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Mary Jeanne (Jane) Carroll, 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on January 4, after a brief battle with cancer. Jane was born in Coleman, Texas, on January 22,1930 to Howard and Edna (Lewis) Parker. She grew up and attended school in the small west Texas ranching community of Talpa. From money earned raising and shearing sheep, she attended North Texas State Teachers College and later transferred to Baylor University where she received a BA in English. On November 22, 1950 Jane married her high school sweetheart Curtis Meadows Carroll. They were married in Jacksonville, Texas by C.R. Meadows, Curtis's namesake and the long-time pastor of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville. While residing in Morton, Texas their daughter Debra Janine was born. After moving to Dallas where Curtis became editor of the BMA State Newspaper, the Baptist Progress, daughter Cheryl Jean was born. The family resided in Oak Cliff and later in Farmers Branch where Jane taught piano lessons.
In 1960 the family moved to Jacksonville when Curtis Carroll began his 25 year tenure as president of Jacksonville College. After both daughters began grade school, Jane attended East Texas State University and earned a high school teaching certificate. She began her teaching career in 1966 at New Summerfield High School where she served as English teacher, librarian, and yearbook sponsor. In 1980 she took a position as high school English teacher at Rusk High School and remained there until retirement in 1990. She not only taught honors classes but also coached students in poetry and prose reading in preparation for UIL competition.
Jane was an active member of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville for more than five decades, until becoming homebound the last couple of years. She taught Sunday School, played the piano for various Sunday School classes, and also served as the church librarian. During her tenure as church librarian she moved the library to a fully automated system.
Jane was a faithful follower of Christ who never wanted to be in the spotlight; who desired only to live out her life in service to her Lord and in so doing serving and caring for others. A prolific listener and encourager, she truly practiced "if you don't have something good to say about someone, don't say it." Jane sacrificially and unselfishly loved and cared for her family. Dearly loved and affectionately known as "Grandmother" her greatest joys were found in following and participating in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
She is survived by daughters Debbie Foster (Glen) of Tucson Arizona, and Cheryl Gorham (Randy) of Jacksonville; four grandchildren, Rob Gorham (Erin) of Canfield Ohio, Brian Gorham (Brittany) of Jacksonville, Sara Gorham of Jacksonville, and Katelyn Foster McWilliams (Walker) of Lufkin, Texas; and seven great grandchildren Porter Gorham, Harrison Gorham, Bennett Gorham, Isabella Gore, Abby Gorham, Phoebe Cheryl Gorham, and Hazel Jane McWilliams.
Jane is preceded in death by her husband Curtis Carroll.
A funeral service for Jane Carroll, age 86, of Jacksonville, is scheduled at 11 o'clock in the morning Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville. Glen Foster and Walker McWilliams will officiate. She will be laid to rest at Resthaven Memorial Park in Jacksonville. Visitation will begin on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 and friends are cordially invited to visit with the family Wednesday from 10 a.m. to service time at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
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Published on January 6, 2017
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