His Grandfather and Son Unknowingly Attended the Same School
“Unknown at the time, my son chose the same school that my grandfather chose so many years ago — under such different circumstances.
See, my grandfather James Hamilton Carr (’24) graduated from North Greenville as a WWI veteran and Purple Heart recipient in 1924. He had joined the army underage and with no high school education.
My great-grandparents gladly signed off on his enlistment — I'll just say because he wasn't a follower of Christ at the time!
After being gassed in the trenches of a battlefield and nearly dying in a French hospital, [my grandfather] gave his life to Christ and committed to becoming a medical missionary. His brother — my great uncle Irving Pomeroy Carr, who was an Army officer — found him after many months of searching for him in hospitals throughout Europe.
Uncle Irving later settled in Florence, SC, practicing dentistry. He helped my grandfather enroll at North Greenville to receive a high school education.
As of about four years ago, the Registrar’s Office still had my grandfather’s transcripts, and on them, “Irving Pomeroy Carr” was listed as the contact when I obtained a copy for my father. The final entry states that Mr. Carr picked up a copy of his transcripts and would be attending Furman in the fall. He ended up attending and graduating from Mercer, instead.
I don’t know the story as to how or why my grandfather chose North Greenville, but my son James Hackler Carr (’17) chose it for a Christ-centered education. He graduated with a degree in business administration on May 5, 2017.
It always brings tears to my eyes thinking about my grandfather walking those same hills almost 100 years before his great-grandson, whom he never knew. And I am sure that he would be proud!”
After receiving this submission from James Edward Carr, we decided to learn more about his great-grandfather’s time at North Greenville.
During his senior year at North Greenville Baptist Academy, James “Jimmie” Hamilton Carr was active on campus as a leader in various student organizations. He served as vice president of the ACH Literary Society; vice president of the Dean Crain Ministerial Band; and treasurer and then, subsequently, quiz leader of the Grandpa Taylor Baptist Young People’s Union (BYPU).
The following quote ran alongside his senior profile in the 1924 issue of “The Moonshiner” annual: “A mind to conceive, a heart to resolve, and a hand to execute.”
Story written by James Edward Carr
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