Carroll Douglas Stokes

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Carroll Douglas Stokes, 81, of Candler, died on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the CarePartners Solace Center.

A native of Greenville, SC, Carroll was a son of the late Fred Martin, Sr., and Mary Dill Stokes, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Wynona Stokes Crissone; brothers, Carl Theron Stokes and Leon Dill Stokes; and great-grandson, Brennen Hoffman.

Mr. Stokes proudly served his country in the Air Force Reserves. He retired from K-Mart Corporation in 1996 as one of their General Managers. He opened several stores across the United States, including the Tunnel Rd. location in Asheville in 1975. Mr. Stokes was also a member of Pole Creek Baptist Church for 37 years.

He is survived by his wife, Janice Heller Stokes; sons, Anthony Carroll Stokes, Stephen Douglas Stokes, and Jonathan Lee Stokes; daughter-in-law, Jill Anne Stokes; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Anne Hill; and brother, Fred Martin Stokes.

The funeral service for Mr. Stokes will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Pole Creek Baptist Church with Pastor Dennis Thurman officiating. Interment will follow at Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery.

His family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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  1. Dear Stokes Family,
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time of loss. Jay and I thought the world of Carroll and will miss him greatly. May God give you the comfort that comes only from Him during this time.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I know you have had a wonderful and loving family life together. We have all been fortunate to be a part of such a loving family . It is so hard in times like this, but we have to try and celebrate the good times we had together. I love all of you.

  3. Mrs. Stokes and family!
    Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. May special memories comfort you and may God bless you all during this time.
    Thomas and Susan Partain
    and family

  4. Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Carroll. Praying that you find comfort in the arms of your Lord and Savior during this difficult time.

  5. Praying for each of you to feel the comfort of God’s arms wrapped around you at this difficult time.

  6. I worked with Mr. Stokes at Kmart on Tunnel Rd. He was a good man and was wonderful to work for. Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family

  7. It was an honor to know Mr. Stokes, he was one the finest, most dedicated Kmart mangers I had the pleasure meet. Always kind and supportive with an ear that was always open to hear your concerns and a word of advice or encouragement to help you through the day. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, he will be missed here,but his life has just begun. God bless you now and in the days to come.
    Barbara and Terry

  8. Carroll is such a precious man. I am thankful for the honor and privilege of knowing him. We are praying for his beautiful family.

  9. So sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure to work for him for a lot of years. He was a good man and will be greatly missed.

  10. Prayers for the family, a good man will be missed. I had the pleasure to work for him for many years.

  11. Pole Creek is saddened by the passing of Brother Stokes. He is surely with his Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ! God bless his family!

  12. My deepest sympathy to this family. Mr. Stokes was my first manager as assistant manager when I worked for Kmart in Asheville NC at the tunnell road store. He helped me get a loan from the bank to by furniture back in 1983-84. This was my first job after graduating from the University of Georgia. I remember I would make that loan payment before all else because I did not want to disappoint Mr. Stokes. I always appreciated his guidance. I learned a lot working with him. RIP Mr. Stokes and thanks for helping me get started. May God bless this Family.

  13. Janice, I’m so sorry to learn from David of Carroll’s passing. I would be at the funeral but I’m out of town. Rest assured that my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. God bless you all!

  14. So sorry for your lose we have been and will be praying for all of you
    Mary and Jerry Frady

  15. Janice and family. I was so saddened to here of Carroll’s passing. Time goes so fast. I remember the last time I saw him at the Home Depot, several years ago to speak there in the store. We spoke about our old work place, Kmart. I really enjoyed working with him . He always treated with respect.. I use to kid him about leaning on the washers and dryers with the assistants and their inventory books. After quitting and returning a couple months later, he promoted me appliance manager. Over the years we had a lot of conversations of various topics which many included , church, becoming a Christian and living for God.. He will truly be missed. I know he is celebrating with Jesus and those gone before us. You all are in my prayers and I ask God to shower you all with His love comfort and peace.

  16. Janice,

    I meant to let you know I would be there tomorrow, however, I have two doctor appointments. .Hopeful we can talk at a later date.

  17. Jan, we are so sorry for your loss:( Carroll was such a kind man. We are praying for you & your whole family. Please let us know if we can help you with anything.

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