Family and friends will adorn red and black attire in honor of Willie James McCarroll Sr., 86, as a Celebration of Life in his remembrance at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at First Baptist Church, 225 1st Avenue SW, Ardmore. Interment will follow in Clearview Cemetery. Pastor Emmett Jones will give the eulogy, and Pastor Lawrence Anderson will officiate. Special music will be provided by a Mass Choir, Gerald Lawson and Carmen Moore.

McCarroll was born in the Ran Community of Love County, June 25, 1927, and was called home to forever be with the Lord Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.

A longtime Love County resident, he and his 11 siblings attended Ran School. He proclaimed Jesus as Lord at a young age, and united with Bethel Union Baptist Church, where he became an ordained deacon. He remained dedicated to the Lord and later united with Mount Zion Baptist Church in Marietta where he faithfully attended until ill health prevented. He married the former Lois Hennesy and nine children were born to this union. McCarroll was a hard worker. Places of employment include the Railroad and Palmer Tire Company before he retired from the Quinton Little Properties.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Harvey Atwood McCarroll and Alice Newsome McCarroll; and nine siblings, Vernis McCarroll, William "Bill" McCarroll, Johnnie Greene, June Evelyn Frederick, Cecil McCarroll, Lillian McCarroll, Rosavell McCarroll, Alberta Love and Ruby Talley.

He is survived by nine children, Willie "Junior" McCarroll, Alma Smith, Drucilla "Ann" McCarroll, Garland and his wife, Barbara, Lawrence McCarroll, Craig McCarroll, Sharon and her husband, Danny Anderson, Keith McCarroll and Cecil McCarroll and his wife, Connie; the mother of his children, Lois Hennesy McCarroll; a brother, Clentis McCarroll and his wife, Virginia; a sister, Gloria McCarroll; 25 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

McCarroll's sons will serve as Bearers of the Bier; granddaughters will serve as flower bearers; and Loss Anderson and Eugene Rambo are honorary bearers.

Services are under the care of Kirk Funeral Home where the McCarroll family will receive friends and host a Wake Service 7 to 8 Friday evening in Kirk Chapel.