Phenola Carroll, 87, aided spouse with ministry

July 05, 1999|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Phenola V. Carroll, a former social worker who assisted in her husband's ministry in the United Methodist Church, died of cancer Wednesday at her daughter's home in Gainesville, Fla. She was 87.

Mrs. Carroll, who lived in Bolton Hill before she moved to Gainesville two years ago, had worked as a caseworker for the New York City Department of Welfare from 1946 to 1956. After she moved to Baltimore, she was employed as a social worker assigned to the city housing department from 1956 to 1960.

The former Phenola Valentine was born in Frederick, the daughter of a Methodist minister. She was raised on Carey Street in Baltimore and graduated from Frederick Douglass Senior High School in 1929. She earned her bachelor's degree from then-Morgan College in 1933.

During World War II, she worked as an analyst in the War Department in Washington.

She was married in 1934 to the Rev. Edward G. Carroll Sr., who was elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church in 1972.

During his long career, Bishop Carroll ministered to congregations in Boston and New York, and locally had been pastor at Sharp Street United Methodist Church and Negro United Methodist Church at Dolphin and Etting streets. He retired in 1980.

In 1968, Bishop Carroll and his wife were assigned to Marvin Memorial United Methodist Church in Silver Spring.

"They helped integrate an all-white church, and she assisted him in building a membership of reconciliation," said her son, Edward G. Carroll Jr. of Baltimore.

Mrs. Carroll served on the board of the Crispus Attucks Society in Boston, named for the black patriot who was killed in the Boston Massacre before the Revolutionary War. She was a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

A world traveler, Mrs. Carroll enjoyed spending summers at a home she and her husband shared in Picton, Ontario.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. July 17 at Sharp Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Etting St.

In addition to her husband and son, Mrs. Carroll is survived by a daughter, Nansi E. Carroll of Gainesville; a brother, Wilbur G. Valentine of Baltimore; and two grandsons, Edward G. Carroll III and Scott J. Carroll, both of Los Angeles.

Pub Date: 7/05/99

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