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Celebrating the life of
James Roy Carroll
May 22, 1958 - November 26, 2013
Lived every day of his life with enthusiasm, grace and cheerfulness and will be deeply missed.
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Eucharist Service
  • 1:30pm - Saturday, December 07, 2013
  • Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
  • 6221 Main Street (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77030

  • 713.529.6196
  • Burial
  • 3:00pm - Saturday, December 07, 2013
  • Glenwood Cemetery
  • 2525 Washington Avenue (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77007

  • (713) 864-7886

I just don't even know where to start. This is so incredibly, devastatingly sad and James Roy will be missed tremendously. That, my friends, is the understatement of the year. From the moment I first met James in 2004, it was immediately apparent what a warm, generous, magnanimous person he was. Because James was already very close to my husband, he welcomed me as one of his best friends. From that moment on, James was, and always will be, a very dear friend. James was a brilliant educator and would often prod me to join him in that same career. But unlike James, I didn't see me as having the patience, temperament or resilience it would take to significantly make a difference in the lives of young people. For James, that was second nature. I am so very, very grateful to have had an opportunity to ring in the 2013 New Year with James, Michael, Kelly, Hector and my husband Damian. Although James didn't have a lot of energy, we still had a magnificent time sharing memories, laughs and good times. It's certainly a time I will always cherish, along with countless other visits over the years. Certainly, I can never see "squeaky snow" without thinking of James. Rest in peace, my dear friend. Enjoy your time with your favorite Wookie. All the love.

Marcellus Sinclair, Kansas city, MO

Speedy you will always be in my heart and I will always remember your words of wisdom will continually play when I think of you. I love you my dear sweet Speedy...

LaAndrea Jenkins Williams, Missouri City, TX

Very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace. Eccl. 9:5

anonymous, unknown, TX

Our hearts go out to Michael and James' family. We will always remember James in Wisconsin.

Frank and Cydney Christian, Columbus, WI

Mr. Carroll will be truly missed. His spirit and love for the students he taught showed daily. May he rest in peace. My condolences to Michael and the family, may God give you strength in this time of sorrow.

Thomasina Gatson, Humble, TX

Mr. Carroll, as I am so used to calling you, you were such an inspiration in my life. As a new teacher and a new Texas resident years ago you opened your heart and offered your expertise on all things Houston. I will never forget the wisdom you provided. God bless you and your family.

Alison Elmhorst, Spring, TX

My sweet brother, you will be in my heart forever. I miss you more than words can say. You were the best big brother any sister could ever ask for. Rest in peace till we meet again.

Debi Jenkins, The Woodlands, TX

My condolences to the bereaved family of Mr. James Carroll. May you be comforted by reflecting on the many wonderful memories that you can cherish forever. Also you can look forward to the removal of all causes of death and the heartaches it brings.

Anonymous, unknown, TX

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Christen Gould, Houston, TX

Praying for your family. Remember that GOD is always there to comfort you!

Joe and Toni Taylor, Slocum, TX

James will be missed in the physical form but will be in our hearts and minds for all the time we have left on earth. I was so lucky to know him and call him my best friend. He and Michael are two of the best people I have every known.

Kelly Biggs, Houston, TX

To James' family: James was a rare individual and you were all so loved by him. Through the years, James always spoke so highly of each of you. He truly loved Mike and Kyle and oft told me how lucky he was to have each of you so close to him. I share your grief and take comfort knowing that we shall all be united again. God bless you all.

Sam Ferreri, Pearland, TX

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

The McHugh Family, Alice, TX

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

The Mayer Family, Magnolia, TX

To Debi, I remember James when we were all first married at Rittenhouse Bapitis Church. He was full of life like your whole family. I know you will miss him but remember you will see him again one day. Love to you and your whole family. Love Susan, John, and Beth

Susan Dockery, Katy, TX

James Roy Carroll, 55, died peacefully at home, November 26, 2013, surrounded by family and friends, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Born in Houston, Texas, May 22, 1958, James was a 7th generation Texan and member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas and Sons of the American Revolution. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, in 1986 and worked in the food and beverage industry for many years. Seeking his true career, James became a teacher in Aldine ISD in 1994 and earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Houston in 1996. First teaching 7th grade Texas history, James later became a Reading Specialist and taught at Aldine Ninth Grade School for many years. He was proud to be named Teacher of the Year in 2004 and was sad to retire early in 2012 after 18 years because of illness. His contributions to help teenagers become better readers and better people influenced thousands.

In 1985, James met Michael Johnson while working at the Austin Country Club, and the two were inseparable in life for over 28 years. James and Michael were joyously united in marriage on October 22, 2013, in New York City’s Central Park at the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace in the presence of many friends. James and Michael shared a lifetime of travel, adventures, and countless happy times with friends in their beloved homes in Houston, Magnolia, and the Creekhouse in Pipe Creek, Texas.

