Brian came into our lives on June 21, 1979 and left us on May 2, 2017 at the age of 37. We brought him home from the hospital as a newborn and thus began a wonderful roller coaster ride in life.
Brian was a John Deere tractor man from the age of 2 when he got his first toy JD riding tractor. He would spend hours riding it up and down the sidewalk. Then as he grew, they became real ones taking up the back yard and driveway. So many in fact, that we had to buy a place to put them. We settled in Hallettsville. He loved the town and was making new friends. After the barn was completed and a small house was built inside, he refused to come back to Deer Park. He always said he was meant to be a country boy and not live in the city. Brian was a member of the Blue Bonnet Tractor Club in Pearland for many years and later joined the South Texas Wheel Spinners and Crank Twisters club in Hallettsville. Also, a longtime member of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association (EDGE&TA). Brian was well known in the show circuits throughout Texas. He won numerous trophies and ribbons competing. His favorite shows were Temple in October, Wallis in June, Hallettsville in January. Brian was a wheeler-dealer when it came to tractors, he would search for hours on the computer for parts and tractors for himself and others, he knew just where to look – wheeling and dealing – he was always buying a tractor from somewhere or trading one for another. Tractors were his life. Brian suffered many years with an illness called Neurofibromatosis (NF2). It is a debilitating disease that causes tumors throughout the body. It affected his hearing and eyesight. He worked through the pain as best he could, but as his illness progressed, he became increasingly tired. He was not as active and had quit going to shows this past year as he did not have the strength. Brian was preceded in death by his grandparents, Audrey and Fritz Cullom, Marian Knox, Chet Carr and honorary grandparents, Ralph and Tooter King. He is survived by his parents, Patrick and Virginia Carr of Hallettsville, his aunts and uncles, Elizabeth Fisher of Houston, Vivian & Lyle Smalley of Canyon Lake, Danny & Dina Carr of Friendswood, his special grandpa, Willie Urick of Alvin and numerous cousins. Memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, May 13 in the Chapel of Deer Park Funeral Directors with Pastor Jerry Garner officiating. Family will receive friends from 12 noon until service time. Brian was a kind person that loved his family and friends and would help anyone whenever he could. He was loved and will be missed. He has left a hole in our hearts. We find solace knowing he is finally free of pain and riding his tractors in Heaven.