Gerald Wayne Carroll, 72, of Cape Girardeau, MO, passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. He was retired for 26 years and had lived at Yellville, AR, for 12 years with his loving wife, Mary, who passed in 2014. They were married for 49 years. Gerald was a former employee of Monroe Tenneco Automotive and later, E & L Salvage and Sales for many years. He served in the Army and was a Vietnam Veteran as a demolition specialist for 2 years. He worked hard all of his life to support his family.
Gerald loved to fish and hunt for deer with his dog, Beagle, in his younger years. Later, he had another dog named Buster, which he loved a lot too. He had a love for cars, trucks, and fixed and resold motorcycles as a hobby for many years.
He loved to talk and tell stories of the past. Most thought he might be shy, but he was a talker. He was a very funny man who would make you laugh and was brutally honest with his comments. Towards his older age, he was a gentle person who loved the Lord and was a Christian.
Gerald was born to Bynum and Nellie Carroll on January 15, 1947, in Rector, AR. He lived around Marmaduke and Paragould for most of his life. He loved his family so much and he will be missed greatly.
Gerald was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Emma (Sharp) Carroll; parents, Bynum and Nellie Carroll; brothers, Jess Carroll, Eugene Carroll, Harold Carroll, Joe Carroll; and sister, Pauline Phillips.
Survivors include his daughter and son in law, Marianne and Don Breeds; grandson, Joshua Wayne Breeds; brother, Rocky Carroll; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 19, from 1:00 p.m. until service time at Phillips Funeral Home. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Center Hill Chapel of Phillips Funeral home with Ron Pickney officiating. Gerald will be buried in the Veterans Garden at Greene County Memorial Gardens beside his wife, Mary E. Carroll. They will be together again peacefully with the Lord.
One thing that Gerald would like people to remember is that the men and women who went to Vietnam were there to fight for their country. At first, they didn’t get the respect they deserved. He hopes people respect the fact that today; they have earned that respect and gratitude. Love and respect the people that serve to fight for our country’s freedom. He would want everyone to not take anyone for granted, to love who you love every day, and show them.
May Gerald rest in peace with the Lord. He will be missed greatly by so many people.
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