Erby Rue Carroll, Jr, 97, of Viola, Arkansas, passed away, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
He was born in Viola, Arkansas on November 30, 1919, son of the late Anna Rebecca (Whitaker) and Erby Rue Carroll, Sr. Erby spent his life as a loving son, brother, husband, uncle and friend. He was united in marriage to the late Ella Maye Hunter in West Plains, Missouri and they were married for over 50 years. Erby served our country in the United States Army and was a member of the Viola United Methodist Church in Viola, Arkansas. He attended college at Arkansas College (Lyon College) in Batesville, Arkansas where he played basketball and baseball. After college, Erby played baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Brooklyn Dodgers (LA Dodgers), in addition to playing baseball while in the US Army. During his working years, Erby worked as a plant manager for Riverside Cement in California. Farming was one of Erby’s loves. While working in California he would take each vacation to come back and work on his farm. Erby loved his dog Penny dearly and always did things his way.
Erby is survived by his nieces, Carol Hill and husband Charles of Cherokee Village, Arkansas and Jana Barnes and husband Lewis of Mountain Home, Arkansas; nephews, Randy Love and wife Sandy of Viola, Arkansas, Larry Hunter and wife Mary of Lead Hill, Arkansas, Lee Hunter and wife Rita of Lead Hill, Arkansas and Bob Hunter and wife Linda of St. Louis, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ella Maye Carroll; Parents, Anna and Erby Carroll; sisters, Kowanda Watson and Johnece Love and niece, Sammy Hunter Journagan.
Graveside services will be Friday, April 28, 2017 beginning at 11:00 AM with Rev. Velda Bell officiating at Viola Cemetery in Viola, Arkansas.
Pallbearers include: Brock Love, Brandon Love, Blake Love, Scotty Carroll, Randy Love and Elwin Wray
Arrangements entrusted to Doty Family Funeral Service of Salem, Arkansas.