Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Good bye to Carrol

Cars of the Past
1956 Ford Crown Victoria
Now today:
Sherry checks Obits in two newspapers most days. She reads many, looking for family or friends who are kin. This day she did not have to read the obit, she got a call. “We lost another class mate today, Carrol passed today.

I haven’t known Carrol that long, I met him thru Sherry’s class reunions. Sherry and her friends have known each other many, many years. He reminded Sherry many times that when her dad went to work at the Imperial Mill that his family moved into the house her family vacated when her dad left the Climax. He and JoAnn were regulars in the Hardee’s bunch until a few months ago. Carrol took charge many times to arrange get-togethers. Mill hill families were pretty tight, and Carrol tried to keep it that way.
 Carrol on the left standing at 60th anniversary

He published a book on Belmont last year. The proceeds go to the Belmont Historical Society.
Carrol played the guitar and loved to entertain. He told me once, “Jack I just cannot get the timing right as I play, but I still love to play this guitar.”

Besides his organizing ability he was a draftsman, artist, cartoonist and writer.

His wife JoAnn is a sweetheart, a big fan of my writing and a proof reader. She has proofed some of my books and never asked for anything in return. JoAnn, Evelyn and Sherry shared the proofing. We always give a small stipend but nothing like proofing actually costs.

JoAnn will miss Carrol most, of course, but many friends and family will share in the grief.  Fair winds and following seas to a well-known name in the town of Belmont. Carrol Trull, you will be missed.

At times like this, maybe it is good NOT to know all my classmates of the past. I mourn less than Sherry & her class mates. But of course I am learning to know HER friends and classmates and I am involved, but not with the intensity of someone who has known someone 70-75 years.

Nite Shipslog


Lisa said...

So sorry to hear you and Sherry lost lost another friend. Sounded like another good ole guy.

From over here

betty said...

Oh sorry to read this. Always sad to lose a great friend and I'm thinking Carroll fit into that category!


Glenda said...

Sending sympathy at the loss of your longtime friend, your thoughtful tribute says so much about Mr. Carroll. Always love the "fair winds and following seas" quote.

Susan Kane said...

It is always so difficult to see a friend pass. As I prepare to go to my HS 50th class reunion, I wonder about who will be there and who will not.

Chatty Crone said...

I am so sorry. sandie

Mevely317 said...

What a fine looking gentleman. And what a legacy! I'm so sorry for your and Sherry's loss.

BTW Sherry, I do the same thing with obits. Abilene, TX still seems like my 'heart home' so once or twice a year I go to the funeral home's 'roll call.' Funny. I don't remember growing older, but some of those folks faces are forever etched in my mind's eye as young and vibrant.

Woody said...

Sorry to Hear of a Class Mate passing away, I have lost several close friends, it hurts !! They were my first real friends. It never ceases to bring up memories ! Still hot and humid and dry, no rain up here het ! Hope you 2 are enjoying yourselves, sending love and Prayers from the North, Gary an Anna Mae !

Dar said...

Loss of good ol' friends is always bittersweet, it seems. We will miss them but at the same time have sweet memories. Your friend Carroll sounds like just that kind of fella. He's in the Lord's hands closer now than ever.
love n' hugs from up north where there are changes going on constantly and with beautiful weather in the 70's. Can't beat it!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

SORRY to here you've lost another old friend. THE OLDER WE GET the more the seems to happen. Nice you have so many good memories of him. I always say we hold them close to our hearts where they live forever. I too lost an old friend this week. She was my age, 75, but in my memories she remains young like the last time I saw her. If it hadn't been for the obit, I'd have never known.