Terry Lemuel Carrigan

August 10, 1942July 14, 2019

Mr. Terry Lemuel Carrigan, age 76, of Villa Rica, GA, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2019. He was born on August 10, 1942 in Concord, AL. Terry loved his family, but he especially loved his wife and grandchildren. He joined the United States Air Force on August 3, 1962. He served as an Airmen First Class Fire Control Specialist during the Vietnam conflict in Okinawa, Japan. He also worked on radar guidance systems on the F104 Thunderchief Jets. He spent most of his time in the garden or tinkering with things. He was a hard worker and found it hard to sit still; he retired from University of Alabama Birmingham after 30 years of service as Manager of the Office Machine Repair department. Terry also loved to fish and liked to watch TV in his down time. He mostly watched science related shows and WWII documentaries. He was a gold prospector with the Gold Mine Club, where he and other members panned for gold.

Terry is preceded in death by his parents, Willy and Florice Carrigan; his father and mother-in-law, Harry and Esther Barnett; and his grandmother, Dora Hardy.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Betty Carrigan; his children, Michael (Julaina) Carrigan and Stacey (Terry) Slay; his brother, Tim Carrigan; and his grandchildren, Garrison Carrigan, Josh Slay, and Zach Slay.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm. Terry’s memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm in the Rosehaven Chapel with Sam Braswell Officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Parkway Suite 1, Marietta, GA 30067,

Those who wish to express condolences or share a special memory may do so online at Arrangements by: Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, Douglasville, GA 30134, 770-942-4246


  • Visitation Sunday, July 21, 2019
  • Memorial Service Sunday, July 21, 2019


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Heather Alley Hope

July 17, 2019

Stacey, I am so sorry to hear about your father. You, your mother and your family are in my prayers for peace and comfort during this time. Thinking of you all.

Kurt Blumthal

July 17, 2019

Stacey and family. My most sincere condolences on the loss of Terry. I wanted to share a passage that had brought me comfort years ago at the loss of my mother. I pray that you are comforted in your memories of him. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

"For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.
In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.
Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance. " K. Giran from "The Prophet"

Betty Carrigan

July 16, 2019

Bob Rives

July 16, 2019

I’m saddened to hear about Terry’s death. I have many good memories of our times in Hueytown when he lived next door to his Grandmother Dora Hardy. He had a number of cousins there and we all enjoyed our times together. He was lucky to live next to his grandparents. Best of all he only had to go next door and Grandmother Dora would have cookies ready for him. He took after his Grandfather Hardy---he looked just like him! He loved to fish and especially at Gulf Shores in Alabama. He, his brother, and Mom and Dad would come back from the Gulf with channel cats that we would cook outside---eat watermelon---play washers---wonderful times for all. Before my brother died he and Jim had many good times fishing along the Gulf. I will miss our e-mail chats about family and sharing our pictures of our kin. He was a wonderfully good and kind man with a great heart.

Betty Carrigan

July 16, 2019

I can't believe you are not here with me. I love you so much, you were the best thing that ever happened to me. You found me on my parents front porch and we have never been apart since them. I miss you so much, I will see you soon I love you to sweetheart

Amanda Slay

July 15, 2019

Our hearts are broken. We love you so much Betty, Stacey, Terry, Josh & Zach.

Jerry, Amanda, Drew and Alex