Fleetguard/Nelson Endowment Pays Tribute to Long-Time Employee and Friend Wilma Carr

During her more than 20 years at Fleetguard/Nelson, Wilma Rebecca Farley Carr gave more to her job than her skills -- she came with a smile, a sunny disposition and a dedication that hasn't been forgotten.

In memory of Carr, Fleetguard/Nelson recently endowed the Wilma Carr Scholarship at Tennessee Technological University by presenting the university with a donation of more than $10,000.

A 1967 Putnam County Senior High School graduate, Carr began her career with Fleetguard as a receptionist in 1978 and moved on to work in personnel, office services, word processing and accounting before taking the assignment of payroll administrator.

A Cookeville native, Carr was the mother of three daughters, Trish, Carla and Leslie. Co-workers describe her as "soft spoken" and "well-liked and respected."

In April 1997, Carr died as a result of domestic violence.

"We are richer because of the time Wilma Carr spent with us," said Morris Irby, Fleetgaurd/Nelson's director of human resources. "Fleetguard has sponsored this scholarship as a lasting tribute to her memory in hope that we can help others break the cycle of violence."

Fleetguard/Nelson also recently arranged a fundraising effort, raising $12,000 to establish a memorial library and assist with needs of domestic violence victims at Genesis House, a shelter for families affected by domestic violence.