(1919 - 2011)
10/19/2011 04:36 pm
Long-time Mexia resident
and columnist in The Mexia News Wayne C. Carroll (also known as “W.C.”),
left this earth to be with his heavenly father on Sunday, October 16,
2011. Wayne passed peacefully in Grand Prairie, Texas, with his loving
and eternally devoted daughter Theresa by his side.
Visitation will be held Wednesday evening, October 19, 6-8 p.m. at Porter
Funeral Home in Mexia. Services will be held on Thursday, October, 20,
at the First Presbyterian Church in Mexia at 10 a.m., where he was previously
ordained as an elder, with Tom Prentiss and Ken Lane officiating
the service. Interment will follow in the Mexia Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be members of the Mexia Bass Club.
Wayne was born August 4, 1919, in Bishop, Texas, to blacksmith Hardy Carroll
and his wife, Ruby. He was the one of eight siblings who have all preceded
him in death: Mary, Maurine, Weldon, Archie, Calvin, Loren, and a
still-born brother named Leonard.
Wayne was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Peggy. Combined,
they had five children. Wayne is survived by his daughter Theresa and
son-in-law, Ed Hartnett, Jr., daughter Sandy Carroll, son Ronnie Carroll,
stepdaughter Susan Steele, and stepson John Steele and wife Pam Witte.
Wayne was blessed with 18 grandchildren: Debbie and Mark McIntire, Carol
and Jay Husik, James and Julie Hartnett, Adam Carroll, Crystal Land,
Jason and Sarah Thomas, Jeremy and Becca Thomas, Joshua and
Angela Thomas, Jimmy Wayne Rodgers, Nikki Carlson, Larissa and Jonathan
Wayne is also survived by 22 great-grandchildren: Mitch, Meagan, Dan and
Carson McIntire; Skylar and Lily Hartnett; Rylie and Zachary Carroll;
Mikah and Jade Land; Reilly, Kate and Colby Thomas; Ashley, Clayton
and Charlotte Thomas; Hannah and Monroe Thomas; Jordon and Julianne Rodgers,
and Kinsy and Paisley Carlson.
Besides family and friends, Wayne had many passions in life. At the forefront
were God, bass fishing, baseball, and the Masons. Wayne was a charter
member of the Mexia Bass Club and served as its President for a number
of years. Wayne felt very honored that a tribute to his many years of
bass fishing will soon be visible in the Wildlife Room at Fort Parker
State Park. It will include many of the mounted bass he had caught over
Wayne retired from working for the City of Mexia in 1985 at the age of
65. He held many positions for the city, including street superintendent,
landfill superintendent, and backhoe operator. Wayne’s kids would
often take the grandchildren to visit their grandpa on the job site and
ride the backhoe. In 1964, Wayne was named “Outstanding
Citizen of Mexia” by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
Those who knew him well knew that to say Wayne was passionate about baseball
was a huge understatement. Wayne was very proud of bringing four Cleveland
Indian tryout camps to Mexia in the 1960s. In 1995, a new city
little league field was dedicated as the “Kitchens/Carroll Field”
in the Mexia City Park. He devoted many hours of his time to young men,
teaching them how to play baseball, fish for black bass, go for their
dreams, and keep the faith. Wayne enjoyed the success the Texas Rangers
Baseball Club has achieved in the last couple of years, and he followed
their 2011 pennant race closely during his last few days.
In September 2006, the Grand Lodge of Texas honored Wayne Carroll with
a certificate denoting his 60 years of service to Masonry.
During World Word II, Wayne worked as a leadman, building destroyer escort
vessels (better known as sub chasers) in Orange, Texas. He received a
citation from President Roosevelt for never missing a day in four
years while helping the Navy build ships.
Wayne was a minor league baseball player, oil field worker, and a welter-weight
boxing champion three years in a row at the CMTC training camp in San
Antonio. Wayne once said that, “Only in America can a Central Texas
boy have such a fully lived life or achieve his dreams.”
Less than two weeks ago, Wayne had been moved from his home in Mexia to
an assisted living facility in Grand Prairie. When he decided that he
needed help and was ready for the move, it all happened very quickly with
the help of many close friends in Mexia, but he expressed in his last
few days that he was very “blessed for all he had and grateful to
be in such a nice place.” He continued to write newspaper columns
for the Mexia Daily News, “Casting Around by Wayne Carroll,”
in which he wrote about fishing, baseball and other happenings. Wayne
continued to write the column until his passing.
Wayne wrote his memoirs in a booklet called “The Centexan”
which is available at the Mexia Public Library. In the book’s conclusion,
he wrote, “Learn to take the hard knocks with the good ones. Life
is what you make of it. Give out, but don’t give up. Live right,
do right, for there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”
In lieu of flowers, contributions are appreciated to the First Presbyterian
Church in Mexia at 500 E. Carthage St, Mexia, TX 76667.