In the early morning hours of March 21, 2013, a gentle spirit winged its way to heaven. Alma Yarbrough Carroll heard the unmistakable call of the Heavenly Father for whom she had been such a dedicated servant and joined him in the new life prepared for her.
A native of Heard County, Georgia, she was born November 10, 1923, one of the nine children born of the late Olin and Belle Faver Yarbrough. Her siblings being Coleman Yarbrough (deceased), Milton Yarbrough (deceased), Novelle Dennis, James Yarbrough (deceased), Lucy Ann Lange, Mary Shoemake, Ellis Yarbrough, and Stanley Yarbrough. In 1977 her family moved back to Coweta County where she lived most of her years except 13 years in Troup County and 8 years in Heard County. She graduated from Western High School in May 1941. She later attended Berry College in Rome GA where she graduated in 1945 with a degree in business administration. She married Auvie Carroll on December 19, 1947. He preceded her in death on March 31, 1995. Mrs. Carroll’s servant spirit led her to a professional career in education. She taught Business Education for 26 years in Hogansville High School (1949-1956 and 1959-1978). She taught in Coweta County 5 years. She was chosen Star Teacher in 1965 and the high school yearbook was dedicated to her in honor of her years of service in 1952 and 1978. She retired in June 1978 after 31 years as an educator. She held a Life Membership in the Retired Teachers Association of Georgia.
Her desire to educate also extended into her life as a Christian. She had been a member of Providence Baptist Church, Moreland Baptist, Unity Baptist in LaGrange, Unity Baptist in Newnan, and most recently a member of East Newnan Baptist Church. She taught Sunday School in all of the churches, encompassing 50 years total; 22 years at Unity Baptist. She also taught a monthly study from WMU ROYAL SERVICE publications for several years at Unity Baptist. Church, family, many friends, and a love of correspondence, cards, writing and genealogy made her life a bountiful blessing. In 1990 she published a 385 page family history book “Faver and Kindred 1748 - 1990.” She was a member of the Coweta County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Mrs. Carroll is survived by her children Don (Cindy) Carroll, Tim (Beth) Carroll, Elizabeth (Brandon) Medford. She was a loving grandmother to Amy and Jennifer Carroll, Neena (Slade) Lowe, Anna Carroll, Katelyn Carroll, Avery Medford, Becky (Roger) Turner and Kristin Gazaway. She was the great grandmother of Hampton Turner. In her own words she expressed her view of her life. “To God be the glory for His guidance, leadership, understanding and wisdom for every success, accomplishment and honor in my life. All came only by His grace.”
Funeral arrangements are by McKoon Funeral Home at 38 Jackson Street where the family will receive friends on Friday evening between 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. The funeral service will be on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 2:00 PM at East Newnan Baptist Church with Dr. Paul Dennis, Dr. Pat Latta and Reverend Frank Powers officiating. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Carroll’s memory to The East Newnan Baptist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mckoon.com