In Loving Memory

Gene Paul Carroll, Sr. d. Jan. 26, 2018



In Loving Memory

 April 12, 1953 – January 26, 2018


Fairhope, AL

Gene Paul “Toodlum” Carroll, Sr., 64, of Fairhope, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family, January 26, 2018.  Paul was a lifelong resident of Fairhope, a graduate of Fairhope High School and Faulkner State, where he played baseball. He loved sports, playing softball, running 10k’s, and coaching soccer and softball.  He was a lover of Alabama football, fishing and flying with anyone to anywhere. Paul worked for Thomas Roofing as a project manager for almost 40 years and was a member of 3Circle Church South.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle and Dad to his furbabies, Cookie, Ozzy, Lucy Lou, Peanut and Sundae.  Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Albert and Willa and by a sister, Lorelei Foster.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Rayborn Carroll; children, Gene Paul Carroll, Jr. (Catelin); Michele Thiel; and Marie (Justin) Roode all of Fairhope. He is also survived by his step-children, Tim (Cassie) Barre’ of Marrero, LA; Tiffany (Andy) Rezner and Terron (Jennifer) Parsons; brother, Whitney (Lisa) Cadwell; sisters, Mellessi (Michael) Antinarella and Gay (Mark) Davis; parents-in-law, Thomas “Bud” and Evon Rayborn, Sr. all of Fairhope.  Paul has 13 grandchildren, Carson, Nathan, Katie, Grace, Isabella, Caleigh, Nolan, Audrey, Elijah, Ava, Abigail, Zooey and Clayton; god-daughter, Kaylin Rayborn and nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 3Circle Church North, Hwy 64, Daphne, from 1pm until the funeral at 2pm.  Pastor Chris Bell will officiate. Pallbearers will be Bryan Rayborn, Michael Antinarella, Mark Davis, Del Venable, Kenny Crow, Kevin Ward, Tim Manuel, Walter Venable, Jr. and Tommy Rayborn (honorary). Interment will follow in Belforest Community Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers (per Paul’s request) PLEASE make donations in his memory to Pilots for Christ, P. O. Box 707, Monroeville, AL 36461. Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, Daphne, AL.





  1. Diane Beall

    I am so sorry and saddened to hear Gene Paul. He was truly a great classmate from the Fairhope Class of 71. “Toodlam” was always so friendly, kind, and respectful to all. Now he is sharing his happy and contagious smile in Heaven! Will be keeping his family in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Peter & Cindy Manuel( Tim Daniel's dad and mom)

    To Paul’s family may the Lord wrap you all in his arms and guide you thru the coming days.

  3. Linda Turbiville Warren and family

    We were so sorry to hear of Paul’s (Toodlum’s) passing. He was a favorite cousin and my brother, sister and I surely have some happy memories spent with him and his family in Fairhope in the summertime. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. We know how much he will be missed by both friends and family.

  4. James Urbanek

    I am personally offering my condolences to Sharon “Rayborn” Carroll…Paul has reach his final resting place and is now free of pains, heartaches, and worries of this life. May GOD give you and yours the needed strength to move on! His new caretaker is JESUS! Therefore, thank you, Sharon…for your love for Paul did all that love could possibly do! Heaven NOW holds Paul in the comforting hands of JESUS and his sweet angels! What a beautiful thought!

  5. Walter & Virginia Venable

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Paul lived life to the fullest. He loved his family and friends and will be missed. He gained his wings and is now pain free!

  6. Cary and Margaret Parish

    I am so sorry to learn of Gene Paul passing/ My Dad and I coached in Little League when he was playing .My brother Kermit played with him and was in class of 71. my Prayers are with his family.

  7. Williams Family

    Condolences to the Carroll family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, “heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.” May God bring you comfort and peace.


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