Arthur Leon “Tyke” Carrol (Karavoulias), Sr.

Arthur Leon “Tyke” Carrol (Karavoulias) Sr., 89, of Maurertown, VA passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014 of natural causes.

Mr. Carrol was born October 19, 1924 in Roxbury, MA.  He was preceded in death by his father,  Leonidas L. Karavoulias, mother, Helen Lempesis Karavoulias and brother Louis L. Carrol.  He was an Army veteran of World War II and served as a member of the Office of Strategic Services with a NATO clearance.  He was the President of the 1942 graduating class at Lynn English High School and received his Masters Degree from Syracuse University in Library and Information Science.  He was the Director of the Engineer School Library in Ft. Belvoir, VA and founded their museum.  He then worked for the Department of Defense in Information Technology in Panama City, FL. He retired  from the Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, as Founder and Director of the Parklawn Health Library (1969-1981), currently known as the National Institutes of Health, US National Library of Medicine.

Tyke loved sports, was a winning baseball coach in his early years, and was a scratch golfer.  He loved his children and grandchildren above all, and his wit and laughter will be sorely missed by everyone he touched.

He is survived by his former spouse, Sarah V. Carrol; five children, Theresa Brown and husband Frank of Roswell, GA, Arthur “Tyke” Carrol Jr. of Maurertown, VA, Helen Carrol of Mt. Jackson, VA, Constance Carrol and Chrissy Warner and husband Chuck of Monrovia, MD; seven grandchildren, Ian Brown and wife Catherine, Allison Brown, Brooke Brown, Amy Greene and husband Michael, Sara Beth Brown, Michael Warner and Deme Warner; two great grandchildren, Cameron Brown and Nathanael Greene; two nephews, Robert Carrol and Clark Carrol; and niece Lisa Carrol.

The family will receive friends Saturday, August 2 from 3-5 p.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock, VA.  Burial with military honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the charity of their choice.

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12 Condolences to Arthur Leon “Tyke” Carrol (Karavoulias), Sr.

  1. Chrissy Warner says:

    I LOVE YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH DADDY! Thank you for being the BEST, MOST LOVING and KINDEST Daddy in the WORLD! We feel so very grateful to have had you in our lives for so long!

    Give YahYah, Papou, and Uncle Lou kisses for me and many to you!

    May you rest in peace always and be a good boy! OPA!

    With more love than you can imagine,
    Your baby daughter, Chrissy XXOO

  2. Constance Carrol says:

    Dad, I learned from watching you to live a life springing with emotional jest twisting into logical wit with such enthusiasm and wisdom. You truly knew how to enjoy life even up until your last day at 190! Unagawa! I love you more than you could every know. S’agapw, Connie xxoo

  3. Leonidas Petrakis says:

    My very dear cousin Tyke,

    I was 16 when I first met you. I had just arrived in the States bearing the scars received in WWII-devasted Greece, barely speaking any English, but awed by the possibilities offered by this great country. I remember our few but significant encounters, impressed by your kindness and interest in my situation, and, inter alia, your laughter and “can do” attitude, an inspiration as I was struggling to make the transition from the old to the new world.

    Thank you!

    Cousin Leon

  4. Mary Biddle Visyak, Orlando, Florida says:

    Great memories of Uncle Tyke.. so glad Courtney, Stephanie & I got to see him in November, he was animated and smiling. I sang to him, he always loved my singing and it was a great visit with Uncle Tyke and the family that day and brought back a lot fun times. Our deepest condolences to Aunt Sarah, Terry, Helen, Tykie, Connie and Chrissy and the family. I am unable to make Dellingers on Saturday but will be at Arlington. Thanks for the memories Uncle Tyke!

  5. Deborah Dubois says:

    Uncle Tyke – your presence was a gift in my life – beyond measure. Thank you. You will be missed. My deepest sympathies to Sarah and all of their children, to Rob, Clark and my dearest Lisa. With much love, Deb

  6. Tyke Jr. says:

    Hey Dad-Thanks for playing catch with me, thanks for coaching me in Little League, Thanks for helping me with my terrible Golf Swing, What a moment it was on the phone with you when Boston finally won the World Series, What a moment it was when you made a Hole in One while in your Foursome included-Me(Your Son), Mikie(Your Grand Son) and Chuck(your Son In Law), What a moment it was when we sat out on the patio at our home in Panama City and looked at the moon in awe as we had just landed on it. What Laughter at our Family Reunions-You sliding down the stair bannister with a wild wig on), Our Fafo Golf tournaments(30 years), Our Family Holidays. Thanks for helping me become the Person I am today.
    Thanks for Being My Best Friend
    I love You and Miss you tremendously.

