Stokes Co. historian Bob Carroll dies at 104

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Bob Carroll (Jennifer L. Rotenizer/JOURNAL)

STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — When it came to writing about the history and rural customs of Stokes County, Bob Carroll had a hard time putting his pen down, finishing his last book two years ago at the age of 102.

Carroll died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia, weeks after celebrating his 104th birthday. Funeral arrangements are not complete.

For 27 years, Carroll wrote about Stokes County in his column, Old, Odd and Other Stuff, in the now-defunct Danbury Reporter.

Carroll spent most of his life in Stokes County, moving to Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem when he was 92. He spent many of his days there plunging into scrapbooks and history books about Stokes County, tracing family trees, one of his passions.

“I tell people the only exercise I get is climbing family trees,” Carroll quipped in 2010.

This article was written by Lisa O’donnell and originally appeared in The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read more.