Whitten Timberlake Chapel

7404 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA


Richard "Bill" William Carroll

June 27, 1942February 10, 2020

Richard “Bill” William Carroll, 77, of Lynchburg passed away Monday, February 10, 2020, at his residence. He was the husband of 52 years to Carole Williams Carroll. Born June 27, 1942, in Norwich, CT, he was the son of the late Daniel Thomas Carroll and the late Evelyn Doris Bosse Carroll.

Bill was a retired insurance agent, music teacher at Linkhorne Middle School and a member of Meade Memorial United Methodist Church. He taught in the Lynchburg School system and loved his music. Bill served our country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He also was the founding president of the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra and president of the Life Underwriters of Lynchburg.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Thomas Carroll.

In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by two children, Angela Carroll of Fairfax, VA and Sean Carroll and his wife Elizabeth of Newnan, GA; one sister, Mary Beth Christopher of Deltona, FL; two grandchildren, Alexander Carroll and Addison Carroll; two other “grandchildren”, Paige Hardy and Wes Spangler; and other loving family member and friends.

"For everything this disease has taken, something with greater value has been given. sometimes just a marker that points me in a new direction that I might not otherwise have traveled. So sure it maybe one step forward and two steps back, but after a time with Parkinson's, I've learned that what is important is making one step count and always looking up." - Michael J. Fox

"Parkinson's is my toughest fight. No, it doesn't hurt. It's hard to explain. I'm being tested to see if I'll keep praying, to see if I'll keep my faith. All great people are tested by God." - Muhammad Ali

A memorial service will be conducted, 11am, Friday, February 14, 2020 at Meade Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Keon Huh officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10-11 am at the church. Entombment at Arlington National Cemetery will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Meade United Methodist Church, the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra or the Lynchburg Youth Symphony Orchestra.

To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittentimberlake.com.

Whitten Timberlake Chapel is serving the family, (434) 239-0331.


  • Daniel Thomas Carroll, Father (deceased)
  • Evelyn Doris Bosse Carroll, Mother (deceased)
  • Robert Thomas Carroll, Brother (deceased)
  • Carole Williams Carroll, Wife
  • Angela Carroll, Daughter
  • Sean Carroll, Son
  • Beth Carroll, Daughter-in-law
  • Mary Beth Christopher, Sister
  • Alexander Carroll, Grandson
  • Addison Carroll, Granddaughter
  • Wes Spangler, "Grandson"
  • Paige Hardy, "Granddaughter"
  • Bill is also survived by other loving family members and friends.

  • Meade United Methodist Church
  • Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Lynchburg Youth Symphony Orchestra


  • Visitation prior to the Service Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Memorial Service Friday, February 14, 2020


Richard "Bill" William Carroll

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Margaret Scruggs

February 17, 2020

Dear Carole and family,
I am sorry to hear of the passing of one of the most special human beings. You and Bill were wonderful to my children and helped me when I needed help.
He was so special. So unique.
Peg Scruggs

Norma Brandsberg

February 14, 2020

Carol, Tim and I are so sorry to hear of Bill's death. I woke up sick this morning, so was not able to attend his memorial service. Bill is sorely missed, his bright attitude and infectious humor made every day better for us in the LSO.

Jeanne Booth

February 14, 2020

I remember Bill well and fondly from the years when we were both on the faculty at Linkhorne Middle School. My heartfelt sympathy is with you at this difficult time. I wish you solace and peace.

Joel Johnson

February 14, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I read the announcement with stunned sadness for my teacher and musical mentor. I will be forever grateful to Bill for teaching me to play the trumpet. To this day, I often think of him when I’m performing or writing music. I was so blessed the day we reconnected via Facebook! His instruction and candor have shaped both my life through music and personally, as he continued to connect with me during the years after school. May God bring you peace and comfort in your loss.

Joyce Sachs

February 13, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Good memories of volunteering with the LSO and watching Bill. Also our German Oktoberfest fundraiser.

Meredith Ross Campbell

February 13, 2020

Mr. Carroll will be missed by many. He touched and influenced so many young lives as our band director at Linkhorne Middle School. He pushed us to do our best and to have an appreciation for music. I remember him fondly playing his trumpet for us and with us as we learned new music and scales. I’m sure Mr. C is playing beautifully in heaven now! Condolences and prayers of comfort for the family.

Keith Saunders

February 12, 2020

I extend my sincere sympathies and condolences to Bill's family. Mr. Carroll was an inspiration and mentor to me as a young student at Linkhorne Elementary School. I can honestly say that with his teaching, both in class and privately, I became a fairly good trumpet player. Memories of those days and on through high school are still some of my fondest. Mr. Carroll was loved and respected by students and staff alike. His good looks and friendly demeanor were always on display. I cherish the memories of his instruction and his friendship. Which extended beyond my high school graduation. Rest in peace sir. Your kindness and encouragement touched many. And thank you for your service to our country. I never knew about that. You will be missed. Gabriel, you can take a break now. Their's a new horn player in the House of The Lord. May God rest your soul.

David de Vries

February 12, 2020

Bill was one of the great influences in my early life. I wanted to be a trumpet player and Bill was my first teacher. But I was a trumpet player who never practiced and he really was honest about and critical of my lackadaisical attitude. I think he recognized that I had more talent than I was investing in. Whether he shamed me into working harder or he inspired me, I don’t know. A little of both probably. So I started practicing and went from “rock bottom third” chair as he called holding the last chair in the section, to first chair. My friends and I battled it out from then on where we sat but I am so grateful to him for pushing me and for believing in me. I’m still a musician today and I believe he lives on in the music I make and the music he gave to others. Heaven rest you Bill. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Rick Edwards

February 12, 2020

Bill and I were twins. We were
born 30 minutes apart on June 27, 1942 - He in Connecticut and I in Mississippi. I respected Bill
and enjoyed working with him
on the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra Board.

Lynn & Sonna Seipp

February 12, 2020

We want to express our sincere sympathy to Carole and the family in regard to Bill's passing. His contributions to the LSO and various musical groups has been noted, and Lynn particularly enjoyed performing with Bill in various venues over the years. Rest in peace, my friend.