Carl James Carroll, age 88, of Independence, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, December 27, 2014 at his daughters home in Missouri City, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 5 at the First Baptist Church of Independence with Pastor David Henneke officiating. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 4 at Webb Rodrick Chapel.
Carl was born March 9, 1926 in Independence, the son of H.J. Wintersteen and Freda Fellows Carroll. He attended Independence schools. In 1944 at age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during his senior year in high school, receiving his diploma while serving his country. He was a aviation machinist mate who repairedmaintained aircraft during WWII. Upon returning from WW II, he had a body fender shop, worked at Independence Coca Cola Bottling, Universal Atlas Cement Plant, and painted housesequipment in his grandfathers painting business.He was also a coowner of DC Welding and Machine Shop for 29 years. He worked as a welder, machinist, metal designer and fabricator and staff supervisor. He sold his half of the business and retired in 1991.
Carl was active in the Montgomery Rural Water District 2, where he served a director, manageroperator and board chairman. He served 22 years on the Public Wholesale Water Supply District 4 from its formation in 1985, including positions of director and chairman. He also served on the Kansas State Rural board of directors from 1988 to 2006.
Carl was also active in the First Baptist Church of Independence as a Sunday school teacher, ordained deacon and chairman of deacons, and had been attending there since infancy. He had also previously served in The Gideons International, doing Bible distribution and fundraising for a number of years.
On June 25, 1950 he married Lila Marie Carpenter in Independence. Mrs. Carroll survives at their home in Eagle Estates of Independence. Other survivors include: daughter Susan Carroll Barnett of Missouri City, Texas and son: James Jim Carroll of Independence. Four grandchildren: Carrie Barnett of West Helena, Arkansas Kayla Barnett Chrisman of Spring, Texas Brian Barnett of Houston, Texas and Andrew Carroll of Kansas City, Missouri. Three greatgrandchildren also survive: Skyler, Kiera and Maddox BarnettScaife. Carl was preceded in death by his parents his grandfather, R.V. Carroll and grandmother Anna Vera Veronica Carroll. Carl was raised by his grandparents and legally changed his name to honor them.
Arrangements were entrusted to Webb Rodrick Chapel Crematory. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Independence or The Gideons International, either directly or may be left with the Webb and Rodrick chapel. Donations in Carls honor to The Gideons may also be made online at www.gideons.org.