Ada Elizabeth Carr, the youngest daughter of (the late) George Carr and Bessie Rucker Carr, was born on September 6, 1933 in Davidson, North Carolina. Early in life, Ada accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. She was baptized at Gethsemane Baptist Church there in Davidson. She attended Torrence Lytle High School in Huntersville, North Carolina, and was a popular student who excelled in academics, basketball and music. Upon graduation from high school in 1952, Ada won a scholarship to attend Stillman Presbyterian College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. There, she studied the Bible and became a devout Christian. After graduation in 1956, Ada moved to Madison, Georgia where she worked as an elementary school teacher for eight years.
In the early 1960s, Ada moved to New York for bigger and brighter opportunities. Soon after, she began working as a caseworker for the New York City Department of Social Services. Her many responsibilities included investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect. Ada retired from Administration for Children’s Services in 1995 after twenty-nine years of service.
Ada was a faithful member of The Brooklyn Tabernacle for over thirty years. She loved to study the Bible, and would often attend MTI Bible classes. She served in the Visitation and Evangelism Ministries. She was a member of the Seniors In Action Ministry. She also sang in the Senior Choir, and participated in Vacation Bible School. Never afraid to try new things, in the mid-1990s, Ada joined Coney Island Grace Tabernacle under the leadership of Pastor Floyd Johnson. She enjoyed attending prayer meetings and singing in the choir. In recent years, Ada joined Pastor Anthony Quintyne in pioneering Enduring Faith Ministries. She was loved by all who attended the Church; in fact, she was affectionately known as "The Mother of the Church".
During the week, Ada attended the Ebbets Field Senior Center and would fellowship with her dear friends over lunch. She was always friendly to all she encountered, and was adopted by many people in the community who lovingly called her “Ms. Ada”. Ada deeply loved and cared for her family, and delighted in the gatherings and reunions. She traveled to North Carolina every year to attend the Torrence Lytle High School Reunion. It was her joy to reunite with old friends, classmates and family. To those who truly knew her, Ada was a gift from God and will surely be missed.
Her siblings who predeceased her are: Joyce Byers, Louis Carr, Edward Carr, Garteen Carr, Doris Carr Simon, Thelma Cochran, Pete McClain, James Carr, Clyde Carr and Eula Pettis. Ada leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter Tavia Gibbs; her brother Charles Carr (of Manning, South Carolina); sisters-ln-law: Annie Raye Carr (of Brooklyn, New York), Rose Carr (of Manning, South Carolina), Janie McClain (of the Bronx, New York) and Laura Shelton-Carr (of Laurelton, New York); her friends: Bettye Rose, Jean Sykes, Lubertha Macgruder, Dorothy Simons, Beatrice Manuel, Elizabeth Grey Samuel and Barbara Morgan; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, including Naomi Tucker (of Davidson, North Carolina), other relatives, church members and friends.