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Tennessee Chancellor Dead of Apparent Suicide

(CN) - A Tennessee Chancellor apparently shot and killed himself in the parking lot of a country club, according to a Memphis Daily News report.

Shelby County Chancellor Oscar "Bo" Carr was found dead in his car Monday from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot. Police responded to a call around 5:45 p.m. Monday night and Carr was pronounced dead outside the Memphis County Club, according to the Associated Press.

By Wednesday, Carr's page on the Shelby County government website featured a memorial post from court staff.

"The Chancery Court family is deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Chancellor Oscar C. Carr III. In the past six months on the bench, Chancellor Carr displayed the full demeanor of a Chancellor," the statement reads. "His knowledge of and passion for the law, his patience, his empathy, his sense of humor and his complete humility will long be remembered by his fellow Chancellors and Judges, members of the bar, and the Chancery Court family. He leaves behind his wife, Mary Leatherman Carr, his children Camilla and Oscar IV and their spouses, and his grandson, Richard. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers."

Carr was appointed to his post by Gov. Bill Haslam last fall. He had previously worked as an attorney for the law firm Glankler Brown for more than 30 years.

Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee remembered Carr in a statement.

"Our entire judicial family is saddened by the loss," Lee said. "Chancellor Carr was a highly respected member of the legal community and we were proud to have this great man join the judiciary last fall as he embarked on a career in public service."

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