Thomas W. Carroll passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017, after ninety-three years of life.
He was born to Thomas Paschal Carroll and Lucy Irene Tharp Carroll on July 18, 1923, in England, Arkansas.
Tom attended schools in North Little Rock and Little Rock, Arkansas, graduating from Central High School in May 1940, at age seventeen. He then attended Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and enrolled in the Jr. ROTC program.
In May 1943, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Army and became an infantry officer. He was eventually assigned to General George Patton’s Third Army during the Battle of the Bulge in Europe during World War and was awarded several medals, including the Silver Star, the U.S. military’s third highest honor for valor.
Upon his military discharge, Tom enrolled at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, graduating in June 1948, with degrees in chemistry and zoology. He was accepted into the University of Arkansas School of Medicine and graduated with his medical degree in May 1952.
After several years of medical practice in Arkansas, in January 1955, Dr. Carroll joined the Bickel Clinic (later named The Lamar Clinic) and the medical staff of Barton County Memorial Hospital in Lamar, Missouri. After forty-six years of active medical practice he retired in 1998.
Dr. Carroll was a member of the Lamar Rotary Club with sixty years perfect attendance, a Royal Arch Mason, a Shriner, and a life member of the National Rifle Association. He served as the Coroner of Barton County for 40 years.
Dr. Carroll enjoyed hunting, stamp collecting, and attending Arkansas Razorback football games for many years.
Survivors include his wife of sixty-seven years, Vee M. Carroll and daughter, Candi Carroll of the home; son, Tom Carroll and wife Marian of Pittsburg, Kansas; grandson Adam Carroll and wife Sheena and great-grandsons, Easton and Tanner of Springfield, Missouri; and grandson Tyler Carroll of Roeland Park, Kansas.
Dr. Carroll was a dedicated medical professional. He was raised by a single mother during the Great Depression, excelled in academics, fought in a world war, returned to America determined to be a healer, yet simply always considered himself a worker in the vineyard. He will be greatly missed and always remembered.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 13th at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. Burial with full military honors will be in Lake Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Barton County Senior Center, T.A.T.S. of Lamar, or the charity of the donor’s choice, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.