Warlick Carr

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Marvin Warlick Carr

(High-profile lawyer
in Lubbock, Texas)

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Born January 4, 1921
Fairlie, Hunt County, Texas, USA
Died July 9, 2008 (aged 87)
Lubbock, Texas

Resting place:
Resthaven Cemetery in Lubbock

Political Party Democrat
Spouse Billilee "Bee" Ragan Carr (married 1949-2008, his death)

Leanne Carr Meyer
Bradley Warlick Carr

Marvin Warlick Carr, known as Warlick Carr (January 4, 1921 – July 9, 2008), was a prominent American attorney in Lubbock, Texas, and the brother of former state Attorney General Vincent Waggoner Carr. Warlick Carr specialized in business transactions, real estate, business litigation, probate, estate planning, and mediation.[1]

Early years, education, military

Carr was born in rural Fairlie in Hunt County east of Dallas, the second of four children to Vincent Carr (1892–1983) and the former Ruth Warlick (1897–1985). The family moved to Lubbock in 1932, when Vincent Carr's bank in Fairlie failed. The Carr brothers graduated from Lubbock High School. In 1940, the two received Bachelor of Arts degrees from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Warlick's degree was in government.[2]

The Carr brothers excelled on the debate teams and won numerous tournaments. After Texas Tech, Warlick Carr entered Columbia University Law School in New York City but transferred after one year to the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, which Waggoner was attending. Warlick graduated with honors in April 1947 with a Juris Doctorate degree.[3]

His law school education was interrupted by three and a half years of service in the United States Army Air Corps, the forerunner of the Air Force. Carr entered as a private and was discharged as a captain in the Intelligence Corps. Returning to UT, Carr was elected to The Chancellors and to the Order of the Coif and served as student editor of the Texas Law Review.[3]

Private law practice

Upon graduation, he and Waggoner started their own firm in Lubbock under the name Carr & Carr. When Waggoner was elected county attorney for Lubbock County, Warlick joined the existing Lubbock firm of Bradley & Keys. In 1960, Warlick Carr became an organizing member of the firm of Key, Carr, Carr & Clark, a firm that stayed in existence, under varying names, until 2000, when he joined Mullin, Hoard & Brown, LLP, with offices in the Wells, Fargo Center, at which he remained until his death.[3]

In 1962, Carr was one of the attorneys who tried the only civil suit against Billie Sol Estes, a financier from Pecos, Texas, who was accused of fraud and misrepresentation. Carr directed the filing of some thirty lawsuits in a 24-hour period at a time when such matters were produced on a manual typewriter.[4][5]

Carr was recognized in 1991 by the Lubbock County Bar Association as a "Distinguished Senior Lawyer". In 1998, he was named the "Outstanding 50-Year Lawyer" by the Texas Bar Foundation. A former president of Lubbock Rotary International, Carr was a Paul P. Harris Fellow, a prestigious award named for the founder of Rotary.[3]

Carr was a member of the State Board of Law Examiners from 1977 to 1997 and was the chairman of the board for the last six years of his tenure. He was the second longest-serving attorney on the board. At the time of Carr's death, John Simpson, chairman of the Board of Law Examiners, recalled that the meticulous Carr was never seen without a suit and tie and never removed his jacket when he was in his office.[4]

Carr was admitted to practice in all state courts, in the United States District Court for Northern District of Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Carr was a member of the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority, the Lubbock Area Foundation, Lubbock Symphony Board, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, and the Lubbock Board of City Development. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lubbock and the Methodist Hospital Foundation.[3]

The Carrs were Democrats. Waggonner Carr carried the Democratic banner against Republican U.S. Senator John Tower in the 1966 campaign. However, prior to his death, Warlick Carr was a donor to John Cornyn, the Republican who holds the same Senate seat that Tower first won in 1961. In the 2008 general election, Cornyn easily defeated the Democratic Texas state Representative Rick Noriega of Harris County.[6]


On April 30, 1949, Carr married the former Billilee "Bee" Ragan (July 28, 1923 – April 18, 2010), an interior designer originally from Big Spring, Texas. She attended elementary school in Big Spring and moved to nearby Sweetwater in Nolan County, where she graduated in 1940 from Sweetwater High School. She then attended Texas Tech and the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. She was a draftsman for an oil company and then a designer for the former Decorator's Studio in Lubbock as well as an active community figure.[7]

The Carrs had two children, Leanne Carr and husband Robert Benedict "Bob" Meyer, Jr. (born c. 1943), of Lake Forest, Illinois, and Bradley Warlick Carr and wife Patti Ann (both born c. 1956) of Horseshoe Bay, Texas, and three granddaughters, Mallory and Lindsey Meyer, and Natalie Carr Sartell and husband Ryan. The marriage of Leanne Carr and Bob Meyer, originally from McConnelsville, Ohio, was carried in The New York Times on September 19, 1982. At the time of the marriage, Meyer was vice president of the World Banking Group of Chemical Bank in New York City.[8]

Carr also had a brother, Dr. Robert L. Carr and wife Betty; a sister, Virginia Campbell Carter and her second husband, Bill Carter of Fort Worth, who was a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1985 to 2003, and sister-in-law, Ernestine Story Carr (1920-2013) of Austin, the widow of Waggoner Carr.[4]

Death and legacy

In April 2008, Carr broke a leg, and physicians discovered that his body was permeated with cancer. He died three months later at his Lubbock residence. His brother had also died of cancer four years earlier in Austin, after having survived a decade with the disease.[4]

Donald Hunt (born June 22, 1934),[1] who practiced law with Carr for forty-seven years, described his colleague as "my mentor. He had respect for the law and translated that to others." According to The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Carr was best known for having been "detail-oriented and meticulous in his preparation for trial [and for his] attributes [of] integrity, honesty and class." Hunt called his friend "the pole star to which all other attorneys should be measured. He was the one that shined brightest in the heavens."[4]

Lubbock attorney George Gilkerson said that Carr was "an outstanding person, a pillar of integrity, and [we] likely won't ever see someone like him again. I think we lost a giant of a lawyer and a very true advocate. He was very well thought of -- even by his foes."[4]

The Carrs are interred at Resthaven Cemetery in Lubbock.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mullin Hoard & Brown, L.L.P. Lubbock, Texas Profile. Lawyers.com; no longer has information on Warlick Carr.
  2. Warlick Carr, Member of Mullin Hoard & Brown LLP. Spoke business directory; no longer on-line..
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Marvin Warlick Carr obituary. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (July 11, 2008; no longer on-line.).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Giant of lawyer Carr dies at 87. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (July 10, 2008; article no longer on-line.).
  5. Judge to delay contempt ruling. The Pecos Independent and Enterprise (May 21, 1962). Retrieved on April 13, 2019.
  6. W. Carr Campaign Contributions and Donations. The Huffington Post (2007 and 2008; no longer on-line).
  7. 7.0 7.1 Billilee "Bee" Ragan Carr. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved on April 20, 2010; no longer on-line.
  8. "Leanne Carr Is Married", The New York Times, September 19, 1982.