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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Billy Carr (1948 - 2011)

                                                                            (Billy at the 2009 Michael Davitt
                                                                             Irish Open Golf Tournament) 

Billy Brooks Carr, age 63, passed away on August 18, 2011. A native Houstonian, Billy was born on August 6, 1948, to David Coulter Carr & Billie McClain Carr. 

An entrepreneur, Billy's first business was B&J Trash Service. Following this, the Carr Brothers owned and operated Mama Hattie's Hamburgers. 

Billy's love of everything Irish made Mama Hattie's a popular spot for Irish music and dance. In 2007, Billy and his brothers shared the title "Irishman of the Year" and in 2010, the Carr Brothers were honored by being named Grand Marshals of the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Founder of the All-Bones Marching Band, Billy was never without his bones and played them at every opportunity. 

A wordsmith with a keen wit, he enjoyed writing murder mysteries for his "world-famous" mystery pub crawls. He was also an avid golfer, enjoying the links almost as much as the pints that followed. 

Billy is survived by his father, David; twin brother, David; brother, Mike & wife, Vanessa; niece, Jennifer Allmon (Eric), Bethany & Joshua; nephew, James Carr & wife, Contessa; uncle, Donald B. McClain & wife, Janet; cousins, Tracey Platamone (Paul); Stacey McLain; Duff McClain (Christine); & the six-pack: Connor, Ainsley, Nikki, Bella, Holden and Gillian. 

Billy's life will be celebrated at two Irish wakes, in Houston and in Kingwood. Please contact the family for additional information. 

For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Patrick's Parade Commission,, or to Irish Aires, KPFT 90.1 FM Radio, 419 Lovett Blvd., Houston, TX 77006. Go to to leave online condolences.

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