George W. Carroll
George William Carroll, 80, of Kinney County died March 3, 2019, at Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montell, Texas.
He was born on Feb. 16, 1939, in Nashville, Tennessee, to Anna Lou (Donald) and Paul L. Carroll Sr..
Carroll spent most of his life in Texas and considered himself a Texan through and through. He was a resident of Kinney County and an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montell.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Evelyn “Evie” Beular Carroll.
Carroll is survived by his brother, Paul L. Carroll and wife, Carolyn, of Bryan; two daughters, Rita Brahy and husband, Ray, of New Braunfels and Andrea Moody of Sugar Land; two nephews, Ty Carroll and wife, Marianne, of Fairplay, Colorado, and John Carroll and wife, Dinah, of Carlsbad, California; and a large extended family and group of friends that loved him dearly. Many of Carroll’s friends considered him to be family.
Carroll graduated from Lamar High School in Houston in 1957 where he lettered in basketball and football. He attended Texas A&M University his freshman year on a football scholarship from Paul “Bear” Bryant. He completed his college studies at then-Southwest Texas State University, where he played football for the Bobcats, and graduated with a degree in business in 1961.
After college, Carroll was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. While attending flight school in Pensacola, Florida, Carroll played football for the U.S. Navy Goshawks.
As a naval aviator in the Marine Corps, he flew helicopters while deployed on float in the Mediterranean, among other assignments. Carroll attained the rank of captain.
After the Marine Corps, Carroll joined Air America and flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam war from 1965 to 1967 where he was involved in search and rescue operations for downed pilots as well as air support for American objectives in Laos.
After Air America, Carroll continued to pursue his love for flying helicopters. He flew in Alaska as part of the construction of the pipeline. He also flew to offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico among many other adventures.
Carroll was a member of the Air America Association and The American Legion. He was a hero to many, an inspiring individual, full of knowledge, fun-loving, an adventurer, an outdoorsman and a true gentleman.
The family said he was a devoted husband who loved his family and friends, and that his captivating storytelling was enjoyed by all.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be sent to the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, P.O. Box 808, Uvalde, TX 78802 or The Frank M. Tejeda State Veterans Home, 200 Veterans Way, Floresville, TX 78114.