  7. Patti Marriott says:

    My dearest ,favorite, most special Uncle Tkyie,

    I love you so much and your memories will live with me forever. You saved me from drowning at my young age of four, you always kept “the cousins” in check at family gigs, all the good times when you visited me at diving shows, Miami Dade Co Youth Fair & Sea Aquariem, Easter Sunday brunches with you Helen, and Connie. Golfing times in Florida, you shooting your age at Forest Lake Golf Club and wouldn’t accept a gimmie from a foot cause you had to earn it, visiting me & my husband Steve in Orlando, us coming to Pompano and surprising you with making a bet at your window. So blessed to have you as an Uncle & good friend. Rest in peace, until we meet again. Love you always & never will forget our special times. Lots of love, Patti

  8. Mikey Warner says:


    I sit here with so much to say about so much that we did together and so much that you taught me but difficult for me to say it because it is in past tense now. You were my hero, my idol, my best friend, the person I went to for advice and always got the best perspective, grounded, and humble advice. You put the first golf club in my hand which I will be forever thankful for helping me find one of my true passions in life. You played catch and rundown and basketball with me and all of my neighborhood friends. You were the “cool” grandpa in my neighborhood and when you came into town the whole neighborhood got so excited. You came to my kindergarten class and talked about your life experiences and had my class guess your age. You were probably in your 60s and I think I guessed that you were 24, while others guessed 18, some 30… You were just so incredibly loving to me and my sister deme and all of your grandkids. One of my found eat memories was the “here comes the big one swing.” Deme and I would lay on the floor and you would grab my arms and grandma would grab our arms and swing us 1, 2, 3… AND HERE COMES THE BIG ONE and throw us to what seemed like a mile up in the air onto the family couch! Such a blast and I will forever treasure that tradition. You were such an amazing man, I could only inspire to be a half the man or even a quarter of the man you were and I know I’ll be doing alright. I’m going to miss your great belly laugh. Thank you for shaping me into the man I am today. I will miss you, think about you and love you more then you will ever know. Rest in peace Papou!

  9. Robyn Phillips says:

    I want to send my deepest sympathy to the entire Carrol family. When “Uncle” Tyke lived in FL. near my parents Cathy and Paul, they so enjoyed his visits. He was always so warm, cheerful, full of wisdom, with a great sense of humor and a lot of common sense. I was lucky enough to play golf twice with him. He was the first person I ever broke 100 playing golf with and I also did it the second time. He would not let you cheat and I really admired that. “A whiff counts as a stroke”, he would say. I loved getting his golfing themed Christmas cards too. All of his children are very lucky to have had him as a dad, and if I could have had a second dad I would have chosen Tyke. What a great man!!! At Chrissy’s wedding I remember him dancing to the song “Celebrate Good Times” and every time I hear that song I think of him. He was also so supportive to my mother and me when my dad passed away and that was so kind. I have wonderful memeories of him and on behalf of my brother and I we send our love to all of you.

  10. Magallon Family says:

    When we lose someone we love, it seems that time stands still. Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. I have faith, faith in God that there will be a resurrection where we will see our loved ones once again-Acts 24:15

  11. Christos and Ekaterini Lempesis says:

    Our dear cousin Tyke,
    We were very young when we arrived with our parents to the United States to live, and although we met you and your family from the beginning, unfortunately the long distances between our places of residence made it difficult to be in contact often enough through the years. The family bonds that both your parents and our parents kept with such strength over those years however, made it possible for all of us to feel so close to each other no matter where each of us lived.

    The love that your daughter Connie developed for Greece, and her visits the past twenty years or so, has played an important part in keeping the family bond going strong.

    We express our deepest sympathy to the entire family, and we are certain that they will remember you with love forever,
    we certainly will
    your cousins ,
    Chris and Cathy Lempesis
    with our families

  12. Karen Horwath says:

    I really enjoyed being around Art. He was lots of fun, had a great smile, and I always said he reminded me of my father-in-law. The Shenvalee gang really missed him when he could no longer golf with them. I know my husband Jeff always wanted to golf with Art and Tyke. Until I read his obituary, I didn’t realize that Art, Sr., was also called “Tyke.” Thank you, Art, for allowing me to know you. – Fondly, Karen