Jun 22nd, 2022

J. Elwood Carroll Memory Book

elwood1The High Point University archive has digitized the college memory book of J. Elwood Carroll. After graduating from High Point College in 1928, Dr. Elwood Carroll became a Methodist minister and later penned a detailed history of the North Carolina Annual Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church. This history provides many details about the early history of High Point College and the struggles to make this new college a reality.

James Elwood Carroll attended High Point College in 1925 and graduated in 1928. During his tenure at the school, he produced a scrapbook/memory book that recounts the many adventures and travel of this successful young man. While at the college he was a member of the Thalean Literary Society and lettered in football – he was known as the fighting minister. He was a member of the Monogram Club, the Ministerial Association, Intercollegiate Debaters, and Iota Tau Kappa.

He was elected senior class president and the yearbook in 1928 noted:

Carroll’s place in H. P. C. is unique. A debater an athlete, a preacher, he is the most versatile man on the campus. He has been a successful intercollegiate debater for three successive years and is outstanding in his literary society world, He was voted the best all round student in his junior year and the most valuable member of the senior class. His ability is also shown by the fact that he plays in the college band and is a member of practically every organization on the campus. In him we find a true Christian friend. His sarcasm is sometimes biting but his big heart has won for him the confidence of everyone. We are proud to have him as president of our class.


Football squad in 1928.

He died in 1994. A local newspaper recounted his accomplishments:

A prominent United Methodist minister, died at his home, Twin Lakes Retirement Center in Burlington Dec. 22, 1994.

elwood3Dr. Carroll, a native of Rockingham County, ably served United Methodist churches throughout Western North Carolina, including Grace and College Place in Greensboro. He served as district superintendent on two occasions and was instrumental in organizing new congregations. He helped establish church camping programs, such as Camp Carrollwood, which was named in his honor. He was also interested in foreign missions and traveled to Cuba and to South America on preaching missions. In addition to being recognized as a leading pastor and church administrator, he was a church historian, receiving both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts (Church History) from Duke University. He authored three books related to the United Methodist Church history. After graduate study at Duke, he undertook post graduate study in Christian Ethics at Yale University. In 1956, his alma mater, High Point University, awarded him a Doctor of Divinity degree.

Dr. Carroll had various interests. He was a member and past president for the Greensboro Kiwanis Club, was an outdoorsman, and a community leader. However, he was especially committed to his family, his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Shoenfelt Carroll; his daughters, Elizabeth Anne Powell of Greenville, and Barbara Jean Carroll of Greensboro; his granddaughters, E. Elizabeth Powell and M. Stephanie Powell of Charlotte, all of whom survive him.

Dr. Carroll once described his philosophy of ministry as desiring:

To make life a little more pleasant for my fellow travelers here on this planet.

-Blog post by David Bryden, Director of Library Services

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