|William Hardie Carroll was born October 23, 1896 at Old Vernon in Jackson Parish. He was the third child of William Redwine Carroll and Mary Catherine Carroll, residents of this old parish seat town.
Hardie began his schooling in Jackson Parish, but finished high school at Grayson, La. After high school he finished business school and began work with Southwestern Electric Power Co.
On April 17, 1931, he chose his life’s mate and married Lois Walsworth, who was a teacher in the public school. From this date until 1935 he worked in a General Mercantile Store.
When my pathway crossed theirs the first thing that happened was to love them and to be loved by them in a very lovely and gracious way. I knew nothing of his background and it really didn’t matter. In 1946 I had come to Wisner, Louisiana as a farmer and total stranger to this part of the world. Yesterday didn’t matter, but now did, and there to greet me was my pastor and his wife to open their hearts and take me in. Bro. Hardie, as he was affectionately called, was loved by his people and had a warmhearted congregation of which I was to become a part.
After his death I learned of his great desire to become a minister of the Gospel rather late in his life. In 1935 he entered Tehuacana Junior College in Tehuacana, Texas. In 1937 he entered East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce, Texas, finishing in 1939. Unable to afford it and feeling too much of life had gone by, he did not go on to get his theological training but began his pastoral ministry at Grayson, Louisiana.
He was admitted on trial into the Methodist Protestant Church in 1936. In 1938 Bro. Hardie was ordained an Elder and admitted to the Conference in full connection. He retired in 1962 after 25½ years of full-time, loyal, and faithful service to his Lord and to his church, and to his people.
He served his Lord at the churches in Grayson, Wisner, Gordon Avenue in Monroe, Olla, Ringgold, Bernice, and back to Olla. After retirement he served Woodlawn in West Monroe and Walnut Grove for 8 years. It was here that he had the challenge and joy of building the Woodlawn United Methodist Church.
Bro. Hardie was filled to overflowing with Christian Love and understanding and his life, actions, and warm manner were a sermon lived among people. I remember him as one who walked across plowed fields, or up and down the by-ways just to let us know he cared. I remember him in the pulpit or around town being a living witness to the Christian faith and his love for our Lord. I remember Bro. Hardie as one who cared, and his main concern was “who can I help and what can I give.” He helped scores because he gave himself as a minister of the Gospel and as a warm-hearted person.
We thank God for his life--lived among us--and for the help he gave to all of those who knew him for their life’s journey.
Rev. William Hardie Carroll departed this life on July 4, 1972. Funeral services were held July 6, 1972 at the McGuire United Methodist Church with interment in Halsey Cemetery in West Monroe. Officiating were Rev. John Sewell, his pastor, Rev. W. D. Boddie, and Rev. Leon C. Scott.
Bro. Hardie spoke louder with his heart than he did with his mouth.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1973; p. 123 .|