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Lonny Wayne Carroll

August 25, 1955June 4, 2020
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Memorial Celebration of Lonny’s rich and blessed life will be in Lubbock, Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10:00 am at The Sage Chapel, Eberly Brooks Events located 8602 CR 7000, Lubbock, Texas 79407. Gathering and catered lunch for all family and friends following in Salle’de David at Eberly Brooks Events. Please come and celebrate with us. Covid-19 precautions will be utilized as well as social distancing and wearing masks.

He passed away on June 4, 2020 at the age of 64 at our new home in Tyler, surrounded by family, due to the terrible disease of Alzheimer’s. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Hospice or Alzheimer’s organizations of your choice in memory of Lonny.

He was born August 25, 1955 in Lubbock, Texas. He graduated from New Deal High School in 1973 and attended Texas Tech. He married Candy Rowell in 1974. He was a Master Plumber until his retirement in 2017. He loved music and was involved in many music groups. He was a Music Director and Interim. He was an Evangelist and Pastor Interim. He was a member of Bacon Heights Baptist Church and later, Lone Star Cowboy Church.

A granddaughter, Tenley Rose Jones, preceded him in death including his mother and father, grandfathers and grandmothers, his uncles, aunts and cousins. They all greeted him in Heaven. He is healed, his chains are gone and he is himself again.

Survivors include his wife, Candy, his two daughters, Cassy Schronk and Caity Jones, along with their husbands, Kenneth and Jon, and five grandchildren, Kolten, Caylee, Conner, Beau, and Saylor, who all can’t wait to be with him again.

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

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Joyce Holland

July 27, 2020

I was so very heartbroken to hear about Lonny....its so hard to imagine that sweet man so full of life, spirit,adorable personality,and always smiling not here. Praise God we take comfort that he is healed!Candy I just wanted you to know, time has passed since we have seen each other but I will hold you and the girls up in prayer. Miss your precious smile.

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Biography

When Lonny Wayne Carroll walked into the room, those in his company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Lonny was and how he impacted those around him. Lonny was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Lonny wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Lonny was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Lonny was born at 1:30am, Thursday, August 25, 1955 at West Texas Hospital in Lubbock, Texas. He was the third son of Ward Willard Carroll and Wanda Jean Medlock Carroll. Lonny grew up on a farm North of Lubbock and attended New Deal Schools. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Lonny might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that Lonny was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him.

      Lonny was raised with 3 brothers. He had two older, John and Ronny, and one younger brother, Kip. Lonny was very accepting and supportive of his family. He was perceived as the central person in his family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Lonny was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Lonny well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew him. Their family was always involved in church and each were baptized at a young age and eventially all answered the call into ministry. Lonny was 13 when he felt the calling.

      As a young boy, Lonny was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew him into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Lonny was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with his peers. He was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Lonny took part in Tennis and Basketball. In his spare time he road horses and took care of his pigs. Lonny's memorable achievements included playing music with his brothers. They all played several musical instruments. He had the ability to play any type of music or instrument by ear. Lonny was amused and busy with most any activity he and the many childhood friends he shared might discover. Linden Lundberg was one of his best friends as a child. Their families attended church and work together.

      During his high school years, Lonny responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. He graduated from New Deal High School in 1973. Lonny was a very good student, and generally did well in school. For Lonny, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to his ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Lonny a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to him to discuss just about anything.

      Lonny did well in college at Texas Tech. His favorite courses were his music classes. Lonny was very adaptable, a quality that helped him make the transition from high school to college with little difficulty. As a result, Lonny's problem solving skills and thirst for new knowledge almost guaranteed that he enjoyed virtually every class he took. Lonny was always in quest of new things to learn and experience. He loved to read. Especially his Bible. He later also attended Wayland Baptist University.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought him an endless stream of friends, Lonny was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Lonny was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. He always seemed aware of what was going on with people around him and throughout his life he made many, many friends. While growing up ,his best friend was Vance Jacks, who he wrote several songs with and played music together.

