Candler School of Theology is pleased to announce the recipient of its 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award, the Reverend Doctor J. W. "Bill" Carroll Sr. of Tupelo, Mississippi. Dr. Carroll was honored Tuesday, October 10, 2006, at the Candler Alumni Luncheon held in conjunction with the school's fall conference, Faith, Politics, and Policy.
Candler annually recognizes an alumnus or alumna whose service to God, the church, and his or her community has been made with distinction. Dr. Carroll has exhibited exemplary dedication to senior citizens through twenty-seven years of service at Mississippi Methodist Senior Services, an organization he helped establish in 1961 that today has blossomed into a statewide institution with eleven care facilities for the elderly serving 1600 residents. Nationally, heï¿½s held key leadership roles in the Health and Welfare Ministries of the United Methodist Church, the National Association of Retirement Housing, and the American Association of Homes and Services. During ten years of his retirement, Carroll voluntarily served as the director of the Shepherdï¿½s Center of Greater Tupelo, an organization of senior citizens working to improve their communities.
Dr. Carroll received the Master of Divinity degree from Candler in 1954 as well as an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Millsaps College, his alma mater. He's been married for over 50 years to his wife, Evelyn, and they have two sons, William Carroll Jr. and David W. Carroll, a 1983 Candler graduate, and three grandchildren.
Note: Evelyn Carroll, Bill's wife of fifty-five years, died November 21, 2006, following an automobile accident. The Carrolls have two sons, David 83T of Madison, Miss., and William of Greensboro, N.C.