Arthur Carroll, who departed this life on September 7, 2010, was born August 15, 1923 in St. Louis Missouri. He was the beloved son of Mazie Thompson Carroll and Lawerence E. Carroll. Arthur was the sixth child and the fourth son in a family of nine children –six boys and three girls. Five generations of Carroll’s were born in St. Louis. Arthur, although baptized a Catholic, later converted to a Baptist. He was a member of Shadow Hills Baptists Church, at the time of his death, and visited Mountain Top Faith Ministries, both located in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Arthur attended Summit High School in St. Louis, from which he was drafted into World War II. He served in the 93rd Battalion from February 1943 until January 1946. Arthur served his country 36 months overseas, landing first in Australia, then on to New Zealand, New Guinea, the Philippines and finally Tokyo, Japan. He was stationed in Tokyo after the war and during the occupation.
Arthur Carrol met Nona Ruth Neasley. They fell in love and were married May 15, 1943. To this union, one son was born, Keith Andre Carroll.
Arthur worked for the St. Louis Board of Education as Planet Manager for 20 years. He worked as a counselor to families and children as the Kingdom House Settlement Center. In 1963, The Carroll’s moved to Los Angeles, California where Arthur worked for the Los Angeles City Schools as Plant Manager for 25 years. Because his dedication, Arthur was awarded a certificate for exemplary attendance. He was also awarded a Certification in Engineering from the Los Angeles City School Board. The students in the school system considered him a Pied Piper and called him “the whistler.” When the students asked “Why he whistled all of the time?” Mr. Carroll replied, “because I’m happy.”
The family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in December 1987 where Arthur retired in 1988 and enjoyed a leisurely life until his health began to fail him.
Arthur was a devoted and loving son, husband, father, brother and friend. He had talent as an artist, but chose to share his talent with only family and friends. He was also a comedian of sorts, as he possessed a dry sense of humor.
Arthur Carrol was a unique, generous, and possessed a loyal personality. However, Arthur did not “sugar coat” anything. He had no problems telling his friends or his enemies, what he though or that what they were doing, saying, or joining was just wrong. There was never a dull moment when he was around.
Arthur Carroll is survived by his wife, Dr. Nona Ruth Neasley Carroll, son Keith Andre Carroll of Las Vegas, Nevada; his sister, Adelaide Ashby of Tacoma, Washington; one brother,Bernard Carroll, Sr., two nephews, Bernard Carroll, Jr., Edqin Carroll, all of St. Louis, Missouri; one niece, Nancy Barnes of Atlanta, Georgia; one godson, Tony Jackson of Denver, Colorado; one goddaughter, Arzelia Johnson of Las Vegas, Nevada; and a host of”acquired by love” sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren” too numerous to list.