OBITUARY

Sammie B. Carroll

January 6, 1936June 11, 2018
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Sammie B. Carroll, age 82, of Austin, Texas passed away peacefully at his home with his wife Alice at his side on June 11, 2018. He was born in 1936 at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana to parents Marvin and Lura Carroll.

Sammie met Alice Faye Smith in Austin, and they were married June 27, 1958 at the United Pentecostal Church and together they had two children, Walt and Paula. He was a member of the Austin Fire Department for over 25 years after serving in the US Air Force. He will be remembered as a great story teller and a world class musician, from the age of four years old, Sammie started playing guitar and could play any instrument he picked up.

Sammie is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Marvin Carroll Jr, Sidney Lee Carroll, and Neva McGee; and grandson Brandt Townsend. He is survived by his wife, Alice Faye Carroll; children, Dr. Walt Carroll and wife Rhonda Carroll, and Paula Mardik and husband Captain Walt Mardik; grandchildren Stephanie Ybarra and husband Raul Ybarra, Dr. Brandy Buckley and husband Dr. C.J. Buckley, Tiffani Newsome and husband Michael Newsome; 6 great-grandchildren; siblings Effie “Lynn” Mack and Elmer Carroll and wife Janet Carroll; many nieces, nephews, and a host of other family and friends.

The family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 15, 2018 at PromiseLand Church at 1504 E. 51st Street in Austin, Texas, immediately followed by interment at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park.

  • FAMILY

  • Alice Faye Carroll, Wife
  • Marvin Carroll, Father
  • Lura Carroll, Mother
  • Marvin Carroll Jr., Brother
  • Sidney Lee Carroll, Brother
  • Neva McGee, Sister
  • Brandt Townsend, Grandson
  • Dr. Walt Carroll, Son
  • Rhonda Carroll, Daughter-in-law
  • Paula Mardik, Daughter
  • Captain Walt Mardik, Son-in-law
  • He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Stephanie Ybarra and husband Raul Ybarra, Dr. Brandy Buckley and husband, Dr. C.J. Buckley, Tiffani Newsome and husband Michael Newsome; 6 great-grandchildren; siblings, Effie “Lynn” Mack and Elmer Carroll and wife Janet Carroll; many nieces, nephews, and a host of other family and friends.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • C. J. Buckley, Pallbearer
  • Walt Mardik, Pallbearer
  • David Schooley, Pallbearer
  • Raul Ybarra, Pallbearer
  • Travis Jewell, Pallbearer
  • Barry Ewing, Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, June 15, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Louise Sloan

June 21, 2018

The Carroll family has been my friend for many years .Sammie and Alice accepted me as a family member and not just a friend. When I first met them I didn't know what to expect because they had more money than me, their son was a doctor, their daughter was a airline hostess, a beautiful home and I figured I would feel out of place around them. I have to say , they took to me with loving arms and I felt like one of them . I am truly blessed knowing them. Sammie will be missed because they were always a couple but he is rejoicing with the angels , knowing that we all will be together again one day soon. I send my love to Alice and all his loved ones.

Louise Sloan

Drew Palmer

June 15, 2018

I have so many fond memories of growing up with the AFD, just like Walt. Sammy embodied and supported the family atmosphere at work and was as much of a friend as he was a leader. His Captain's compliment would follow him into hell, and did on many occasion. Jack Morrissey described Sammy so well.
My heart aches for Sammy's family.....he will be missed greatly, but certainly never forgotten.
God's Speed Sammy -
Drew Palmer

Jack Morrissey

June 14, 2018

I was lucky enough to have the honor of working as a firefighter not just under Captain Sammie Carroll but in addition under his son Captain (aka Dr.) Walt Carroll who was assigned to the same station a few years after his Father had retired and prior to his heading off to Medical School.

Sammie was the real deal. He was a good Fire Officer. He was a wonderful Father. He was a devoted husband. He was a gracious human being. But mostly he was the kind of guy that you loved having as a friend.

