Carroll Gentry Elmore

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Roller-Daniel Funeral Home
411 E Race Avenue
Searcy, AR  72143
Friday, December 27, 2019
6:00-8:00 PM
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Funeral Service
Roller-Daniel Funeral Home Chapel
411 E. Race Ave.
Searcy, AR  72143
Saturday, December 28, 2019
2:00 PM
Concord Cemetery
150 Concord Church Road
Lonoke, AR  
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Sunshine School of Searcy
P O Box 831
Searcy,   72145

Carroll Gentry Elmore

of Searcy, AR

February 19, 1943 - December 22, 2019

One time when Papa took us fishing, I caught a catfish. Papa was clearly impressed, and I basked in the pride he showed. Until yesterday, I kept it a secret that I had just seen the catfish skim the top of the surface and just happened to drop my hook near its freshly popped bubbles. But it wouldn't have mattered-Papa would have been proud just the same. My papa, Carroll Elmore, was always proud: proud of every tacky neck tie or questionable art project-turned-mug we gave him, proud of his kids and grandkids as we grew and graduated, proud of the people we are all becoming. Most importantly of all, however, Papa was proud of his faith. For decades, he served his Lord and Savior as a Deacon at Temple Baptist Church in Searcy, AR. Because children of all ages flocked to him, he taught various levels of Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, truly embodying the call to "go ye therefore and make disciples." Carroll leaves a legacy as a kind, hard-working man. His playful attitude and goofy demeanor make him unforgettable, and memories of his loving, caring spirit will keep our hearts warm in this tough season.

Born in Lonoke, AR, on Feb. 19, 1943, Carroll Elmore left this world to walk with Jesus on Dec. 22, 2019, after a battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He died peacefully in his home in Searcy, AR. Carroll was preceded in death by parents Gentry and Pauline Elmore, brother Amon Roe, and brother-in-law Bob Doty. He is survived by wife Ena Elmore, sister Alice Doty, children Bill Elmore and Christine Harrell, son-in-law Tim Harrell, daughter-in-law Laurie Elmore, and grandchildren Stacey, Hayleigh, Ena Catherine, Logan, and Miles. Visitation will be held at Roller-Daniel Funeral Home on Fri., Dec. 27 from 6-8 p.m., and funeral service will be held at Roller-Daniel Funeral Home on Sat., Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. with interment to follow at Concord Cemetery in Lonoke, AR. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Sunshine School by mail:

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P.O. Box 831
Searcy, AR 72145;

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9 Condolence(s)
Tracy Spires
Carlisle, AR
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Dear Ena.
I am so sorry to hear of Carroll’s passing. I know that you cherished the time you had together, and knew how precious that time was as he struggled with his health issues. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Tim Barnes
Little Rock, AR
Monday, January 6, 2020

Wow, where do I even begin?! I have been gone from White County for a few years and I often go to the news or obituaries to be updated. I was saddened when i saw Mr. Carroll's obituary and also saddened for his family. You see, whenever I saw Mr. Carroll it always brought back fond memories of my childhood at Temple Baptist Church. My family lived in the trailer park just up from his family and being that my parents weren't regular church attenders, I had the privilege of being picked up by the church van each time the church doors were open. Mr. Carroll was one of the van drivers who would pick me up and then we would go the nursing homes and pick up those who attended as well. I got to know Mr. Carroll very well during those years along with his wife Ena and his children Bill and Christie. Ms. Ena was one of our Bible drill instructors and taught me a lot about the Bible. Bill and Christie took turns picking me up for youth functions.....Bill in the red Chevy truck and Christie in the Renault until they graduated from high school and moved on. I say this about his wife and children as I know they instilled their kindness to their children, and I know a lot of that came from Ms. Pauline as well. Years passed and I had lost touch with the family and I would see Mr. Carroll at the football games on Friday night and we would sit together. I knew he was driving a school bus then and I know he enjoyed mentoring and encouraging young minds. I will always remember Mr. Carroll and I offer my sincere condolences to Ena, Bill, Christie, and the rest of the family. Your family made a lasting impression on me and I can only hope to be like Mr. Carroll in my daily walk with Christ. I will keep you all in my prayers and for healing comfort in the days ahead.

Elaine (Stokes) Griggs
clinton, AR
Friday, December 27, 2019

Dear Ena, Bill, Christie and family, I will always have fond memories of Carroll. He was such a kind and caring man who loved the Lord and everyone else he met. You all are in our prayers. May God comfort you and give you peace. I love you all.

Marcia Roberts Butler
Cedar Park, TX
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Ena, Bill, and Christie, I’m so very sorry for your loss if Carroll. I have such fond memories of all of you wat back when!! I know Carroll will be missed by all who knew him. Prayers for all of you for strength, comfort, and peace.

Nathan Strayhorn
Fayetteville, AR
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

I was still a little boy in Sunday School in my first memory with Mr. Carroll--still young enough to sit on the floor during story time but old enough to make some big messes of the paints. I remember Mr. Carroll because he had a fairly commanding presence as a Sunday School teacher. Even though we were still very young, he was clear in his expectations of us, and treated us with respect and patience: a LOT of patience. And because he was an older man teaching a Sunday school class to young children, I listened. I remember specific stories and the ways he told them--Zacchaeus and the sycamore tree, Jonah and the big fish--but I also remember the profound way he was able to make these stories stick. The patience and the second chances and the restorative qualities in these stories came through, and in these ways Mr. Carroll was a conduit for the love, patience, and righteousness of the Author of all these stories. I credit Mr. Carroll for more than just showing me these stories in a book or on a felt board, but also for being a reminder of the lessons in these stories as I grew up riding in the bus that he drove, and mowing his lawn (SO much grace and patience), and watching how he loved and cared for his family and those around him on a daily basis. I learned some very important lessons from him, and for those I am always grateful. Thank you, Mr. Carroll.

Alice Elmore Doty
Davis, OK
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Wishing I could be with you. Missing my brother. Love you all.

Steven Sarosy
Irving, TX
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Carroll was an amazing and wonderful man who touched the hearts of many. He was patient and kind to all that knew him. He will be deeply missed. Thank you for all the wonderful memories of Christmas as Papa Clause and fishing and going to the races. You were a great husband, father, grandfather, mentor, and friend to many. You lived your life as a great example how real men should by keeping family and friends close to your heart and enjoying every moment you could with them. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and I know that they have many wonderful memories to look back on and to remember you by. You will be missed but never forgotten. Love Steve

Edwin & Wynette Hughes
Searcy, AR
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Ena, Bill, Christie, and all the extended family, we're so sorry for your loss. You all took such good care of him; what a testimony! Carroll was such a good man and had a heart for the Lord. Love to your family ….

Sheena Williamson
Searcy, AR
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with all family at this time.