Robert "Bob" Carroll

April 04, 1928, August 05, 2017


Robert “Bob” G. Carroll, 89, of Fannett, Texas, originally of Galesburg, Illinois, met his Savior for a 2 o’clock tee time on August 5, 2017. Bob was the eldest of eight children born to Fern and Glenn Carroll on April 4, 1928. He joined the United States Navy during World War II, where he served as an electrician and became a father to two boys, Robert Jr. and Rick.

Bob began working for CB&Q Railroad, later known as Burlington Northern, as a conductor until his retirement in the early 90’s. A twist of fate caused by a motorcycle accident brought him together with Sonja Dawson whom he married March 17, 1978. He had a strong love for worshiping the Lord which he chose to do at the First Church of God in Galesburg and Beaumont, and anywhere else he could.

Bob also belonged to Vesper Masonic Lodge #584; Scottish Rite where he became a 32nd degree Mason; El Bon Shrine where he became a 33rd Degree Mason and “Bobo” the clown; and a member of the American Legion Post 285. After moving to Beaumont in 1995, he continued his passion for volunteering at the local hospitals where he enjoyed helping others.

Survivors include his daughter, Rhonda O’Dell and her husband, Steve, of Fannett; son, Steve Dawson and his wife, Debbie, of Pearland; daughter-in-law, Nona Carroll of Galesburg, Illinois; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Richard Carroll and his wife, Julie, of Galesburg, Illinois; sisters, Marlyn Winder of Peoria, Illinois; Mary Simmons and her husband, Ken, of Fannett; and Annette Caldwell and her husband, Al, of Beaumont; and a variety of other family members.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; two sons; two sisters; and one brother.

A gathering of Mr. Carroll’s family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m. with his funeral service to follow at 12:00 p.m., Thursday, August 10, 2017, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His cremation will be held through Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in his name to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607; or Harbor Hospice, 2450 North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77713.

Gathering of Family and Friends
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Thursday, August 10, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Thursday, August 10, 2017
12:00 p.m.
5150 Stivers Street Beaumont, TX 77705

Comments (6)

  • Jackie

    07 August 2017 at 19:16 | #

    Thank you Darrel! Glad you also have memories to Remember him by!


  • Karen crutchfield

    07 August 2017 at 14:34 | #

    I would just like to say I am going to miss my singing buddy. i am going to miss his smiling face.. he will truly be missed and will forever be in my heart. and to the family just know that he only takes the best and he was one of the best. now i know that he is singing in the heavenly choir with a big smile on his face.


    • Jackie

      07 August 2017 at 19:11 | #

      Thank you so much Karen,! He always looked forward to singing with you!


  • Rachel Leblanc

    06 August 2017 at 23:49 | #

    There are many times in ouR liFe where we encounter people who will forever leave a mark on your life. For me this was when i had the honor and PRIVILEGE of meeting mr carroll and his family. You all have become more than just ACQUAINTANCES now we are family. May god's PERPETUAL light shine Upon mr carroll and bring peace & comfort to all his family... love you all & god bless


    • Jackie

      07 August 2017 at 19:13 | #

      Thank you rachel! That was a beautiful tribute to grandpa. He truly did love all of you ladies thaT cared so well for him! Thanks again for everything you did for him while he was in yoir care!


  • darrel anderson

    06 August 2017 at 17:51 | #

    Have known Bob since childhood. Have many fond memories of the carroll family. I played "preach the word" hundreds of times on my sax, and I heard it first played by Bob as a boy. Our prayers are with you.


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