Time and distance is something we are often taught in the fire service with dealing with certain emergencies especially involving calls with hazardous materials. The believe is to keep safe we start from a safe distance and limit the amount of time we may be directly in front of a dangerous material. The sad part is that sometimes we approach life the same way. We don't find the time and we move farther away. I didn't keep up with Sammie after his retirement. He lived south and I lived north. Work and family have a tendency to eat away at our time. If I have but one regret about Sammie's passing is that I never got to share with him my appreciation for all that he taught me about being a firefighter, a person and trying to be the kind of friend that people loved having a friend like that. God bless you Captain Sammie Carroll and thank your for everything you taught me. You will always enjoy a place in my heart and memory.

Jack Morrissey

June 14, 2018

I first had the honor of meeting Sammie while working for the Austin Fire Department. I was assigned to his unit after completing my Fire Academy Training. I can recall him coming up to me early in that first shift and asking me how up to speed I was on the knots I had learned in the Academy. At first I figured I was being tested by him to see if I actually knew the knots. When I nervously informed him that I was pretty good with the knots he suggested that perhaps I could review them with the rest of the crew some time over the rest of the shift while they were still fresh in my mind. I was quite honored that he would delegate such a task to a brand new rookie firefighter but that was the sort of management style Sammie always used around the station. It was never like he was skirting his responsibilities as a Captain. He was simply providing us a work environment that encouraged us to initiate and complete tasks. I always admired him as a Company officer for that and certainly always used it as a tactic myself when later I became an officer too.

But Sammie's style was always one of gentle kindness. He always seemed amused by all the interactions that took place in the station between the crews. When he would join in the fun and the hijinks it was never with a sharp edge as Sammie was always too kind for behavior like that. And he certainly kept us amused with his stories. He'd been a firefighter for over twenty years by that time and took a great deal of his material from rehashing so many stories of the older days of the fire department. He could also spin a tall tale. Being not only new to the fire department but to Texas itself (I was a transplant from New York - {someone get a rope}), I was at times a bit of a gullible listener but the stories were often quite amazing. From that day forward over the next 31 years so many of my stories started with, an old Captain I used to work for once told me.....

Aletha Wagoner Krebs

June 14, 2018

I am so grateful for the privilege of knowing Sammie. I am thankful he visited our church while stationed at Bergstrom, and stayed to marry you, Alice Faye, becoming like a family member, blessing us with the addition of Walter and Paula to your family. His guitar playing was music to my soul and he always encouraged me in that field. He always seemed to have a smile and it was obvious he loved his family, friends, and most of all, the Lord. I pray God comforts you and each family member during this time of loss.

Gary Guthrie

June 13, 2018

Great man, always friendly and assessable, will miss our football talks (Cowboys ).RIP Coach Guthrie

Wanda Fogg

June 13, 2018

Sammie you will truly be missed. You've left a treasure of memories and a very strong family. You were a very loving and kind man. I was 13 when you married my sister and you have always been my brother. I'm sure you will be playing some beautiful music in heaven. Be assured that your family will miss you and love you forever and ever.

Peggy Burghardt

June 13, 2018

A gentleman full of service & grace! Sammie Carroll gave from his heart! He loved God, his beautiful family & his great country!!
With love and prayers. God bless you richly!!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Sammie B. Carroll, age 82, of Austin, Texas passed away peacefully at his home with his wife Alice at his side on June 11, 2018. He was born in 1936 at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana to parents Marvin and Lura Carroll.

Sammie met Alice Faye Smith in Austin, and they were married June 27, 1958 at the United Pentecostal Church and together they had two children, Walt and Paula. He was a member of the Austin Fire Department for over 25 years after serving in the US Air Force. He will be remembered as a great story teller and a world class musician, from the age of four years old, Sammie started playing guitar and could play any instrument he picked up.

Sammie is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Marvin Carroll Jr, Sidney Lee Carroll, and Neva McGee; and grandson Brandt Townsend. He is survived by his wife, Alice Faye Carroll; children, Dr. Walt Carroll and wife Rhonda Carroll, and Paula Mardik and husband Captain Walt Mardik; grandchildren Stephanie Ybarra and husband Raul Ybarra, Dr. Brandy Buckley and husband Dr. C.J. Buckley, Tiffani Newsome and husband Michael Newsome; 6 great-grandchildren; siblings Effie “Lynn” Mack and Elmer Carroll and wife Janet Carroll; many nieces, nephews, and a host of other family and friends.