Funeral services for Jerry Lavaughn Carroll, of Henderson, were 2 p.m. Saturday at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Crook Avenue with Bro. Ronnie Geary officiating. Burial followed at Chester County Memory Gardens. The family received friends at Crook Avenue from 5-8 p.m. on Friday.
He was born in the New Friendship Community on Jan. 15, 1938, to the late Lonnie Houston and Madgie Mae Butler Carroll. He attended New Friendship School until going to Chester County High, graduating in 1957. After graduation, he began to work for Bolton Motor Company and in 1960 began a six-year stint with the Tennessee Army National Guard and then later worked at Rhodes Service Station.
In 1969, he began his car career at Guinn Bros Inc. and finally retiring from Jeff Teague Jeep Chrysler in 2000. His main reason for retiring was so he could sleep as late as he wanted. He did that and returned to his love of horses and visiting with the residents of Chester County Nursing Home, which he did almost every day. He loved to visit.
He was a founding member of the Chester County Saddle Club in 1965 and one of the original members of the “Over the Hill Gang.” He loved to buy, sell and ride horses. He showed many of those horses and made many friends during this time.
He married his long-time love, Nadine Freeman Carroll on March 19, 1965, and in 1967, they had one child, Janet. He attended First Assembly of God for years, but in his last few years, he attended First Baptist Church with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Nadine, of 58 years and eight months; his daughter, Janet; nieces and nephews, Ginny Mount, Debbie Morris, Kim Carroll and Wesley Freeman; several great-nephews and nieces; a very special cousin who was like a brother, Carroll Priddy; and a dear friend, Randy “Red” Butler.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two older brothers, Thomas Wayne in 1934 and Leon in 2020.