Rev. Jack L. Carver, age 85 of Bolivar, departed this life Wednesday afternoon, October 17, 2012 at his home.
A native of Madison County, he was born May 13, 1927. He was united in marriage to Earldine Utley, who survives, April 16, 1946 and served in the United States Army from 1945 to 1947. He and his wife moved to Hardeman County in December of 1963 and remained there with the exception of living in Memphis from 1974 to 1980.
Rev. Carver surrendered to preach in 1958 and served as a full-time minister in many churches, including Mifflin Baptist Church in Chester County, Clover Creek Baptist Church in Medon, Summertown Baptist Church in Summertown, TN, New Union Baptist Church in Medon, Parrans Chapel Baptist Church in Bolivar, Charjean Baptist Church in Memphis, and Hebron Baptist Church in Middleton. He also served as interim pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Toone, Emmanuel Baptist Church in West Memphis, AR, and Hatchie Bapist Church in Hornsby. Most recently, he was a member at the First Baptist Church in Bolivar and sang in the Golden Sounds Choir. He had preached at all the Baptist churches in Hardeman County except for two.
He also served the community as a volunteer chaplain for Bolivar General Hospital and was a member and past president of the American Legion at Middleton. He loved serving people and enjoyed photography as a hobby.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Rickey Carver and wife Kathy of Collierville, Debbie Pumphrey of Nashville and Mike Carver and wife Linda of Bolivar; six grandchildren, Jennifer Gladdin and husband Bernie of Maryville, Stephannie Welsh and husband Eric of Jackson, Mississippi, Lindsey Sipes of New York, New York, Kayce Singleton and husband Jonathan of Nashville, Heather Wagner and husband Doug of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Jessica Howell and husband Derek of Middleton; six great-grandchildren, Max Gladdin, Beckett and Lachlan Welsh, Jett Singleton, Catelynn Wagner, Peyton Howell, and one on the way; and several nieces and nephews.