Anna Lee McCamish Carroll, 101, of Cleveland, Tn., died Friday, July 13, 2012.
She fulfilled her purpose by serving God, family and her church all of her active adult years. She became a follower of Jesus Christ at the age of 12 and served Him in three churches, Waterville Baptist, Hopewell Baptist and Maple Street Baptist. She was a student of the Bible and a gifted teacher of God’s Word. She served as leader of the Women’s Missionary Union, Girl’s Auxiliary, and Young Women’s Missions Groups. She taught Sunday School to different age groups and directed and taught inVacation Bible Schools. She was involved in the Parent Teacher’s Association at Oak Grove School. Musically inclined, she sang and played the piano. As a homemaker, she raised 12 children all but two survive her. She excelled as a homemaker with her cooking, canning, gardening, seamstress, and quilting making sure her family’s needs were met. She was a caregiver for her mother who lived to be 103 years old. She generously gave of herself, her time and her money.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Lee Carroll; daughter, Frances Owens;son Roger Carroll; parents Rev H.R. and Carrie McCamish; brothers, Roy, Virgil, and Ray McCamish; three sons-in-law; two great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Survivors are her son Donald Carroll and wife Shirley; nine daughters, Evelyn Jones, Betty Benker, Norma Delay, Gloria Cameron, Barbara Duggan and husband Jack, Kay Suits and husband Bob, Edna Polier and husband Jim, all of Cleveland, Sandra Caswell and husband Andy of Carrollton, GA, Brenda Van Huff and husband Al of Anchorage, AK; 32 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren, 24 great-great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-great-grandchild.
Her home-going celebration will be Sunday, July 15 at 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Jim Caywood officaiting. Interment will follow in Fort Hill Cemetery with a white dove release ceremony concluding the service. Pallbearers are grandsons Jamey Carroll, Todd Duggan, Randall Bivens, Danny Mantooth, Josh Caswell and Billy Headrick. Honorary pallbearers are grandsons Greg Duggan, Jerry Headrick, Mark True, Tim Mantooth, J.L. Jones, Steve Benker, Lamar Suits, Robert Suits, Michael Suits, Chuck Delay, Brian Singh, and Steven Singh.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 14 from 5-8 p.m. at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home who has charge of the arrangements.