We are saddened by the recent passing of Davis Carr, who was a founding trustee of the Volunteer State Horsemen's Foundation and a loyal supporter of the Iroquois Steeplechase. We are thankful for his contributions to further solidify our event’s reputation as a world-class Nashville tradition, and we extend our condolences to his family.
Below is Mr. Carr’s obituary, which was published in The Tennessean.
Davis H. Carr. Davis died on December 11, 2016 at the age of 76. He was born on July 21, 1940 in Richmond Virginia. Davis received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1961 and a Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1970. He joined the law firm of Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry in the same year. In 1984, Davis became the Managing Partner of Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry and served in that role through 1997. Boult Cummings Conners & Berry merged with Bradley Arant Rose & White on January 1, 2009, and Davis continued as a partner in the firm.
Davis' practice included corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate, commercial and municipal finance, and family business. He served as general counsel to several financial institutions and served on the Board of Directors of American Security Bank & Trust Company, First Union Bank of Tennessee, Dominion Bank of Middle Tennessee and Bank of Eagleville. Davis was active in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee community and was a past trustee, Vice Chair and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Fisk University; past chairman of Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee; a past director, member of the Executive Committee, and founding chairman of the Nashville Downtown Partnership. He previously served as a director of the Nashville Symphony Association; as a director, member of the Executive Committee, vice-chair for Regional and Governmental Relations and general counsel to the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce; director of the Greater Nashville Arts Foundation; and a director and president of the Cumberland Museum (now known as Adventure Science Center) of which he is an Honorary Life member. Davis also was a founder and Trustee of the Volunteer State Horsemen's Foundation. Davis was active in state and local politics, was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. A long-time resident of Nashville, Davis moved to Charlotte, Tennessee to reside on his farm, where he resided on the date of his death.
Davis is preceded in death by his wife, Martha Cash Carr of Mayfield, KY, and his parents, Frederick C.(Pat) Carr and Bernice H. Carr, and a brother, Frederick C. Carr III, all of Richmond, VA. He is survived by his daughters, Wendy Carr and Christy Stewart, Sarah Hobbs and Rachel (Oscar) Arauz, and 7 grandchildren, James Joseph Conners, Jr., Haden Christine Conners, Samuel Davis Conners, Carson Guerry Stewart, Jacob Cash Hobbs, Isabella Arauz and Justus Porter Keith. Also survived by a brother, Thomas H. Carr (Jean) and a sister, Bonnie C. (Richard) Garrett, all of Richmond, VA.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, December 16, 2016, at two thirty in the afternoon, Woodlawn's Dignity Hall. A family burial will be held in Mayfield, KY, on Sunday.
Gathering of Family & Friends will be held Thursday from four o'clock until seven o'clock and Friday from one thirty until two thirty at Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to Junior Achievement-Nashville, 120 Powell Place, Nashville, TN 37204.