Henry Stanley Carroll, 97, passed away peacefully at The Villages at the Glen in Shreveport, Louisiana on Friday, October 30th.
He was born in Clarksville, Texas on December 9, 1922 to James Cleveland Carroll and Minnie Lee Hastings Carroll. The family moved to southwestern Arkansas when he was a small child and he grew up near Chidester, Arkansas. As a child, he worked alongside his parents and siblings picking cotton. They each got one straw hat a year and he said he usually wore his out fighting wasps. His family was known for being able to pick 1500 lbs of raw cotton a day which would create a 500lb bale after it was ginned. As a young man, he worked in an ice-house and then went into the Army where he served as a military police officer during WWII. After leaving the Army, he lived most of his adult life in Shreveport. He married Billie Jean Dempsey in 1956 while he was a police officer and she was an ER nurse - they met while they were both serving in the line of duty. He served the city with two distinguished careers in law enforcement. He retired in 1970 from the Shreveport Police Department as a detective. He retired again 20 years later from the City Marshal's office where he served as Deputy Marshal and Chief Warrant Officer. During his law enforcement days, he was a martial arts and firearms instructor for the police department, and taught self-defense classes for women throughout the Shreveport-Bossier community. In his early days as a police officer, he moonlighted as a professional wrestler at the Municipal Auditorium under the name "Black Demon." After retirement, he was offered a job with the federal marshal's office, but decided he'd spent enough time wearing a badge, carrying a gun, and trying not to get killed. He worked construction with his brother Bob for a few years after retirement, but finally quit work for good. He spent the bulk of his retirement years volunteering at his church, Word of Life Center, where he was a beloved member for over 30 years. His loves were obvious to all who knew him - hunting, fishing, gardening, bush-hogging or mowing on his tractor, spending time with friends and family (especially outdoors), eating fried catfish and shrimp, and drinking at least a pot of coffee every day, ideally with a piece of chocolate pie or a donut (or three). The greatest love of his life, however, was his wife of 61 years. They were true partners and did nearly everything together. After Billie Jean died in 2017, Stanley seemed lost in the world and he grieved her terribly through his last days. They are reunited now and he is at peace in the presence of their Lord.
He is survived by: son Joe Carroll and daughter-in-law Carolyn, daughter Jill Carroll and daughter-in-law Nishta Mehra, daughter Charlotte Allen and son-in-law Phil; grandchildren Gentry, Shiv, Lisa and Laurie; great-grandchildren Michael, Tony, Nick and Kelly; sisters Myrtle, Gracie and Mary; brother-in-law Dannie and sister-in-law Mary Frances; and many cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as a handful of lifelong friends that he considered family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Bob, Margaret, Vila and Dorothy, and by his beloved wife Billie. Those who wish to honor him may consider a donation to Wounded Warriors, his favorite charity, or to a charity of their choice.
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