Mr. Whitt Carroll, “Bup” or “Bup -Bup” as he was affectionally called by his family, was born on August 22, 1930 to the late Georgia “Gilchrist” Carroll and Henry C. Carroll in Greenwood, South Carolina. He entered eternal rest on Sunday, March 28, 2021.
Upon coming of age, Whitt left the serene, warm, peaceful Palmetto State for the hustle and bustle of the City of Brotherly Love “Philadelphia” and the City that Never Sleeps “NYC” where he would later enlist into the United States Army as an Army Food Specialist (92G). During those three years, Private First-Class Whitt Carroll would find his passion for two traits that would later prove to be an integral part of his identity… Cooking and Driving. “Bup” would always say “I had the best job in the Army…while those other boys were out there freezing in the woods, I was cooking in kitchen eating all the food I wanted and got to sleep in a warm truck” and he’d say it with his iconic laugh “huhuhuhu”.
After serving his country, and many more adventures and lives, Whitt would eventually make his way back to South Carolina. Understanding the importance of education, he decided to go back to school and would later graduate from The Mighty Mayo High School, before going on to work several jobs within masonry, refrigeration repair, construction, manufacturing, and finally transportation.
He was employed by the James River- Dixie Cup Corporation in Darlington, South Carolina for over 20 years. Starting out in the Plate Plant, an opportunity would later present itself that would change the trajectory of Whitt’s life forever…Long Distance Truck Driving.
With over 10 million highway miles, Whitt would become one of Dixie’s most respected truck drivers. A natural leader, Whitt was often called on to give instruction to younger drivers. He understood that mentorship was about service to his community and his family, and his family was his number one priority.
Outside of work, he pursued his second passion… Cooking. When Whitt was not driving long distances for work or to visit his family, he was blessing his loved ones with his delicious cooking. Everyone knew of “Bup’s” famous BBQ, collard greens, chitterlings, and hot cakes. Whitt would spend hours preparing meals for his family during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Easter. Everything that “Bup” cooked was made with love.
Whitt was joined in marital bliss to the late Ruth Williams Carroll and to this union two children were born: William Stuart Carroll and the late Norileane Carroll Zayas.
Those who shared the joys of life with him and survive to cherish his memories are: two loved sons, Cleveland (Wanda) Spencer of Tallahassee, Florida and William Stuart (Karen) Carroll of Darlington, South Carolina; a half-brother, Henry (Joyce) Carroll of Greenwood, South Carolina; two half-sisters, Margret (Marvin) Bolden of Atlanta, Georgia and Mary Anderson of Greenwood, South Carolina; six loved grandchildren, JT (Sonya) Carroll of Florence, South Carolina, Kila (Chris) Rumph of Chicago, Illinois, William “Stu” Carroll of Darlington, South Carolina, Edward Zayas, Jr. of State College, Pennsylvania, Brandy C. Zayas of New Orleans, Louisiana and Elijah Whitt Carroll of Darlington, South Carolina; his dearest childhood friend, Mr. Will Johnson of Greenwood, South Carolina; his special friends, Mr. James Greene, Jr. of Darlington, South Carolina and Ms. Virginia Harkless of Darlington, South Carolina; and a host of beloved great-grandchildren.
Whitt a husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend will always be remembered.
Please keep the family of Mr. Whitt Carroll in your thoughts and prayers.