Carroll, Billy Joe

 

July 8, 1929-May 16, 2007—Son of Roy B. and Dovie (Hammock) Carroll

Mr. Carroll, 77, died May 16, 2007 at Regency Hospital in Plano from pneumonia. Services were May 19, 2007 at the First Baptist Church of Frisco, where he was a longtime member.

Billy Joe Carroll devoted much of his time and energy to making the simple farm town of Frisco a bigger and better place.

Mr. Carroll graduated from Frisco High School in 1947. It was there that he met his lifelong partner, Reba Cobb Carroll, and they married two years later when she graduated.

“I just miss him so much. He was definitely my best friend,” Mrs. Carroll said Saturday.

Mrs. Carroll, 74, remembers her husband as a hard worker who lived to make his hometown a better place.

“He was for anything that bettered the economy in Frisco, and he was very much a contributor to this city,” said Mrs. Carroll, who described her husband and his friends as the “old-school crew of Frisco.”

“We both worked on farms back when Frisco was a farming community and all of the land was cotton fields and wheat fields. We are just one of a few who can still remember when Frisco was like that,” she said.

Mr. and Mrs. Carroll moved to Dallas after they married and lived in the city for 11 years. Their first child, Debbie Jo Carroll Boyce, was born in 1951; their second, Danny Wayne Carroll, was born in 1956, after the couple returned to Frisco.

Mrs. Boyce remembers her father as an involved man whose family grew along with the city.

“When we grew up here, it was a smaller community,” she said. “Our whole family centered around community activities. I think that gave us a lot of grounding, and as time went on we became a part of the growth, and my dad had a lot of pride in that and the traditions of Frisco.”

Mr. Carroll started his career working for the city in the 1960s and served one term on the City Council.

In 1976, he and his son combined their efforts, and their names, to start a construction company called JoDan. In 1986, he retired from JoDan and was a major contributor to the development of what was called Phillips Ranch at that time.

In 1997, Mr. Carroll went to work for the Frisco Housing Authority, where he remained as a maintenance supervisor until suddenly becoming ill in April, his wife said.

“He definitely inspired and influenced all of our lives. Both of our children and even our grandson have worked for the city,” said Mrs. Carroll, who worked for the Frisco ISD for 30 years until 1998 and will have a school named in her honor this year.

“They even named a street after him, Carroll Circle,” his wife said. “It’s not much of a street, but it was where we lived for several years. He just did so much for the city; that’s why they did it,” Mrs. Carroll said.

Mr. Carroll was a hard worker, said his son.

“In the early years, I thought he was a workaholic, but it was his work ethic,” said Danny Carroll, operations manager for Frisco’s public works department. “He was very honest; he never owed anybody any money. If he told you he was going to do something, he was there.”

In addition to his wife, son and daughter, Mr. Carroll is survived by two brothers, Herschel Carroll of Joshua and Lloyd Carroll of Lewisville; two sisters, Geraldine Carroll Barnes of Campbell and Imogene C. Brown of Georgia; and three grandchildren. He was preceeded in death by 2 brothers, Virgil and Leonard Carroll.

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