Thomas W. Carroll, M.D. passed away Saturday,
June 10, 2017, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, 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
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 II 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
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 world
war II, 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.
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