johnny carry him around. Johnny will be missed.

Vivien Carver
   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
I am shocked at the sudden passing of my cousin. Johnny was always such fun to be around and of course if it was a machine he was a genius. Although we did not get together often, I will surely miss his smile and good stories. Praying for the family during this difficult time

winona sanders hildabrand
   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
My grandmother Betty Holder was John Ray Carver Sr. Sister, she lived in Allen County, Scottsville,Ky. Johnnie and I were closer when we were young. I was Betty's Grandaughter that she raised. Just wanted to say I am sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed. The last time I saw him was at the Carver's Homecoming in Glasgow he rode up on his motorcycle. He looked so happy and full of life. You will always have the great memories.

Deborah Long (Locklin)
   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
Will miss you, John. I could always count on you for good old common sense and a smile at GTCHS. This world won't be the same without you! I hope you are now enjoying your heavenly bike with the angels.

Carmen Evarts
   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
RIP brother in law .... We have shared many good times over the will be truly missed by all that knew and loved you. My heart felt condolences to his beautiful family.... I love you all

Tony & Lori Smith (Ivy & Zach)
   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
Mr. Carver will be sorely missed! Our heartfelt condolences go to all of your family during this time of loss. May God bless you as we keep you in our prayers.

Robert Elliott
   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
Was shocked to hear this. May he find the roads he will now be travelling endless fun. May his family find solace in that he is in a better place. I also wish to offer my condolences to his wife and family. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched. TCARS John, we will miss you.

Ted & Judy Adcock
   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
Just got the news that our Buddy John was gone. My heart is aching, hard to type. Going to miss him. But, I KNOW John has gone to a better place. Anyone with that kind of spirit,,, is there. We'll be thinking of him when we ride. Bless you John. Ted & Judy

Bob Pappalardo
   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
Peace be with you and your family. It was a pleasure to have known you, even for such a short time. The Concours Owners Group will be a lessor place without you.

Dixie & Jack Younkin (Carver)
   Posted Wed September 11, 2013
So sorry about the passing of Johnny, will sure miss talking to him on Email. A lot of good memories growing up & family gathering. Hadn't seen him in a long time, he rode up on his motorcycle at the Carver Reunion, it was a good surprise. One thing I will always remember as a child, I,m 8 yrs older, Aunt Hazel would have me to watch him out playing, if Johnny saw sand, he would pick it up & eat it like candy. And playing in the little creek by their house. He was a great cousin. Love & prays . Dixie & Jackkj

Page Burt
   Posted Wed September 11, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. I did not have the pleasure of meeting John, but I heard so many wonderful things about him, I felt like I knew him. Much love and light.

Tim Dobbs
   Posted Wed September 11, 2013
I had the pleasure to know John for 15 years in the Greene County School System and am very sad to see such a great person leave this world. John was a true warrior for the students he taught and came in contact with. He always wanted the very best for the students and demonstrated it through his career as a educator and as a board member. My feelings go out to the family. We can all take comfort that John is in a much better place. We will all miss you.

Verley Sue Dotson
   Posted Wed September 11, 2013
I always enjoyed hearing about your bike trips and the pleasure you reaped from your journeys as the wind whispered and howled. This is the John that loved the earth in all its beauty. As you taught, you transferred that beauty to your students and your co-workers. Ride on and fill the sky with laughter.

Reeca Carver
   Posted Wed September 11, 2013
It is just so hard to believe that another generation in the carver family has passed on. I am so sorry we never got an opportunity to come see you all at the lake. I remember the day Cindy and John got married. I can still see him driving up to the Carver Reunions on his motorcycle and taking the older cousins for a ride. He was in his glory, smiling from ear to ear. Always felt we had a close bond with our education in Career and Technical Education. He will be missed. Do keep in touch and May God bless each of you in the days ahead.

   Posted Wed September 11, 2013

Tom Sills
   Posted Thu September 12, 2013
Tom Sills has sent this Expressions of Sympathy card.

Robyn Gaiotti
   Posted Thu September 12, 2013
I came to know John Carver while I worked with his daughter, April, here in Tallahassee. We sat side by side at dance recitals, weddings and family gatherings. I did not know him well, but I could see clearly that he was a kind, generous man and he loved his kids and grandkids. I feel grateful to have met him and I know he will be dearly missed. Blessings and love to the extended family. Robyn

Holiday Inn Johnson City TN
   Posted Fri September 13, 2013
The staff and Management of the Holiday Inn send our condolences to the family, many friends and his associates at the Concours Owners Group.

Bonnie Potts Brumfield
   Posted Wed September 18, 2013
So sorry to hear of John's passing. Graduated in 1962 with John! Bonnie Potts Brumfield

Carolyn Smith Holliday
   Posted Thu September 19, 2013
Sorry to hear about your loss. I was a high school classmate and graduated with John Ray in 1962 in Glasgow, Ky. My sympathy goes out to all of his family.

David C. Hicks
   Posted Sun November 24, 2013
I only just learned of John's passing. The world is a lesser place without him. He was truly one of the "good guys." He and I shared many roads together on our two-wheeled adventures. I will miss you, John!