Carroll Crawford Gillespie, Jr.
Dr. Carroll Crawford Gillespie, Jr., 88, passed away peacefully at home on February 1, 2013. Carroll was born on October 28, 1924 in Austin, Texas. He was the son of Carroll C. and Alberta Smith Gillespie. He is survived by Jo Jean, his wife of 66 years; daughter Sharon Gillespie of Dallas; son Trey Gillespie and his wife, Annie, of Austin; daughter Linda Gillespie Lugar and her husband, Todd, of Carmel, Indiana; grandchildren Ian and Lauren Gillespie, and Austin, Ryan, and Brandon Lugar; and Jezebel, the beloved Shih Tzu who was always by his side. Carroll was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Austin High School. While attending the University of Texas
, he served as a page in the Texas Senate. He graduated from the University of Texas Dental School and Baylor School of Dentistry, where he specialized in periodontia. Carroll was an active member of our military, serving in the Army
during World War II
in Manila and Hawaii. He returned to Austin to establish a practice in general dentistry and continued to serve in the National Guard. During the Korean Conflict
, he was recalled to active service and transferred to the U.S. Air Force and continued to serve for 31 years through the Vietnam War. While in the Air Force, he and his family lived in several cities in Texas and Florida, Bermuda, and Germany. In Germany, he served as Chief of Periodontics for Europe and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service. In 1972 he retired from the Air Force in Austin as a Lt. Colonel. Carroll reestablished a private practice in periodontia in Austin, Texas from 1972-1989. He was a member of several dental organizations, a Mason, and a 50+ year member of the Ben Hur Shrine. He loved his family dearly, the Longhorns, country music, golf, Tom Kite and Judge Judy. Thank you to Grace Hospice for their loving care, especially to Nurse Jayme and Marcus, who made such a big difference in Carroll's final months and a difference to his family. All the prayers and love from friends and family were felt, heard and appreciated these last several months. Private family services have been held. Professional services by Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas. Condolences may be sent to www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com