John Francis Carroll, Sr., 93 – Southern Maryland News Net

John Francis Carroll, Sr., 93 of Lexington Park, MD, died peacefully at his home surrounded by family on April 20, 2022. He was one of ten children, born February 22, 1929, to the late Douglas and Grace Tolson Carroll.

He was affectionately nicknamed “Francis” and also known as “Pop Carroll” by his children. He was educated at St. Peter Claver Catholic School. He worked as a custodian for St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD for 30 years, retiring November 1, 1984. After his retirement, Francis went to work for Raley’s Furniture Store, Lexington Park, MD in as goalie and part-time driver for 10 years. He was also groundskeeper of St. Cecilia Catholic Church and St. James Catholic Cemetery for over 20 years.

Francis was united in holy marriage to his high school sweetheart, Annie Cecilia (Somerville) Carroll on December 30, 1950, at St. James Catholic Church, St. Mary’s City, MD. From this union, they had eight children and celebrated more than 71 years of marriage, symbolizing true love, purity, rarity and strength.

Francis was a faithful servant and life member of Saint Cecilia
Catholic Church, where he served as an usher. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Michael’s Council No. 2065, Ridge, MD.

He enjoyed socializing with family and friends, family reunions, shining his cars, and going to Budds Creek Racecourse in his early years.

Francis leaves to cherish his memories, his devoted wife, Annie; five children, David (Vicky), Martin, Joan (Ronnie), Maurice and Christopher, Sr., and his accomplice “Little Dave” 😊 all of Lexington Park, MD; 7 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Sarah Chase of Lexington Park, MD and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; and his goddaughter, Debbie Short.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his two sons, John Francis Carroll, Jr. and Jeffrey Owen Carroll; daughter, Joyce Ann Carroll; grandson, John Francis Carroll, III; three sisters, Lucy Dudley, Virginia Porter, Helen Robinson; and five brothers, Augustus, Charles, Tolbert, Thomas and Paul Carroll.

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