Carol Hennington Carlisle, devoted wife and loving mother of five children passed away June 7, 2019 at the age of 81.
Carol was born in McCaulley, Texas on October 5, 1937 to Lily May and Roy B. Hennington. Carol graduated from McCaulley High School and attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX. At Hardin-Simmons she met Robert N. (Bob) Carlisle. Carol and Bob married November 28, 1958. They celebrated 60 years of marriage last November. Together, Bob and Carol raised five children: Elisa, Robert, Gordon, Elaine, and Bethany.
Carol's great passions in this life were her Christian faith, the love of her family, and growing and tending anything that would take root in the soil. She once caused great consternation by announcing that she would be turning most of the family property into a meadow. Carol was a member of the Gulf Coast Day Lily Society and had great joy each year in tending and watching the day lilies bloom. Additionally, Carol enjoyed providing vegetables for her family from her garden.
Carol found great joy in teaching Sunday School. She taught Sunday School for over 40 years and taught up until the last two months of her life. Most recently, she was a teacher for a women's Sunday School class at the First Baptist Church of Ocean Springs, MS. Saturday evening would always find her with a Bible and Sunday School book in her lap preparing for the lesson the next morning. She was a devoted prayer warrior and kept a detailed prayer journal in order to pray for the members of her Sunday School class and her family.
To her children, Carol gave the gifts of faith, curiosity, and exploration. When her children were young, Carol encouraged them to pursue their interests and cultivated their thoughts with trips to the library and many evenings sharing books together.
Carol was preceded in death by her father, Roy, her mother Lily May, and brother David. She is survived by her husband Bob, her five children Elisa, Robert, Gordon, Elaine, and Bethany, and her brother Bryan.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 13th, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Ocean Springs, MS. Visitation will be held at 10 am with a service following at 11 am.
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