      He and Candy met at church in 1970. They couldn't wait to see each other every Sunday and Wednesday. They talked on the phone only one day a week. They only double dated until Lonny got his drivers permit. Their favorite Saturday nigh date was to eat at Pizza Hut and listen to the jute box. After four years of dating, on December 28, 1974, Lonny married Candy Rowell at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church (Now Redbud Baptist Church) of Lubbock, Texas. Lonny's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in his ability to make his new family happy. He was quite sensitive towards Candy's needs, showing his constant concern and fondness. Lonny was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served him well in helping to nurture his family.

     Their first daughter, Cassy Jean, was born in 1980 and their second daughter, Caity Lea, was born in 1987.  Lonny was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide his family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Lonny, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of his life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Carroll home. Lonny's skill at understanding his children's feelings, his sensitivity to their needs, and his gift for gentle persuasion enabled him to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Lonny was blessed with two daughters, Cassy and Caity. His two sons (sons-in-law) but he loved them very much. He was also blessed with his six grandchildren, Kolten, Caylee (Tenley in Heaven), Conner, Beau and Saylor. He was so proud of each of these little guys.

      Lonny was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made him an exceptional worker. He worked at the Texas Tech Health Science Center until he started his long career as a plumber when he started working for his uncle at Medlock Ready Built Homes and Medlock Southwest Property Management Company. His primary occupation was a Master Plumber.He was employed for 20 years with Medlock Southwest Propery Management Company and then for 10 years as he started his own company, Lonny Carroll Plumbing Heating and Air. Lonny was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize him. Lonny had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight. Lonny's fellow workers saw him as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Lonny loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits was his music. He wrote and played music at church, work and home. Lonny had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of his favorite pastimes. However, Lonny's ever-present concern for others always took precedent. He was a member of several musical groups through the years with his friends who we all called family. Phil and Misty Brown; Greg and Barbara Hodges; Cliff Davis, Jimmy Blakely and Curtis Campbell are a few of those good friends.

      Lonny derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. His charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. In high school, Lonny played basketball and tennis. Recreational sports included baseball and basketball. Lonny was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity.

      Lonny was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was called into the Ministry. He was a member of University Baptist Church, Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Bellaire Baptist Chruch, Bacon Heights Baptist Church and Lone Star Cowboy Church. During that time, he was a Sunday School Teacher, the Music Director of Bellaire for 7 years. He led children and adult choirs, revivals and performed concerts in the West Texas area. He was called into Evangelism and was interim pastor or led revivals. He was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and he used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for his beliefs.

      Though he never did anything solely for individual recognition, Lonny's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and selflessness, earned him accolades for his many lifelong efforts. Some of his most prestigious awards included being the youngest Master Plumber in the state of Texas for several years. Leading his daughters to Christ was a big part of his fatherhood. He was so proud of his daughters and was there in the baptismal waters with them as they were being baptized.

      Lonny's love of improvising in his daily life was a perfect fit for his enjoyment of traveling. His favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit his personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Lonny took his vacations seriously, well, as seriously as he possibly could. Favorite family vacations included Ruidoso trips every year.

      Lonny was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Buddy was his favorite along with Holly, was a best friend for 16 years. His family was rounded out by his siamese cat, Bob, his daughters dog, Scooter Roy.

      Lonny retired early in 2018 due to his illness, Lonny handled it the way he usually did. He adapted and, like everything in his life, made it satisfying. Because he was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Lonny to master. His new life involved relocating to Tyler, Texas, to be closer to family.

      Lonny Carroll passed away at 2:30am on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at home in Tyler, Texas, surrounded by his family. Lonny fought a brace battle with two types of Alzhehimers, Primary Progressive Aphasia and Frontotemperal Dementia. He was gentle and sweet even at the worst of this terrible disease. He is truly with Jesus in heaven and he is spending quality time with his mom who had left this earth so early. He is survived by his wife of 45 years of marriage, two daughters and their husbands, and five grandchildren. Services were held at Eberly Brooks Events. Lonny was cremated due to the circumstances of moving and the corona virus. It has been decided when Candy passes away, she will be cremated also and they will be buried together.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Lonny. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Lonny Carroll for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Lonny was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones. He loved Jesus and wanted to share His love. We were blessed to have had Lonny be the best husband, father and Paw Paw we could ask for. He was a legacy of love to our family and his strong faith and commitment will continue to live on in our family for generations to follow. We love and miss him very much..

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