Riley Oran Carroll died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on October 1st, 2018 in Pawleys Island, SC at the age of 86.
Riley was born in Asheville, NC to Oran and Edith Carroll. He joined the Navy at 17 where he served on the USS Coral Sea Aircraft Carrier as a Boatswain’s Mate.
After the Navy, Riley attended Asheville-Biltmore College and was a graduate of NC State University where he received BS and MS degrees.
While working his way through school he worked at Bensen Aircraft Co. in Raleigh. He then began teaching at Cary High School and quickly moved into an administrative position in the Wake County School System as Director of Vocational Education. He was also an instructor at NC State, Vocational Director of Georgetown public schools and Wilmington NC public schools.
His many talents included his sense of curiosity and inventiveness. He encouraged students to see their potential to become productive citizens and was instrumental in starting various vocational programs.
For his 50th birthday, Riley fulfilled a lifelong dream of being a pilot followed by 30 years as a flight instructor at Georgetown and Myrtle Beach airports.
In addition, he loved hiking the Appalachian Trail, riding motorcycles and driving through the NC mountains with Marianne in their convertible. He loved mechanics and even built his own street rod. Riley was an avid Atlanta Braves Fan, a Wolfpacker, and NASCAR lover.
Riley is survived by his wife of 42 years, Marianne Carroll of Pawleys Island, his children John Riley Carroll, wife Tonya and Sara Carroll Williams, husband David, all of Pawleys Island, children by marriage Wes Bellamy of Winston Salem, NC and Kym Ward of Lillington, NC. Riley and Marianne had 11 grandchildren: Maxie, Claudia, Grace, Colin, Joshua, Ian, Hannah, Samantha, Coleman, Roxane and Jeff and 1 great grandchild Killian. He was a very loving grandfather.
A Celebration of Life will be held on October 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM at The Abbey at Pawleys Island with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Abbey at Pawleys Island, 46 Gathering Lane, Pawleys Island, SC 28585 or Amedisys Hospice, 391 Seaboard St., Unit 6, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
Condolences may be sent to www.burroughsfh.com. The family would like to thank Marjorie Brown, Lora Castner, Tracey Buchanan, Ellie Hopkins and many others for their dedication and compassion for Riley and family.
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Submitted by nancy ward on Oct 13 2018 11:25:41 AM
I will really miss Riley! He was a wonderful CFI and an easy guy to talk to and learn from. We stopped and talked whenever we met, and got a little caught up. He lived the life he wanted to, and loved it! He and Maryanne are in our Prayers.
Submitted by Bill Otis on Oct 10 2018 02:37:33 PM
So very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Carroll. My prayers and condolences to Mrs. Carroll and the Carroll family.
Submitted by Yolanda Elbert on Oct 9 2018 02:13:40 PM
A great man who lived a great life, my thoughts and prayers are with the family. Jeff a Cox
Submitted by Jeff Cox on Oct 9 2018 11:03:34 AM
Marjorie Brown lit a candle for Riley Oran Carroll
Marjorie Brown lit a candle on Oct 9 2018 10:45:55 AM
Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers as you celebrate the life of your husband, father, grandfather, friend, etc. It was truly a pleasure knowing and working for Riley. God bless you and keep you...
Submitted by Marjorie Brown on Oct 9 2018 10:43:39 AM
Prayers and thoughts go out to the family. Riley and I had a special relationship and it has meant a lot to me through the years. He will be greatly missed by many people.
Submitted by Mike Parker on Oct 9 2018 10:10:21 AM
Riley was a well respected CFI in the Georgetown Airport and a friend of many, myself included and will be missed. My heart is with family and Maryanne (sp)!
Submitted by John Matthews on Oct 8 2018 03:31:43 PM
Riley was my one and only flight instructor since I retired to PawIeys Island. Riley was an incredible teacher. He would modify his teachings to make them applicable to the type of flying you did. His lessons were not caned, they were created to make you a safer pilot. I learned from him whenever I was in his company.
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