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Thomas W. Carroll M.D. passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Barton County Memorial Hospital, after 93 years of life.
He was born to Thomas Paschal Carroll and Lucy Irene Tharp Carroll on July 18, 1923, in England, Ark.
Tom attended schools in North Little Rock and Little Rock, Ark., graduating from Central High School in May 1940, at age 17. He then attended Ouachita Baptist University, in Arkadelphia, Ark., 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 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, Mo. After 46 years of active medical practice he retired in 1998.
Dr. Carroll was a member of the Lamar Rotary Club with 60 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 67 years, Vee M. Carroll, and daughter, Candi Carroll, of the home; son, Tom Carroll and wife, Marian, of Pittsburg, Kan.; grandson, Adam Carroll and wife, Sheena, and great-grandsons, Easton and Tanner, of Springfield, Mo., and grandson, Tyler Carroll, of Roeland Park, Kan.
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 p.m. Tuesday, June 13th, at Daniel Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 1 to 2 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.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.danielfuneralhome.net.
Published on June 13, 2017
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