Retired Lt. Col. Gerald D. "Jerry" Carroll, 81, of New Bern, N.C., died Sunday, June 8, 2014, at CarolinaEast Medical Center.
He was born June 24, 1932 in Louisville, Ky.
In 1947, Jerry enlisted in Battery B, 623rd Field Artillery Battalion of the Kentucky National Guard. In 1951, he served in the Korean War
and later in 1968 in the Vietnam Campaign, where he was awarded the Bronze Star
. Lt. Col. Carroll was a "mustang" who was commissioned in 1961 as an infantry officer in the United States Army
Reserve. He later transferred to the Intelligence Corp., graduated from the University of Maryland, and supported his Terps. He retired from the U.S. Army in August 1979 as a lieutenant colonel.
After working for General Electric for nine years, he and his lovely wife, Martha, moved to New Bern in August 1988. They both enjoyed golf, bridge and traveling. Martha went to be with God in September 2004.
Jerry was an active member of the Baracca Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church of New Bern. He was an avid golfer and member of the River Bend Country Club and a past president of the River Bend Men's Golf Association.
He was married to Carol Carroll. She survives.
Survivors also include two daughters, Susan Gleaton (Vernon) of Woodbridge, Va., and Pam Poggi (Tom) of San Francisco, Calif.; a son, Gerald A. Carroll (Heather) of Woodbridge; a brother, Kenneth Carroll (Hilda) of Campbellsville; a stepdaughter, Wendy Strickland of New Bern; a stepson, Kevin Strickland of New Bern; eight grandchildren, Jason Gleaton, Elizabeth Mathewson, Jessica Lamanti, Cassandra Lamanti, Nicholas Lamanti, Delaney Carroll, Keagan Carroll and Taryn Carroll; six great-grandchildren, Jacob Gleaton, Hope Gleaton, Ty Mathewson, Ella Mathewson, Kaylee Greene and Aubree Greene; and a step-great-grandchild, Damon Rand.
Funeral was Saturday, June 14, at First Baptist Church.
Interment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Salvation Army.
Online condolences may be made to the Carroll family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.
Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory in New Bern was in charge of arrangements.