Max E. Carroll, age 93, of Brightwood, died early, Wednesday, August 23, 2023, while in the care of Community Hospice, in Sycamore Run Nursing Home at Millersburg.
Born in Midvale, Ohio on January 16, 1930, Max was a son of the late Ralph and Anna Halter Carroll. He was a graduate of the former Midvale High School and served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean War.
Prior to joining the Army, Max met and fell in love with the former Margaret E. Belknap. While on leave, Max, Margaret, and two other Army couples eloped and married in Gary, Indiana on June 26, 1951. Together the couple shared 45 years of marriage and raised three children prior to Margaret’s death on May 24, 1997.
Max provided for his family for many years through his work at the Midvale Coal Mine and remained there until it closed. He later began working and retired from the former Y&O Mine. He was a proud miner who enjoyed being a part of the annual Midvale Miner’s festival having once been named Miner of the Year.
His faith was nurtured at Otterbein United Methodist Church for many years. He later transferred his membership to the First United Methodist Church at New Philadelphia where he could be found many Sunday mornings enjoying a cup of coffee and greeting those who passed by.
Max enjoyed many things in his nine-plus decades of life. When his sons were younger, he enjoyed coaching little league baseball at Roswell. He found joy in caring for his garden and sharing the fruits of his labor with friends and family. He also shared many memories and countless breakfast meetings with lifelong friends at Dee’s Restaurant and Michael’s Restaurant. In retirement, Max took up restoration and re-caning of antique chairs.
The last several years of Max’s life were shared with a special friend, Helen Harris. Helen opened Max to a new world of adventure as they enjoyed attending the Philharmonic, concerts at Tuscora Park, dinners and events at Atwood Yacht Club, and the company of many friends and each other.
Surviving are his children, Mike (Kim) Carroll of Lexington, Kentucky, Marcy (Steve) Bailey of Cleveland Heights, and Mark (Stephanie) Carroll of Gnadenhutten; eight grandchildren, Katie (Ben) Dehner, Brad (Melissa) Carroll, Brian (Lauren) Carroll, James (Sarah) Carroll, Liza (Kevin Tsang) Bailey and Emma (Matt) Schwartz, Matthew (Katie) Carroll, and Kelli Carroll, and nine great-grandchildren, Quinn, Claire, Rhys, Savannah, Lilah, Julian, Dominic, Salem, and Elliette.
In addition to his parents and wife, Max was preceded in death by his brother, Preston Carroll, and his special friend, Helen Harris.
A celebration of Max’s life will be led by his son-in-law, Rev. Dr. Steve Bailey on Monday, August 28, 2023, at 11:00 AM in the chapel of the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia. The family will greet guests one hour prior to the service. Members of the New Philadelphia VFW will render military honors at the conclusion of the service. Guests are invited to share in a meal and fellowship in the Geib Family Center following the service. Private burial will take place in the Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia.
Memorial contributions in Max’s name may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, 201 West High Avenue, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.