Colonel (Ret.) Reginald W. Carrington

July 4, 1931October 29, 2019

Colonel Reginald W. Carrington was born on the 4th of July in 1931 in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Dallas, Texas and in 1952 received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Prairie View A&M College in Prairie View, Texas. His military education includes the Infantry Officers Course in 1952, Staff Officers Intelligence Course in 1953, the Career Officers Course in 1963, the U.S. Command and General Staff Officers Course in 1967, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1973. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1952 through the ROTC; he entered active duty at Ft. Benning, GA. His service includes a tour of duty in Korea. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, U.S. Reserve Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Medal, and the Korean Unit Citation. Colonel Carrington completed twenty-six (26) years of Active and USAR service. Colonel Carrington was called from the 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Washington to establish the NDCC (JROTC) Program at Lincoln High School in 1955. He was later sent to James Madison High School to establish the JROTC Program. In 1971 he was transferred to the South Oak Cliff High School as Senior Army Instructor. He also taught from 1980-1989 for the United States Command & General Staff College for the Army Reserve Center, He retired from DISD in 1991. Colonel Carrington confessed and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. He has been a faithful member of the “The Exciting” Singing Hills Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Howard E. Anderson, Sr., where he has served as Chairman of the Deacon Board and Sunday School Teacher to name a few. He also taught a bible study at the Federal Correctional Institution in Seagoville, Texas for 30 + years and retired from his teaching in 2016. Colonel Carrington was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife, Bettye Ruth Jordan Carrington; his parents, Leroy and Allene (Kimbrough) Carrington; brothers, Gerald Carrington and Doyle Carrington; his sister Eunicile Carrington Jackson. Colonel Carrington answered the clarion call from his Lord and Savior on Tuesday October 29, 2019. He leaves to cherish his memories and legacy: his son, Wendell Dwight Carrington and wife Deborah; a devoted granddaughter, Kimeshia Carrington Dixon and husband Kerone; and two beautiful great granddaughters, Kendall Doyle Carrington and Karmyn LeAnne Erving; a sister in law, Lois Gray and brother in law, Harold Jordan; a very dear cousin, Marcie Booker; and host of nieces and nephews and cousins and other relatives and friends. Colonel Carrington was a father figure to everyone he knew and the family would like to acknowledge and extend our deepest appreciation to his God daughter, Shirley Moore and husband Billy Moore and his Godson, Tommy Jackson and wife Joyce Jackson.


  • Visitation Monday, November 4, 2019
  • Wake Service Monday, November 4, 2019
  • Homegoing Celebratory Service Tuesday, November 5, 2019
  • Burial with Military Honors Tuesday, November 5, 2019


Colonel (Ret.) Reginald W. Carrington

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Rev. Dr. Charles Reese

November 13, 2019

I am saddened, but rejoicing, in light of Deacon Carrington. I knew him at James Madison as Lieutenant Carrington, later to wear the title of Captain Carrington. He contributed to the molding of me as a man. His sternness and fortitude will always be remembered. But perhaps what is more ironic, not only did he helped shaped me as a man while in the ROTC, but he impacted my son Vincent, now deceased, at the South Oak Cliff High School. Vincent served in the Army for several years, and I have to believe that he impacted him greatly. God bless his family and the thousands he helped along life's way.


November 5, 2019

He was commandant of cadets at South Oak Cliff HS, I was his student as well as B then Later A drill team member I remember his favorite saying Jackson push those legs when I got out of step I loved General Carrington rest well General You will never be forgotten By the Jackson Boys which you inspired 3 of us and made us Better men Thank You Sir.

Dn Robinson

November 4, 2019

Deacon Carrington was a man of faith, honor, commitment and loyalty. He taught, served and lived with great conviction. I can vividly remember him standing in the choir loft at Singing Hills blowing his bugle and bringing so many to their feet because of the spirit in which he played. If there was ever a man to emulate it was Reginald Carrington. My life has been deeply enriched and blessed because of his wisdom and knowledge. This world lost a great man and heaven has gained a humble saint. Peace and blessings to his family.

Jo Grayson

November 4, 2019

May God give the Carrington family strength during this difficult time. Deacon Carrington will be missed at The "Exciting" Singing Hills Baptist Church. His years of hard work and dedication will always be remembered.

Lorraine White

November 4, 2019

I had the Great pleasure to sit in our Wednesday Night Break thru Bible Class at The "Exciting "Singing Hills Baptist Church with Dea. Carrington. I t was never a dull moment. I enjoyed his class so very much. He and his Wife Betty were two of the most Wonderful People that I have ever met. They always had something funny to say to keep you laughing. Please know Dea. Carrington will surely be missed at The Exciting" Singing Hills Baptist Church. I got to sit with him on a few Occasions with him in our Sunday School Teacher's meetings. Our Church has lost a Dear Sweet and Wonderful spirit - but we know, he is in a better place......Humbly Submitted- Lorraine White - SHBC !!!!!

Shunda Dixon

November 4, 2019

My God grant you peace in this time of mourning. I'm sure my father (Lee Dixon) was there to greet him.

Gregory Levine Sr.

November 4, 2019

Colonel Carrington has truly been a inspirational person in mylife for over 49 years. I only got to 3 years JROTC , but things he thought me is still in me today. From Salem Baptist church to Exciting Singing Hills Baptist Church! Family please be bless in your time of bereavement .

Anthony Benson

November 4, 2019

Col. Carrington was the epitome of a soldier, dedicated to instilling military teaching & instruction to his cadets. I learned so much about military drill, chain of command & esprit de corp! Col. Carrington was a perfectionist nothing less than a gold star would satify him. He taught us to be the best and thats what he expected The Best! I will never forget you sir you have made a difference in my life & I Thank You!

Evelyn Brown-Walker

November 4, 2019

Under the direction of Colonel Carrington our JROTC as a hold won every competition that we were in. We showed up and showed out. Colonel made sure that his whole battalion was perfected. Heaven has gained an angel. Colonel you will be truly missed.

Billy Vance

November 4, 2019

I knew him as Captain Carrington, the JROTC instructor at James Madison High School. I was under his tutelage for three years. Those three years provided the basis for the rest of my life.

He provided a daily example of manhood, commitment, fidelity, and strength. I attended Prairie View A&M, as he did. I was commissioned into the US Army, as he was.

While at PV, I befriended a young athlete, a pole vaulter named Gerald. Only later did I learn he was the younger brother of “Capt” Carrington.

I thank God for Reginald Carrington, for his integrity, his steadfastness, his ability uplift, and his ability to laugh.

Billy F. Vance
LTC, US Army (Retired)