Pam Carr lived a life of service, love and sacrifice for her family and her community. 

The 56-year-old Sevierville woman died early Wednesday after a stabbing attack. Authorities have been on a manhunt for her son, Josh, 30, who the family and police said stabbed Pam and injured his grandmother, Anna Faye Matthews, who tried to stop the attack. 

“Pam had a very forgiving spirit and without a question, she forgives her son,” said Pam’s sister, Trish Muñasque. Muñasque lives across the street from the Carr family and was the first to arrive after a call from Anna Faye. She called 911 for her mother and sister and quickly began CPR on Pam.

“The last thing Pam’s mother, Anna Faye, said to me when she was at the hospital was that if I see Josh before she does, to tell him that they all forgive him,” said the family’s pastor, Scott Carter, who is serving as a spokesman. “The family’s prayer is still that Josh will be found alive and be all right and get some help. It’s what Pam absolutely would have wanted.” 

“She loved us all until the end, including Josh,” Sarah Carr, Pam’s daughter and Josh’s sister. “She truly did shine throughout the community.” 

Carr’s legacy lives on after tragedy

“Pam was just a tremendous woman,” said Carter, a pastor at First Baptist Church of Sevierville. “She loved her family, her children and her church. She always had a smile on her face, was always encouraging, was always proud of her children.”

“She was not a person to want to be seen by everybody, but she made a lot of people’s lives around her and the lives of her family easy by the way she sacrificed.”

“She had such a loving, wholesome, genuine spirit,” Muñasque said of her sister.

“Throughout her lifetime, it didn’t matter the situation or adversity or what was going on around us, her spirit drove her forward through every obstacle.” 

Muñasque said she and Pam served on the Pigeon Forge football little league board for 13 years together. 

“When her children were kids, she never missed any game or extracurricular event, but as much as she cheered them on, she also poured out the same passion to all the kids playing who sometimes didn’t have anyone else there to cheer them on,” she said. “It was just who she was.”

Pam had one grandchild, Christine, Sarah’s daughter, who was her whole world, Sarah said. Just three days before her death, Pam drove to Kentucky to watch Christine compete in a beauty pageant. 

At her job with the City of Sevierville, coworkers remember Carr for her stewardship and dedication to learning. 

City Administrator Russell Treadway said Carr had worked in the finance office for 20 years, and was working toward obtaining a certified municipal finance officer designation. 

“Pam was a person of deep faith and loved her family above all,” said Sevierville Finance Director Lynn McClurg. “We will truly miss her presence, her smile and her commitment to excellence in all she did.”

Reach Brittany Crocker at brittany.crocker@knoxnews.com. Follow her on Twitter @brittcrocker.

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