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Carrol Paul Killough, 82, of Charlotte, North Carolina passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The visitation will be held at 1 p.m. and the memorial funeral service and Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at Wade Funeral Home, 201 NW Third Street in Hubbard with Rev. Bob Rainey officiating. Interment will be at Dover Cemetery in Navarro County just off Highway 171 between Hubbard and Coolidge, turn east on HCR 3379. The cemetery is approximately two miles down this road on SW 4080 Road.
Carrol was born as oldest of six children on Sept. 9, 1934, to Carrie Lee Loveless Killough and Paul Haran Killough in Hubbard. He paid his way through college by raising cattle on the family farm. He graduated from Hubbard High School in 1953 and Texas A&M University with a degree in engineering in May 1957. In November 1957, 58 years ago, he married Sybil McMullan in Corsicana, Texas. They moved to France where Carrol served as an officer in the Air Force and then to Duluth, Minnesota where he completed his four years of active military service.
Carrol accepted a position at Caterpillar Tractor Company out of college which was held for him while serving our country before returning to Illinois to resume his work at the Washington Proving Grounds as a research engineer and then moving to the corporate headquarters in quality control.
Carrol remained passionate about farming and was a lifelong collector of farm equipment literature and toy tractors. He proudly refurbished antique full-size tractors and helped others locate quality tractors across the United States. He also served his community with an active snow removal service and was a member of the Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington, Illinois for over 50 years.
In November, 2014, both Carrol and Sybil survived the F4 tornado which wiped out 1,400 homes in Washington, Illinois including totally decimating their home of 52 years. He also went on to fight brain cancer which first emerged in 2014 and built his dream home just one mile away from his home in Washington where he and Sybil resided in 2015 to spring of 2016. He gladly lent his expertise to the church building committee and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity after he retired.
For most of his life Carrol was frequently found with a camera in hand and left his family with over 15,000 photographs documenting a life well-lived as well as instilling a passion for photography and an enjoyment of biking and fishing in future generations. He shared his commitment to Christianity and appreciation of family, faith and integrity with his children and dear friends.
Carrol was pre-deceased by his parents Carrie Lee Loveless Killough and Paul Haran Killough; and sister Melva Joyce Killough Pringle.
Mr. Killough is survived by his wife Sybil, daughter Terry Killough LaFin and her husband Bob of Charlotte, North Carolina, and his son Larry Killough and his wife Karen of Lake in the Hills, Illinois; three brothers, Donald Killough of Mesquite, Glynn Killough and wife Jeanie of Ovilla and Dwain Killough and wife Sarah of Lillian and a sister, Janice Killough Trompler and husband Charles of Malone.
His five grandchildren include: Rachel LaFin Howard living with husband Mike in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Lauren, Haley, Nathan and Sophia Killough of Lake in the Hills, Illinois. Carrol also has four great grandchildren, Britten, Barrett, Mackenzie and Cole Howard in Oklahoma.
Pallbearers will be Larry Killough, Nathan Killough, David Sullins, Glynn Killough, Dwain Killough and Donald Killough.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Lord's Acre, 208 NW 2nd Street, Hubbard, TX 76648.
Please sign the memorial guestbook for Carrol at www.wadefuneralhome.net.
Published on October 21, 2016
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