On Sunday, October 23, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas, Dorothy Smoot Carr passed away peacefully, after courageously fighting multiple illnesses. She was born to Paul and Dora Smoot in Bennetsville, SC on March 30, 1935. She graduated from Dunbar High School, Washington D.C. From there she enrolled in Miner’s Teachers College (now the University of District of Columbia); majoring in elementary education. In 1956, Dorothy graduated from the D.C. Teacher’s College, earning a Bachelor of Science in Teaching. As a brand new teacher, she taught 1st grade at Bryan Elementary School in Washington D.C. During her 35 years of teaching she developed and shared her knowledge with hundreds of young students. During her last three years as an educator, she was a linchpin to successful careers of countless teachers and staff while assigned to the D.C. Schools Staff Development Office.
In 1957, Dorothy met and married Fred Emmanuel Xavier Porter. From this union of 30 years, three children were born; Fred Jr, Leon and Caroleen. Her husband, Fred served as Assistant Pastor of Tenth Street Baptist Church; subsequently in December 1971, he was called to pastor Antioch Baptist Church. At Antioch Baptist, Dorothy served as a Trustee and Educational Trainer. In 1982, Fred established the Peaceful Bible Baptist Church in Capitol Heights, MD. As First Lady, she served as Sunday School Superintendent/teacher and led as a Deaconess. After the passing of Fred in 1987, Peaceful Bible Baptist Church merged with Cornerstone Baptist Church to form Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastors Daniel and Sabrina Mangrum. Under the newly formed church she led as Superintendent of the Sunday School as well as lead trainer for all Sunday School teachers. She also taught the Senior Adult Ministry Sunday School class.
In 1994, Dorothy married Barry Carr, this union enriched their family by adding his children; Joyce, Annette, Amanda and Ricky to Dorothy’s 3 children. After the passing of Barry in 2011, she moved to San Antonio, TX where she joined Covenant Community Church pastored by Dr. Earl Grant, Jr. Under Pastor Grant and First Lady Ivory Grant’s leadership, she was involved with several ministries, to include: Sunday School, the church Strategic Planning Committee, Covenant Senior Saints, the Women’s Ministry and the Minister’s Wives Ministry.
Dorothy Smoot Carr was affectionately known as “Dot” and “Ma Carr.” Her happiest moments were spent when she was with family and friends and in church; always faithfully serving the Lord. She loved to uplift others and could always be found at home watching her favorite news broadcasts on television, cooking new dishes and enjoying her favorite foods.
Dorothy leaves to cherish her memory, her children: Fred Porter Jr. (Karen), Leon Porter (Brenda), Caroleen Moore, Ricky Carr and Amanda Washington (Rob); her 13 grandchildren: Leon Porter Jr. (Iben), Brendan Porter (Jenna), Fred Porter III (Amelia), Christopher Porter, Emma Simone Porter, Jera Moore, Darius Moore, Jasmine Smith, Tiffany Carr, Robyn Carr, Israel Carr, Araybia Washington and Lindsey Washington; great grandchildren; her God-Daughter Lynette Spriggs-Bell; 3 Sister-in-Laws: Mrs. Zadie Washington, Columbus, GA, Ms. Amanda Carr and Ms. Esther Carr, Pittsburgh PA; nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
Finally, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husbands; Dr. Fred E.X. Porter and Mr. Barry Carr; her parents; Paul and Dora Smoot; her sister and brother-in-Law, Edith and Ray Streeter; her stepdaughters, Joyce Carr and Annette Carr and granddaughter; Paris Porter.
The Funeral Service will be held at 10:00AM, with visitation beginning at 9:00AM, on Thursday, November 03, 2022 at Covenant Community Church. A private interment will take place at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at a later date.
*** Acknowledgements ***
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude for the numerous and overwhelming expressions of sympathy, visits and acts of kindness shown during their bereavement and during the illness of Ms. Carr. Also, a special acknowledgement to her loving care takers; Ms. Joyce McClinton, Mrs. Dorothy Devillier and Mrs. Carmen Lopez for their unconditional love and care during this difficult time. Finally, thank you to Covenant Community Church Family for your support, love and selflessness throughout the years.
Leon Porter Jr. Brendan Porter
Fred Porter III Christopher Porter
Darius Moore Lee Moore
Johndalyn Parker Odell James
Melvin Compton Leland Williams
Derrick Moore Ricky Carr
Elbie Williams Rob Washington
Final Arrangements Entrusted To:
Schertz Funeral Home
Kacey M. Jones, Funeral Director
2217 F.M. 3009
Schertz, TX 78154