April 3, 1927 – July 27, 2020
In Loving Memory of Colonel Howard Carroll
A Humble, Persevering, Generous, Loving, Kind, Grateful, Respectful, Funny, and Caring Native Texan. Preceded by his parents, Lessie and George Carroll, brother, James Carroll, sister Neda Johnson and Beloved Wife of 64 years, Elberta Reynolds Carroll.
Survived by 3 daughters, Lea Carroll, Kathy Scott, Dena Debreaux, son-in-law Gary Scott,5 grandchildren,8 great grandchildren ,and 4 great great grandchildren. Honorably served his country during WWII, Korean War, the National Guard and in the Army achieving the high rank of Colonel.
Loved golf, gardening, home cooked meals, watching any sport with a ball, reading western books and the bible. He liked shelling fresh peas and picking hot peppers from his garden. He frequently attended the Methodist church in Abilene and Watauga, TX.
Academically he accomplished a Bachelor degree from Hardin Simmons University in 1950, and then a Master’s degree in Business Administration at SMU.
He retired as a tax accountant from Mobil Oil Corp. Enjoyed spending time playing lots of golf, some travel, and being with family and friends. A great storyteller with amazing memory for details, he shared his many experiences with us. May he rest in Peace. Thank you for all your Blessings, you will continue to live in our hearts.
A military graveside service for the family will be held at the DFW National Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 14, 2020. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local food bank. Arrangements by Shannon Rufe Funeral Chapel.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
August 3, 2020
The best memories of my grandpa were the trips he would occasionally take me and my brother chad on, to his uncle bobs house. He would take us fishing 🎣. He tried to get us to quail hunt with him, but after seeing one shot me and my brother felt so bad and decided that was not the sport for us. Nevertheless he always kept the trips interesting and made sure we had a great time. Thank you for those memories papaw.
August 3, 2020
From the few times I met Howard, being friends with his daughter Lea, I knew him to be a kind, humorous, genuinely friendly and respectful gentleman, who was devoted to his family. I know he will be greatly missed, but he will have a special place among the angels. Rest In Peace, Howard.
August 2, 2020
I met Mr. Carroll in the winter of his life. Howard told me stories of growing up with his brother at their grandmothers rural place in Texas; sometimes being left alone for days while their grandmother was off helping others. We spoke of him swimming in the Colorado River. The strength of his grandmother. He told me of dance halls as a younger man and how he met the love of his life. It sounded like such a beautiful simpler time when he spoke of them. I was hired to prepare some meals for him and help him bathe (which he had not needed help with up to that point). Both Lea & I were very aware how difficult that first shower might be for a man of such modesty. It took me a couple of visits before he finally agreed to allow me to help him. I prepared the bathroom and left things laid out in the bedroom a towel for modesty and fresh clothes. I turned around and Howard was walking butt naked down the hallway. I asked him "Don't you want a towel" he answered "Why there are plenty in the bathroom"! He excepted this new way of life with kindness & gratitude. He was quite simply just a beautiful, lovely gentleman. For each & everyone of us that knew him we are forever blessed. Judith W.
August 1, 2020
Howard, you sat on the same row Jim and I sat on at Watauga Methodist Church - we were destined to be friends! I enjoyed your stories and pleasant manner. You were kind and thoughtful. I miss you, my friend.
July 31, 2020
Howard and Elberta were a beloved members of Pros[ectors ' Sunday school class. They always livened up the class. Howard shared many stories of their life together. When they were unable to attend church, class members would vist their home to cheer them up and always came away in better spirits because of it.
Members of Elmwood West United Methodist church wish to express deepest sympathy for your loss and will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers