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 Otis Iverson “Ike” Carroll

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Otis Iverson “Ike” Carroll

  • Birth 13 Feb 1918
  • Death 9 Jul 2010
  • Burial Waco, McLennan County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 54781463

Otis Iverson "Ike" Carroll, 92, of Waco, passed away Friday, July 9, 2010. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, at OakCrest Funeral Home with the Rev. Curtis Holland officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 12, at OakCrest Funeral Home, in Waco.

Otis Iverson "Ike" Carroll was born in Roanoke, Ala., one of six children born to the late William Lee and Maude Castle Carroll. When World War II came along, Ike tried to enlist and serve his country, but was rejected because of extremely poor eyesight caused by his premature birth. He weighed a little over one pound at birth. Determined to do his part, he memorized the eye chart and was accepted.

At the end of the war, Ike moved his family to Texas, settling in Waco in 1951. With his partner, Johnny Rogers, he opened Carroll and Rogers Office Machines Company. Ike is most recognized for his music, particularly his banjo playing. He has been a musician all his life and many, many people in Waco and the surrounding areas have had the pleasure of hearing him play. He has played in Dixieland bands, as part of the Karem Shrine Temple band, and given hundreds of volunteer performances throughout his years in Waco. When you ask about him, most people mention his banjo playing and his wonderful smile. Along with his late wife, Ike was a charter member of Cogdell Memorial Methodist Church. He was a lifetime member of Waco Masonic Lodge No. 92 and in 1972, he served as potentate of the Temple. He was also a member of the Founder Lions Club and served as president in 1963, and as district governor of Lions International in 1966. One of his final directions was to make sure his glasses went to the Lions Club so someone in need could reuse them.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Rubye Hudson Carroll; and his siblings, Lee Gordon Carroll, Calvin Carroll, Harry Wilbur Carroll, Lorraine Carroll Barns, and Kenneth Lee Carroll.

He is survived by twins, Nancy Carroll Gravley and Patsy Carroll Girsh and husband, Louis; son, Wayne Lee Carroll and wife, Deborah; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Waco Trib: 7/11/2010...A6


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  • Created by: Ruth M. Brown
  • Added: 11 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 54781463
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Otis Iverson “Ike” Carroll (13 Feb 1918–9 Jul 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54781463, citing Waco Memorial Park, Waco, McLennan County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Ruth M. Brown (contributor 46796546) .