Carroll Spencer Credle, Jr.

December 7, 2009


Carroll S. Credle. Jr. of Windsor died Monday, December 7, 2009, after a brief illness at Inpatient Hospice, Greenville, NC.

He was born in Norfolk, VA on April 9, 1934 to the late, Dr. Carroll S. and Josephine Tekinder Credle.

He served in the military as an M.P. stationed in Germany. His education included attending Colerain Elementary and graduation from Ahoskie High School and Elon College. He received his Masters degree from East Carolina College. His career as an educator began in Randleman, NC following by a tenure at Ahoskie Graded School. He was a public school administrator at Aulander Elementary, Windsor Elementary and Bertie Senior High School. After several years as Assistant Superintendent of Bertie County Public Schools he returned to the classroom at Aulander Elementary. He retired from Southwestern Elementary School.

He had a happy retirement having visited every state of the union on RV trips. His garden was bountiful and his yard was a work of art. His greatest delight was sharing the joys of Christmas with the children of eastern North Carolina.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 52 years Julia Parker Credle, grateful children son Carroll S. Credle, III of Chapel Hill and daughter Marriotte J.’Jamie’ Credle and her husband Raleigh J. Marcell of Savannah GA, and a cherished brother Dr. J. Bernard ‘Bernie’ Credle and wife Shirley Woodley Credle of Beaufort SC, brother-in-law M. Joseph ‘Joe’ Parker and wife Lauretta Dyer Parker of Raleigh , sister-in-law Suzannah Parker Early of Charlotte, Nieces Katherine Parker-Lowe, Lyn Hardway, Woodley Credle, Andrea Early, Nephews Wilber Parker, Joe Credle, Herbert Turner.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, December 11, 2009 at 2:00 PM in the Ashley Memorial Chapel of Garrett-Jones Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Ahoskie Cemetery. Father Bill Long will officiate.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home in Ahoskie.

Memorials may be made to Inpatient Hospice, 920 Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC., 27834.

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Dick Jenkins
14 years ago

Dear Mrs. Credle,

I was so sad to read of Mr. Credle’s passing. I wish I had seen it in time to attend the funeral. Mr. Credle was my teacher, coach and friend from seventh grade on and probably had the greatest impact on my life of anyone. He recognized that I lacked confidence in so many areas and he was always building me up. I don’t think I met anyone before or since who cared as much for his students. There are so many good memories of playing basketball with him at Aulander, having him read a book to a bunch of seventh graders (The Old Man and the Boy), taking a bunch of us guys deep sea fishing and then an all night trek along the outer banks fishing at every pier we came across in the middle of the night. In many ways he was like a second father except he spent more time with me than my real father.

I am looking forward to spending more time with him in Heaven.

May God bless you and your family.

Dick Jenkins

Tricia N. Horne
14 years ago

How ironic that I was just viewing my father’s (Donald Newsome)1953 annual last week and found Carroll Credle’s picture as a senior! Not only was he very involved with sports but was voted “Nicest Boy” and on the Pow Wow staff. My parents both enjoyed working with him at the Ahoskie Graded School. I enjoyed Mr. Credle in 6th grade science class–especially allowing us to watch John Glenn orbit the earth on TV!! I am very sorry to hear of his passing but I am delighted to know that he shared many a happy moment keeping the Christmas belief in Santa Claus alive!

Johnny Davis
14 years ago

To the Credles,

He was such a great man in so many ways. I will never forget the challenge and friendship he gave me during my high school days. He saw potential in me when I could not.

He touched many lives and my mom still talks about his garden, his yard, his wonderful bridge desserts, and his jolly ole elf smile.

Gods blessings on you in this time and the future.

June B. Warren
14 years ago

Most recently recognized better as Chloe, Finn, Baron, Sawyer, Kate and Winton’s Granny, I had the wonderful opportunity tp see some thirty children’s eyes light up as they attended my Grandson, Baron Chamblee’s birthday party and were visited by Santa Claus. My thoughts and prayers go out to each of you in your great loss. But what better condolence than to always remember he left this world at the beginning of a season which he gave so much joy, and from which so much joy has been given to each of us. We thank God for his life and we pray that God will give each of you the strength to get through this difficult time.

With deepest and sincerest sympathy,

June B. Warren

(Chip Warren’s Mom)

Mary Everett
14 years ago

A place is forever etched in my heart for Carroll Credle, a benevolent and gentle friend. My condolences to Mrs. Credle, Carroll, Jamie, and the Credle family.

Wendy (Tayloe) Fox
14 years ago

I was deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Credle’s passing. I am lucky to have had him as a teacher in elementary school. He is one I will never forget. Mr. Credle will be missed.

Evelyn Outlaw
14 years ago

I feel honored to have known Mr. Carroll Credle, Jr., a friend, mentor, and community leader, who has left an indelible mark on the community and schools of Bertie County. You are already missed. I wish to express my deepest sympathy to Mrs. Credle, Carroll, Jamie, and the Credle family.

Ada Cherry-Mahoi
14 years ago

I was saddened to learn of Mr. Credle’s passing. He was a very kind man who genuinely seemed to love his work. He was always kind and fair in his dealings with me. I pray that the family will be strengthened by their many memories of his larger than life personality. God Bless you all.

Kathey Cirillo Kuhnle
14 years ago

Dear Julia, Carroll, and Jamie,

I’m so sorry to hear of cousin Carroll’s passing. He was such a sweet man and devoted to him family and community. I’m so sorry I cannot be there to offer hugs and kisses of support but know that I have a heavy heart and am praying for you all.


Kathey Cirillo Kuhnle and husband Bob

Jeanette White
14 years ago

It is hard to imagine Christmas without Carroll Credle, who is known by many children in our area as the “real Santa”. Carroll devoted his professional life to youth and then gave much of his retirement to bring smiles to more young faces than we could count. When I first heard of his illness, it was so sad to think it came at this time of year, which Carroll loved so much. But as I thought more about the timing, I realized maybe this was part of God’s plan. Mr. Credle has given the gift of joy to children for years. Now he has received the best gift of all because God has given Carroll the gift of eternal life. There is an old saying that “Man makes plans and God smiles.” Maybe this is one of those times when God is smiling and heaven has a new Santa this year.