Preplanning — Make your plan today
Navigation Menu+
Celebrating the life of
Robert Anthony "Tony" Carroll
September 11, 1941 - December 29, 2015
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Memorial Service
  • 4:00pm - Saturday, January 23, 2016
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066

Bruce, I'm very sorry to hear about Tony's passing. He was one of the most remarkable people I ever met, and the two of you helped make the world a better place. I will miss him dearly. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you always.

Terence A. O'Neill, Houston, TX-Texas

You will always be loved and remembered by the many people whose lives you changed and whose hearts you touched through your friendship. Thank you for making this world a better place for all of us. You will be in my heart forever.

Terence A. O'Neill, Houston, TX

Dearest Bruce, please accept our heartfelt condolences as you face this very difficult life change. It is so hard to imagine our neighborhood without this dynamo and his leadership! He was so faithful in helping people and opening his heart and home. We join in your loss and we know that sweet memories of the beautiful team you made will help you heal. Please call on us at anytime to comfort you. Memory eternal....Argo Georgandis and Howard Pyle

Argo Georgandis Pyle, Houston, Tx

I was shocked and very saddened by Tony's passing. I'm so sorry for your loss. He was loved by many.

Duane Nowell, Houston, Texas

Dearest Bruce, Pat and I are deeply grieving over Tony's death. We loved him, respected him, and valued him. The two of you were beautiful together. You are a precious person. Know that you are in our hearts and our thoughts. Love, Gail Rickey

Pat and Gail Rickey, Houston, TX

Bruce, our sincere condolences. We are so sad about Tony and we will greatly miss him. Allen & Inga Leon

Allen & Inga Leon, Houston, Tx

Bruce, We are heartsick over the loss of Tony--a unique and wonderful man. He was always so welcoming and we have many fond memories of him over the time we have been neighbors. Please know you are in our thoughts, Karen and Jerry

Karen and Jerry Thomas, Houston, Tx

Bruce my sincere condolences. I have been lucky to have met you both. What a truly remarkable person Tony was. What a gift to us all. Peace be with you. Connie

Connie Castillo, Houston, Tx

Bruce, When something as sad as this happens, there are no answers. But there are countless reasons why we will remember Tony's life that was taken away so unexpectedly. We are so sorry for your loss.

Landy Bauman & Kent Ferguson, Houston, tx

Robert Anthony “Tony” Carroll died unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 in New York City after a heart attack. He was 74.

A trailblazer in providing mental health services to Houston’s lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) community, Carroll was the first openly gay president of the Texas Society for Clinical Social Work. In 2015, he was honored with the lifetime achievement award from the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Work, which praised him as “an indefatigable civic activist, a generous philanthropist, a passionate supporter of the arts, and -- most significantly -- a leader in the struggle for full equality for LGBT people.”
He was born in 1941 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the son of R. B. “Bobby” and Sue Anthony Carroll. In 1964, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree from Hendrix College and taught music and choral performance in El Dorado, Arkansas schools, then moved to Houston in 1968. Until 1980, he served as director of choral music at a number of Houston high schools, and as organist-choirmaster at several area churches.
In 1983, he completed his Master’s in Social Work at the University of Houston and soon became one of Houston’s best-known gay psychotherapists. For 14 years, he was voted Houston’s “Gayest and Greatest” therapist by the readers of OutSmart Magazine.
In 1995, he met the love of his life, Houston dentist Bruce Smith, known for his pioneering international work with HIV infection control. They married in 2003. Known affectionately as “Dental and Mental,” both Tony and Bruce have been passionate lovers and supporters of GLBT causes, progressive politics, charitable causes, architecture, travel, theatre, music and opera.
Queen Elizabeth of England, the Queen Mother, was once asked about her thoughts on service, and responded that she firmly believed that service was the rent one paid for life. Tony paid that rent in full and more, and paid it willingly and with a great heart. Not only that, but he made the payment look both easy and joyous.
Tony is survived by his loving husband, Bruce W. Smith, DDS, brother Richard Lee (Dick) Carroll and wife Diane, sister Margaret Carroll Byrd and husband Tom, nieces Dana Carroll-Hart Couch, Anna Howard and husband Eddie, Gina Golden and husband Grant, Allison Lawrence and husband Allen, nephew Tommy Byrd and wife Celina and several great-nieces and nephews. He is also survived by brothers- and sisters-in-law, Alan and Lynda Smith, Scott and Cindy Smith, Barry and Debbie Smith, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Tony’s life will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 from four o’clock in the afternoon until six o’clock in the evening at Bradshaw-Carter Memorial & Funeral Services, 1734 West Alabama in Houston.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in Tony’s memory may be directed to Homeless Gay Kids-Houston, The Victory Fund, Lambda Legal or the progressive charity of your choice.

SHARE YOUR CONDOLENCES

  

GUEST BOOK

Candle tribute lit by Steven Martinez — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Edwin Cordray — Texas

Bruce, I'm very sorry to hear about Tony's passing. He was one of the most remarkable people I ever met, and the two of you helped make the world a better place. I will miss him dearly. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you always.

Terence A. O'Neill, Houston, TX-Texas

You will always be loved and remembered by the many people whose lives you changed and whose hearts you touched through your friendship. Thank you for making this world a better place for all of us. You will be in my heart forever.

Terence A. O'Neill, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Dale Roggenbuck — Texas

Dearest Bruce, please accept our heartfelt condolences as you face this very difficult life change. It is so hard to imagine our neighborhood without this dynamo and his leadership! He was so faithful in helping people and opening his heart and home. We join in your loss and we know that sweet memories of the beautiful team you made will help you heal. Please call on us at anytime to comfort you. Memory eternal....Argo Georgandis and Howard Pyle

Argo Georgandis Pyle, Houston, Tx

I was shocked and very saddened by Tony's passing. I'm so sorry for your loss. He was loved by many.

Duane Nowell, Houston, Texas

Candle tribute lit by Jim Sikorski — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Steve Martinez & Dale Gideon — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Michael Klare San Francisco — California

Candle tribute lit by David Kreidler — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Kenneth Wiesehuegel — Texas

Dearest Bruce, Pat and I are deeply grieving over Tony's death. We loved him, respected him, and valued him. The two of you were beautiful together. You are a precious person. Know that you are in our hearts and our thoughts. Love, Gail Rickey

Pat and Gail Rickey, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Allen & Inga Leon — Texas

Bruce, our sincere condolences. We are so sad about Tony and we will greatly miss him. Allen & Inga Leon

Allen & Inga Leon, Houston, Tx

Candle tribute lit by Landy and Kent Baum-Ferg — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Jerry Atwood — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Karen and Jerry Thomas — Texas

Bruce, We are heartsick over the loss of Tony--a unique and wonderful man. He was always so welcoming and we have many fond memories of him over the time we have been neighbors. Please know you are in our thoughts, Karen and Jerry

Karen and Jerry Thomas, Houston, Tx

Candle tribute lit by Kay Warhol — Texas

Bruce my sincere condolences. I have been lucky to have met you both. What a truly remarkable person Tony was. What a gift to us all. Peace be with you. Connie

Connie Castillo, Houston, Tx

Candle tribute lit by Connie Castillo — Texas

Bruce, When something as sad as this happens, there are no answers. But there are countless reasons why we will remember Tony's life that was taken away so unexpectedly. We are so sorry for your loss.

Landy Bauman & Kent Ferguson, Houston, tx


© Bradshaw-Carter | Sitemap | www.prepaidfunerals.texas.gov