James was known by his friends and family for his nearly photographic memory, especially for architectural designs and house floor plans. He was extremely well read, with wide-ranging interests in art, architecture, history, travel, ocean liners, English country houses, dogs, contemporary music, and many others. He fought a devastating diagnosis of advanced cancer with dignity and grace for almost 2 years. During that time, though ravaged by disease, radiation, and chemotherapy, James was blessed to join friends and family for many hours of precious times together, cruised from New York City to Quebec City, Canada, on the Queen Mary 2 and returned to New York a year later to be married in Central Park. Earlier this year, while enduring a rigorous chemotherapy regimen, he opened his heart and home to adopt a Poodle/Bichon puppy named Andy, whom he adored. He lived every day of his life with enthusiasm, grace and cheerfulness. He will be deeply missed.

James is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James A. Carroll of the Woodlands, his son Kyle Michael Roller of Magnolia, his sister Debi Jenkins and her husband William Jenkins, his sister Tammy Samoff and husband Ken Samoff, all of the Woodlands, his brother Charles N. Carroll and wife Donna Carroll of Palestine, Texas, ten nieces and nephews, numerous cousins and great-nieces and nephews, countless friends, his sweet puppy Andy, and his beloved husband, Michael.

A Eucharist Service to celebrate James’s life will be held Saturday, December 7, 1:30pm, at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 6221 Main Street, Houston, Texas, officiated by the Rev. John W. Price. A reception will follow at Palmer, then all are welcome to attend the graveside service at Glenwood Cemetery, 2525 Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas.

The family thanks the fine doctors, nurses, and staff at Methodist Hospital, Houston Hospice and CanCare for their care of James. For those desiring, in lieu of flowers, charitable gifts to help fight cancer may be offered to a cancer organization of your choice.

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Candle tribute lit by stacey — Texas

I just don't even know where to start. This is so incredibly, devastatingly sad and James Roy will be missed tremendously. That, my friends, is the understatement of the year. From the moment I first met James in 2004, it was immediately apparent what a warm, generous, magnanimous person he was. Because James was already very close to my husband, he welcomed me as one of his best friends. From that moment on, James was, and always will be, a very dear friend. James was a brilliant educator and would often prod me to join him in that same career. But unlike James, I didn't see me as having the patience, temperament or resilience it would take to significantly make a difference in the lives of young people. For James, that was second nature. I am so very, very grateful to have had an opportunity to ring in the 2013 New Year with James, Michael, Kelly, Hector and my husband Damian. Although James didn't have a lot of energy, we still had a magnificent time sharing memories, laughs and good times. It's certainly a time I will always cherish, along with countless other visits over the years. Certainly, I can never see "squeaky snow" without thinking of James. Rest in peace, my dear friend. Enjoy your time with your favorite Wookie. All the love.

Marcellus Sinclair, Kansas city, MO

Speedy you will always be in my heart and I will always remember your words of wisdom will continually play when I think of you. I love you my dear sweet Speedy...

LaAndrea Jenkins Williams, Missouri City, TX

Very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace. Eccl. 9:5

anonymous, unknown, TX

Our hearts go out to Michael and James' family. We will always remember James in Wisconsin.

Frank and Cydney Christian, Columbus, WI

Mr. Carroll will be truly missed. His spirit and love for the students he taught showed daily. May he rest in peace. My condolences to Michael and the family, may God give you strength in this time of sorrow.

Thomasina Gatson, Humble, TX

Mr. Carroll, as I am so used to calling you, you were such an inspiration in my life. As a new teacher and a new Texas resident years ago you opened your heart and offered your expertise on all things Houston. I will never forget the wisdom you provided. God bless you and your family.

Alison Elmhorst, Spring, TX

My sweet brother, you will be in my heart forever. I miss you more than words can say. You were the best big brother any sister could ever ask for. Rest in peace till we meet again.

Debi Jenkins, The Woodlands, TX

Candle tribute lit by Debi Jenkins — Texas

My condolences to the bereaved family of Mr. James Carroll. May you be comforted by reflecting on the many wonderful memories that you can cherish forever. Also you can look forward to the removal of all causes of death and the heartaches it brings.

Anonymous, unknown, TX

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Christen Gould, Houston, TX

Praying for your family. Remember that GOD is always there to comfort you!

Joe and Toni Taylor, Slocum, TX

James will be missed in the physical form but will be in our hearts and minds for all the time we have left on earth. I was so lucky to know him and call him my best friend. He and Michael are two of the best people I have every known.

Kelly Biggs, Houston, TX

To James' family: James was a rare individual and you were all so loved by him. Through the years, James always spoke so highly of each of you. He truly loved Mike and Kyle and oft told me how lucky he was to have each of you so close to him. I share your grief and take comfort knowing that we shall all be united again. God bless you all.

Sam Ferreri, Pearland, TX

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

The McHugh Family, Alice, TX

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

The Mayer Family, Magnolia, TX

To Debi, I remember James when we were all first married at Rittenhouse Bapitis Church. He was full of life like your whole family. I know you will miss him but remember you will see him again one day. Love to you and your whole family. Love Susan, John, and Beth

Susan Dockery, Katy, TX


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