In Loving Memory

Carol W. Saltz

November 20, 1946 - March 11, 2022


Mrs. Carol Ann Saltz, longtime resident of Fairhope, passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2022 at the age of 75.

Carol was the daughter of William “Whit” and Mary Jo Whitman. She was also the eldest of four daughters. Carol was born in Reno, Nevada, but then moved to Enterprise, Alabama. After her childhood, Carol moved to Fairhope where she soon met her late husband, Leon Saltz. The two grew a business, a business many parents and grandparents know well, Eastern Shore Early Childhood Center, which was Carol’s everyday life. She watched most of Fairhope’s children gain maturity and knowledge from her wonderful staff, and even through her own hands, as she was the facilities owner, director, and kindergarten and first grade teacher.

Carol also played a huge role in the community alongside her efforts in the childcare industry. Carol devoted her Sundays and Wednesdays to the Trinity Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school and youth groups. She was also on the board of the Fairhope Single Tax, which has constructed some of Fairhope’s greatest landmarks and legacies. Her efforts in this community will be greatly remembered for generations to come by far and many. We love you Mrs. Carol

Carol Saltz is survived by her son, Tatum Saltz; and her grandson, Hayden Saltz.

Written by Hayden Saltz, grandson of Carol Saltz.

The family invites everyone to a special candlelight service to celebrate Carol at 7:00 PM on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 545 S Mobile Street, in Fairhope, AL 36532, with Rev. Matt McCullough officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 26209 Pollard Rd., Daphne, AL, 36526.


  1. Nancy Gammill Sherrer

    One of our high school gals who could always make us laugh. So sorry for your loss.

  2. Sarah Ann McCluskey

    Our hearts are saddened for the loss of a dear friend as Carol Saltz. She and Leon were a great tribute to the community which they loved and served. Prayers and thoughts are with the family during this difficult time. Tony & Ann McCluskey

  3. Heidi Holbein

    Mrs. Carol was one of the biggest factors of why I wanted to go into the field of education, an inspiring woman.

  4. Betty Ray Crabtree

    I knew Leon when we were in high school. He was. Good friend then and has obviously made a large impact on the Fairhope Family.

    As we end our lives, there is nothing better to be said than “he was a good man.”

    Betty Ray

  5. Cheryl Riches

    Please accept my sincere condolences.

  6. James Henderson Stanley

    Great family sorry for your loss. Tatum you and your family are in my prayers.

  7. Katie Jorgensen Bass

    Prayers and thoughts are with the family. She was an amazing woman.

  8. John P. Brandon

    I will miss Mrs. Carol as much as I miss Mr. Leon. They were great people! Mrs. Carol was a caring teacher, friend, and fellow Church member. I pray for Tatum and Hayden during this difficult time.

  9. Ida Phillips

    We mourn the passing of our beloved MsCarol but her heart and spirit live on with us. She was our mother, teacher and friend. She impacted so many people with her love of Family God and teaching. Christmas was her passion as many remember the Christmas house upstairs and of course the Christmas Program. Her brightness will never dim because her spirit is bright and shining through generations of Fairhope children. She not only taught them to read but how to handle life as well. She was always positive”Can’t” was not a word she used “I CAN” if I try was more appropriate. It has been my pleasure to work along side her for many years and my honor to continue her legacy at the Center.

  10. Allyson Thompson

    My daughter went to preschool at Mrs. Carol’s. Her and he husband made us feel very welcome in this community. I loved knowing my child was safe and loved on. Mrs. Carol will be missed. Thank you to this family for serving our community so well.

  11. Karen Wiggins

    Carol Saltz provided the best Day Care for my 3 grandsons as well as Leon did too! They were the best! The younger grandsons still attend . My prayers are with Tatum and Hayden. God bless!

  12. Joanne Brown

    Tatum I know you will miss your Mom but just know how proud she is of you and Hayden for the wonderful care you gave her. Your Mom and Dad were two kind loving people and will be missed by many she will be missed by Singletax board members.Your are in my prayers love y’all Ms. JoJo.

  13. Joyce Henderson

    Praying for your family I was a High School class mate and friend of Carol’s and am so sad !!! May the Lord Bless you and keep you!!! Joyce Henderson

  14. Laura Kelly

    Thank you for all the sweet comments about my sister, Carol. She is surely missed. She jad so much talent and much love to give. She was always a great support to me.

  15. Lynn Odom

    Great memories of Ms. Carol during the time my kids went to daycare. Will be missed.

  16. Nancy Hall Dennis

    At our first year at Judson College, Carol and I were roommates- we were the fun trouble makers. Rest well Carol- you and Leon forever ~

  17. Pam Miller

    My deepest sympathy to the Tatum & the Saltz family.

  18. Fred and Teresa Watkins

    Tatum and Hayden sorry to hear about Carol. I had my children in day care with her and Leon and on the FSTC board with her and she was always a joy to work with. She will truly be missed. Our prayers are with you.

  19. Lucy Harrison Jordan

    Carol was a classmate of mine and a friend! She was a beautiful person inside and out! She constantly made me laugh! You will be missed by many! May you Rest In Peace!

  20. Theresa Yelding

    Prayers are with you and your family at this time and days and months to come.
    Your Mom touched so many lives in Fairhope. Mrs . Carol enjoyed everyday being with her babies. Attending sporting events, She was one special lady and it was truly loved.

  21. Stacy Reckeweg

    Loved Carol and Leon so very much. Carol was a huge positive force for my sons. I credit their love of reading to her. Prayers for her family and staff.
    Stacy Reckeweg & Jim Ketchum

  22. Chris Warner

    Carol Saltz was an educating force. My daughters attend university on academic scholarships. Much of their education began at the Saltz Academy.

    Showing up early to read with the other parents in the mornings reinforced a family effort toward education and learning that worked.

    Carol was a disciplinarian and she loved her work.
    Many of us have benefited from that 💘.

    Godspeed to the family.

  23. Cassie

    Sending healing thoughts and prayers. Two very loved beings❤️🙏🏻❤️

  24. Edith Calloway

    Tatum I’m so sorry to hear about your mom . I know you and Hayden are going to miss her terribly . You two were her life and she loved y’all so much! I’m praying God will give y’all peace to get their this sad time. ❤️❤️❤️

  25. Bill & Stephanie

    We are so sorry for your loss, Tatum. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Laura at this time

  26. Andy & Ellen

    We’re so sorry for your loss. Aunt Carol was a force of nature and a joy to be around. Her love for her family and community were always on display, but never more so than at Christmas. Tatum, we wish we could be there with you to mourn and remember this amazing woman. Please know you and Hayden are in our hearts.

  27. Jeffrey Forrester

    Mrs. Carol was a sweet lady. A blessing. I’ve heard some stories of her life and grateful for her son, grandson, and other family members. My condolences to the family

  28. Carole Weiher

    I remember Carol as a young fun loving high school class mate, but never really knew her as a grown up women who has obviously left behind so many achievements, love and contributions to her family and community. I know she will be missed.

  29. Joshua Daniel McAnnally

    Broken hearted seeing heroes like her no longer here. Prayers with the Saltz family. Thank you for sharing her with the world.

  30. Jill (Jorgensen) Garcia

    Tatum, I am sorry to hear of your loss. I remember Miss Carol (and Mr. Leon) from our kindergarten days. I remember them so fondly.


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