Johnnie Thomas “Tommy” Carroll of Morning Pointe died Tuesday.
Mr. Carroll was born March 22, 1931 in Johnson City, TN. He was a loving son, husband, father, and grandfather.
Tommy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville, where he was active in the Men’s Bible Class as well as Men’s Breakfast as long as his health permitted.
Tommy attended Greeneville High School until his junior year when his family moved to Miami, Florida, where he met his future wife, Idabelle Latham. The family returned to Greeneville and Tommy graduated from Greeneville High School. In 1951, Tommy joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed near Washington DC; he later served in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Tommy spent most of his career in the food service business. He began his career as a carhop at the Blue Bird Soda Grill, moved to cook position, and was an assistant manager when the Blue Bird was sold. Tommy then became manager at Link Hills Country Club. He was retired Laughlin Memorial Hospital as food service director in 1995.
Tommy’s hobbies included fishing, camping, and golfing. His caring for people and animals brought much happiness to his life. He will be remembered by his smile and infectious laugh.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law: Johnene Galloway, Jama and Mike Garner all of Greeneville; a granddaughter: Gina Gibbs and husband, Nathan; a grandson: Ezra Gibbs; and Kathy Boyd whom he thought of as a daughter. Mr. Carroll was preceded in death by his parents: Johnnie Thomas Carroll and Olgie Renner Carroll; his wife: Idabelle Carroll; and a son-in-law: Louis Joe Galloway.
The body will lie in state at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home on Friday from noon to 7 p.m. for those who wish to pay their respects. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oak Grove Cemetery. The Reverend Todd Jenkins will officiate and the Greene County Honor Guard will convey military honors. Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery for the service.
Active pallbearers will be Ben Brooks, John Cartwright, Jama Garner, Mike Garner, Nathan Gibbs, and Mark Russell.
Honorary pallbearers will Leon Bell, Pete Bowers, Bill Flick, Buddy Godwin, Monty Hale, Bill Moss, Clyde Williams, Ron Woods, Dr. Joseph Austin, Dr. William Smead, the staff of Summit Medical Group, the staff at Greeneville Eye Clinic, Johnson City Nephrology, the staff of Morning Pointe of Greeneville and the Mountain Home VA.
Memorial gifts should be made to First Presbyterian Church or to the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society.
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