Fallen Hero: SGM(Ret) John Robert Carver


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Woolmarket Baptist Church, 12816 Lorraine Road, Woolmarket, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, from 12:00-1:45PM


Woolmarket Baptist Church, 12816 Lorraine Road, Woolmarket, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 2 PM


Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero have been released from duty, passed from our ranks on Oct. 22, 2021 and moved on to his heavenly home. SGM(Ret) John Robert Carver, age 78, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within 890th Engineer Battalion working full time as the battalion trading NCO has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.  Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.


John Robert Carver, age 78 of Woolmarket, passed away on Friday, October 22, 2021.
He was preceded in death by his fathers, Burnice Carver and Bennie Douglas.
John is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judy Carver; his mother, Louise Douglas; his children, Cathy (John) Yarbrough, Patti (Kenny) Wilson, Laurie Carver, Julie (Robert) Romero, and Sherry (Keith) Manz; Siblings, Virginia (Johnny) Brumley, David (Dean) Douglas, Roy (Trina) Douglas, and Shirley Hobbs; his grandchildren, Amber (Levi) Hood, Lauren (Matthew) Landrum, Courtney (Jesse) Richard, Jordan Wilson, Jake Wilson, Jenna Wilson, Katie Wilson, Logan Manz, and Gabby Manz; great-grandchildren, Madalyn Hood, Hadleigh Hood, Braylon Landrum, Aubrey Landrum, and Easton Richard.
John Carver was a man of great faith, who loved and served God, his family, and his country. He served in the US Army January 1961 through February 2001, retiring at the rank of Sgt. Major. He was the Training NCO of the 890th Engineer Battalion. He was a charter member of the Mississippi National Guard Non-Commissioned Officers Association, where he served terms as President, and Vice President.
John was Scout Leader of Woolmarket’s troop of Boy Scouts of America in the early 1960’s. In the mid 60’s he coached the first girls’ softball team in Woolmarket, then coached a Pony League baseball team in Gulfport. He devoted over two decades to Little League Baseball and softball during the years his daughters were growing up. He began in the 1970’s leading the growth of the program in Woolmarket and ended his volunteer time in 1997 as the District Administrator of the State of Mississippi. He was recognized with numerous awards and honors throughout his 40-year military career and his years of service to his community.
Along with his love and devotion to his family, his other great commitment in his life was demonstrating his love for God by serving in his church. At the age of 22, John was ordained to serve as a deacon in Woolmarket Baptist Church, where he continued to serve for 51 years. He was an avid supporter of Sunday School and all the various ministries of the church and was most recently involved in Kid’s Beach Club at Woolmarket Elementary, and North Woolmarket schools, and with Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine Special Needs Prom, hosted by Woolmarket Baptist Church.
His family would like to express gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Keesler Medical Center for the exceptional care and compassion they showed for John and his family.
Special thanks to our pastor, Rev. Paul Crowley, who John has respected as a pastor, and loved as a member of his family.
A visitation will be held at Woolmarket Baptist Church, 12816 Lorraine Road, Woolmarket, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, from 12:00-1:45PM, with the funeral service to follow at 2:00PM, with interment at Coalville Cemetery directly after the service.
Riemann Family Funeral Home, 11280 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport, is serving the family. The online guestbook may be viewed, and memories shared at www.riemannfamily.com