In Memoriam: Rebecca D. Carroll, A Devoted Servant and A Radiant Soul
Rebecca D. Carroll, a vibrant spirit and an unwavering servant of God, passed away on Friday, October 6, 2023, at the age of 54. She was a resident of North Richard Hills, Texas, but her journey began in the scenic town of Summerville, Georgia, where she was born on October 11, 1968. Though her roots were laid in Summerville, she spent her formative years being nurtured in the historic city of Rome, Georgia.
Rebecca was a proud alumnus of Coosa High School, graduating in May of 1987. Not just a student, she was also a melodious member of the Coosa High School marching band, where she brought the flute to life, turning notes into emotions. Her early passion for music reflected the same harmony and rhythm she later brought into people's lives.
Rebecca broadened her horizons at Southeastern Academy in Kissimmee, Florida, where she earned an associate degree in Travel Management. But her true vocation, her calling, was found in the sanctuary of service to God and service to humanity. She joined the mission's department at Mount Paran Church in Atlanta, Georgia, seamlessly merging her skills in planning with her zeal for missionary work. The chapel was her office; the world was her field.
Her mission-driven spirit guided her next to Marilyn Hickey Ministries in Denver, Colorado, a journey that transcended the role of mere employment to become a passion project. There, she continued her heavenly mission of planning missionary trips that spanned continents and broke cultural barriers. Rebecca was an organizer and a modern-day disciple, witnessing miracles unfold before her eyes and leading souls toward spiritual emancipation.
Always adventurous, Rebecca's life was a tapestry woven with threads of different colors and textures, as she moved from Georgia to Colorado, then to California and eventually to Texas. In Texas, she took on the role of Project Manager for Paragon Solutions & Design, applying her exemplary skills to a company specializing in gas station and rest stop designs. Even there, her true mission was never far from the heart; she was a project manager by title but a servant of Christ at the core.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, George Marshal Hackney and Wilda Ruth Hackney, and her uncle, Paul J. Hackney, Jr. Rebecca's light continues to shine through her mother, Ruth Reece, her stepfather, Jerome Reece, her sisters, April (John) Brooks and Theresa (Derrick) Overby, her aunt Naomi J. Blankenship, and her nephew and nieces, Sean R. McLamb, Mary E. Brooks, and Maggie M. Brooks. Her spirit is immortalized through her family, the countless lives she touched, and the friendships she formed.
A devout Christian of the Pentecostal faith, Rebecca lived her days as a tireless servant of Jesus Christ. Her faith was her compass, and it always pointed her towards acts of love, kindness, and compassion.
To celebrate and honor Rebecca’s extraordinary life of boundless love and service, a visitation will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2023, from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM at the Living Waters Church, located at 26 Little Texas Valley Rd. NE, Rome, GA 30165. Officiating the service will be Thomas Edward, who will help us all remember the indelible marks Rebecca left on our hearts and souls.
Written by Theresa Overby, Rebecca’s sister.
Parnick Jennings Good Shepherd Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.