The Picayune Item
Long time Pearl River County attorney, Nova A. Carroll, passed away at 11 p.m., Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, Miss. after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born September 27, 1943, in the Richardson community located outside of Picayune, Mississippi.
He graduated from McNeil High School in 1961 and went on to serve in the United States Air Force from 1962-1966. He later worked as an electronic technician for Sears in Gulfport, Miss. 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. Upon his return to Picayune, he began his legal career with the law firm of Stewart, Burks and Pace and became a partner in 1984, becoming Stewart, Burks, Pace and Carroll. He served one 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.
Mr. Carroll was an active 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 an active leader on various committees in his church. Upon retirement, he moved to Madison, Miss. to be closer to his grandchildren.
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 Reverend 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, Miss., and Scheryl (Wayne) Ng of Ridgeland, Miss.; and one brother, Earl (Wilma) Carroll of Carriere. He is further survived by numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Nova Harold Carroll and Minnie Mildred Carroll; his paternal grandparents, Franklin Eli Carroll and Myrtle DeMaris (James) Carroll; and his maternal grandparents, Columbus Amos Seal and Minnie (Albritton) Seal.
The funeral is under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 9 pm. at McDonald Funeral Home.
Viewing at West Union Baptist Church, Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. with funeral service at 10 a.m.
Interment to follow at White Chapel Church Cemetery in Carriere.
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