By Jodi Marze, Lifestyles Editor
The Picayune Item
Nova A. Carroll, long time Pearl River County attorney, passed away Sunday at Baptist Hospital in Jackson after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born Sept. 27, 1943.
Upon retirement, he moved to Madison, Miss. to be closer to his grandchildren.
Carroll graduated from McNeill High School in 1961 and went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force from 1962-1966. He later worked as an electronic technician for Sears in Gulfport. At this time, he returned to school and earned an Associates Degree at Jefferson Davis, a Bachelors Degree at the University of Southern Mississippi (1976) and a Juris Doctorate at the University of Mississippi (1979). While at Ole Miss, he served as vice president of the Moot Court Board and was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. On returning to Picayune, he began his legal career with the firm of Stewart, Burks and Pace and became a partner in 1984, becoming Stewart, Burks, Pace and Carroll. He served a four year term as attorney for the city of Picayune, 1984-1988. In 1990, he became the prosecutor for the city of Poplarville, a position he held until 2007. In 1991, he became attorney for the Pearl River County Board of Supervisors, a position he held until 2007. He retired from private practice in 2006.
“I am the president of Pearl River County Bar Association. Nova was an excellent lawyer who held many positions of trust and responsibility in the both community and Bar, including attorney for the Pearl River County Board of Supervisors. He was respected by all members of the Bar and was an active member of his church,” said, former DA and local attorney, Buddy McDonald.
“For the first 12 years of my being a county supervisor, Nova was our board attorney. I have never met a more decent, humble, Christian man in my life. He was not my idea of an attorney. Those were not the traits I found in him. He was a nice, gentle soul, who strove to do what was right. He cared about people and this county. I found it pleasurable to know him and work with him. There were times I felt he did not get paid enough for all the work that he did,” said Supervisor Anthony Hales.
His wife, Linda Carroll said, “He and I truly had a love affair that lasted our entire lives. We met when I was 16 and he was 19. He told me that if we counted the years we dated we actually had 50 years together. That made me so happy, because as much as he loved us, he loved the Lord more.”
Carroll was a member in multiple Baptist churches for most of his adult life, serving as a deacon since 1985 and as a Sunday School teacher since 1979. He served on multiple mission trips and was a leader on various committees in his church.
“He served every church he ever went to and did their legal work for them. He was just a humble man with a big heart,” said Linda Carroll.
“He was a very nice, helpful gentleman in the true sense of the word. He was just an awesome man who loved God; it was very evident,” said Steve and Ann McDonald.
He is survived by: his wife of 47 years, Linda C. (Williams) Carroll; his daughter, Lisa Carroll Huther (Michael) of Grand Forks, N.D.; his son, the Rev. Nova Nathan Carroll, (Paula Hunt) of Madison; and four grandchildren, Alexander Huther, Nova Josiah Carroll, Micah Carroll, and Abigail Carroll. He is survived by: his two sisters, Gloria Jean (C.L.) Hennes of Carriere, and Scheryl (Wayne) Ng of Ridgeland; and one brother, Earl (Wilma) Carroll of Carriere. He is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces.
The funeral is under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home. Visitation is Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at McDonald Funeral Home. Viewing at West Union Baptist Church, Thursday from 9-10 a.m. with funeral service at 10 a.m.
Interment to follow at White Chapel Church Cemetery in Carriere.