OBITUARY

(USAF SGT RET) LeRoy E. Carroll

June 11, 1932February 19, 2021

(USAF SSGT RET) LeRoy E Carroll, age 88, of Columbus, Georgia passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021. A graveside memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery, will be scheduled at a later date.

LeRoy was born June 11, 1932 in Cecilton, Maryland to Ella Harris Carroll and Leon Charles Carroll. After enlisting in the Air Force he was later relocated to the DC area where he met and married Ms. Valerie Brown at Johanning Baptist Church in Washington DC. LeRoy served his country proudly in the USAF for over 20 years. While in the Air Force he was a member of the USAF Drum and Bugle Corp, the Bagpipe Band and after retirement, taught school at Cottage City MD Vocational and attended the University of MD. He worked for Design and Production, Inc. as a Journeyman cabinet maker and worked on many projects all over the US. where he also retired after 20 years. He marched with the Maryland Fife and Drum Corp and Washington Redskins Band. LeRoy was very skilled and loved working and creating with his hands. He was also skilled with life lesson that he passed on using his own special wit and humor. He loved his very large family and his Legacy will be passed on through them.

LeRoy’s son Brian Keith Carroll; father Leon Charles Carroll and mother Ella Harris Carroll preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 1/2 years, Valerie Margaret Ann Carroll; sister Dorothy Carter; sons Dennis M, Donald M, and LeRoy Carroll, Jr, sons Russell L and Terry L Carter, daughters Karen D Carroll, Donna D Carroll-Cardwell and daughters Binnie R Harris and Martine Waldon. Mr. Carroll also had numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews; other family members and many friends to cherish his memory.

The family would like to express their sincerest thanks to Loving Touch Home for Veterans, Columbus Hospice and Striffler-Hamby for their loving care and assistance prior to and throughout his transitioning.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.shcolumbus.com for the Carroll family.

  • FAMILY

  • Valerie Margaret Ann Carroll, Loving Wife of 51 1/2 years
  • Leon Charles Carroll, Father (deceased)
  • Ella Harris Carroll, Mother (deceased)
  • Brian Kieth Carroll, Son (deceased)
  • Dorothy Carter, Sister
  • Dennis M, Donald M, and LeRoy Carroll, Jr, Sons
  • Russell L and Terry L Carter, Sons
  • Karen D,and Donna Carroll-Cardwell, Daughters
  • Beinnie R Harris and Martine Waldon, Daughters
  • Mr. Carroll also had numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews; other family members and many friends to cherish his memory.

Services

  • A Graveside Memorial Service at Arlington National Cemetery, Will be Scheduled at a later time

Memories

(USAF SGT RET) LeRoy E. Carroll

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Gerda Julien

February 27, 2021

Uncle Leroy, you and Aunt Valerie were always kind and welcoming even when I went through hard times with the family. I will never forget the wonderful parties in your backyard around the pool or adventures in your RV. And that laugh!!! We will love and miss you forever.

Lisa Wade

February 25, 2021

I remember the days on Green St. when granddad would be in the yard crafting something cool and letting me assist him. I used to get cement all over me lol. Oh let's not forget the backyard cookouts! I'm with you Nana in spirit and my love to you always. Let's celebrate his life and know that God has given granddad a glorious reunion!

Ranae Henry

February 25, 2021

Uncle Leroy you are our last Carroll Uncle, our last great memory when we had our Family gathering in Your hometown of Cecilton MD,we celebrated your Birthday that's just one memory we have had many gone but not forgotten Rip Uncle love Your nieces,& nephews in Cecilton💔.

Kenneth Jones

February 24, 2021

Staff Sergeant (SSGT) Leroy Carroll
My tour of duty in the USAF Drum and Bugle Corps and Drum Corp, Washington, DC was all due to Leroy, my friend and mentor. From the time I saw the corps at the Circleville Pumpkin Show back in 1958 where I first meet and saw Leroy performing in the Drum and Bugle Corps until I took the audition in 1961 Leroy guided/saw me through every step of the way. I finally enter the Drum and Bugle Corps (Drum Corps) in 1962. Thanks Leroy for giving me this great opportunity not only to perform with you and the corps, but to know you. You also helped to bring my two daughters into the world, you were the best. I know that you are offering heaven a great beat. Our heartfelt sympathies to the family, we will miss you my friend my other brother.
Diane and Ken K”O”. Jones

Carol Campbell

February 24, 2021

Condolences to Valerie and the family. LeRoy will be missed.

I first met LeRoy in 2013 at the 50th Anniversary of JFK's burial at Arlington National Cemetery. LeRoy was the Air Force Pipe Band bass drum player in 1963 and 2013.
LeRoy's military career (1950-1970) was during a period of American racial transition - not an easy time for an African American. He persevered and became a positive role model for his family, fellow airmen and friends.
It was an honor to be LeRoy and Valerie's guests at the 2015 Norfolk Tatoo.
Once a drummer, always a drummer. From his seat in the stadium, he tapped out his drum part throughout the ceremony--never missing a beat.
My wish is that LeRoy is looking down on his family and friends from that place on high....and will greet us with that infectous smile and laugh when it's our time to enter the pearly gates.

Carol Campbell
Alexandria, VA

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