Carroll Pike

carroll pike
Ray Carroll Pike, 54, of 408 Reems Creek Rd., Weaverville, died on Monday, July 28, 2008, at Memorial Campus Mission Hospitals. Mr. Pike was a native of Buncombe Co., and was a son of the late Harry and Jeanette Ray Pike. He was also preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Ray Tullis. Mr. Pike had worked at Burlington Industries until the closing of the company. He then worked as preventative maintenance manager at Cardinal Health until they closed in December, 2006. Mr. Pike then became a full-time student at AB-Tech. During his time there, he found a passion for helping others. He decided to grow his hair long, and donate it to Locks of Love. Mr. Pike is survived by his wife of 33 years, Joyce Penland Pike; daughters, Kimberly Carlotta Boyd and husband J.J., and Mary Beth Pike, all of Weaverville; great-niece, Sabrina Nicole Treadway, who made her home with the Pike's; sister, Beatrice Tullis, of Morganton; one niece and her husband, two nephews, two grand-dogs, Sadie and Naeko, and one grand-cat, Lucky, all of which he loved dearly. A funeral service for Mr. Pike will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. with the Rev. Wesley Pike officiating. Interment will follow at Flint Hill Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Robert Baxter, Gus Wilson, Chip Penland, Randy Whitson, Russell Davis, and Kevin Gibson. His family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, and at other times will be at the home. Memorials may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018, or to LifeShare of the Carolinas, 5000 D Airport Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28208.

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  1. Joyce, I was so sorry to hear about Carroll. I enjoyed working with the both of you at Burlington years ago. You were both great people to work with. Our prayers go out to you and your family.

    Allen and Jennie Smith

  2. Joyce, So sorry to hear about Carroll. I went to school with him and he spent many nights at our house he and my brother were friends in school. Him and Raymond were always doing something he meant alot to our family. May God give you and the girls strength you need Carroll will live in your hearts forever.

  3. Bea,
    Nothing changes the pain your family feels. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. The next weeks and months in particular will be difficult, but you have many friends who care. As always if there is anything I can do, please let me know.

    A memorial has been made to LifeShare of the Carolinas in your brother’s name.

  4. The girls and myself would like to thank all of our friends and family for everything they have done for us.
    This is the hardest thing I have ever had to go through in my entire life and the girls feel the same way.Our friends have kept us sane. Everyone, even Carroll’s friends that we had never met, were wonderful. And all the kind and loving words that everyone had helped to ease the pain. Carroll was the Dad of all Dad’s There are none better.Our girls are devastated. Carroll was the love of my life.No one could ever fill his shoes. We had so many good memories.He would appreciate each of you so much. As do I. I would also like to thank Groce funeral home for the wonderful job they have done. and especially Charles.He was great. Thank you all again and don’t stop praying for us. Only with God’s help will we make it through this.God Bless you all.

  5. I first meet Carroll at Cardinal Health when I went on a call for Motion Industries. Over the years we had a great time discussing family and racing, and business. Carroll always was so proud of his girls and Joyce. I will miss talking to Carroll and his friendship. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
    Rodney Henderson

  6. Sorry to hear about the death of your hushand and father. He was a well liked man. Both my husband and I worked with him at Burlington and at Cardinal Health. He was a special friend. Our prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.

  7. I cant believe he is gone. Life is just too short to take it for granted. He will be missed. I love you all!!

  8. My condolences to all the family and friends. Carroll will be missed by a great many. He was very likeable and has friends all over the place. I will especially miss all of his fishing and tomato stories.

  9. We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Carroll was a great boss and friend to Larry for many years. Larry respected and thought very highly of Carroll. Even though the plant closed we still thought of Carroll often. He will be missed greatly.

    Larry & Laura Shepherd

  10. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I know he will be missed terribly. In the 14 yrs that I was previeledge to know him I can honestly say that I never knew him to say an unkind word to or about anyone. He was a very special person. You could hear the love he had for his family in how he spoke of them. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. Joyce, Kim, & Mary Beth, I’m so sorry for your loss. I wish there was something I could do to make it all better but I know that will just take time. So for now all I can do is love you all which I do and keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do just let me know. I love you all so much and I’m always here for you all.

  12. I enjoyed working with Carroll at ATI/Cardinal for 13 years. You could tell how proud he was of his family the way he spoke about them. My condolences to his family.

  13. Carroll was a true friend and gentleman. There was not a day went by at Cardinal Health that he did not express his love for his family. It was a privilege to know him. He will be greatly missed.

  14. I worked with caroll at cardinal health for 12 years.He was a nice person and was always there if you needed to talk. My thoughts and prayers are with the faimily.

  15. I have known Carol all my whole life. My dad was one of his best friends and I grew up with both his daughters. He was a great man and will be missed dearly.

  16. Dear Joyce,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. We both know what you must be going through. Things will never be the same for you but just remember all the good times with Carroll. Much love to you and your family.

  17. joyce,kim,and marybeth, i,m so sorry for your loss it was a shock to me.carroll was a good man and we got along good he will be missed by all, if you need me just call we all love you very much.

  18. i just found out,carroll was a very good man i first met him in class at AB tech he always offered a helping hand and people like that are hard to find these days we stayed in touch through e mail he was a great friend to me and to many others may god bless you and help you through this time.

  19. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Carroll. He was one of the all around best guys I have ever known. The world lost a bright star when he left us.

  20. There are no words I could say to even begin to make your hearts feel better. I am so sorry for your loss and wish there was something I could do for all of you. Carroll was a good man and always made me feel welcome in your home. I always felt like part of the family, and on certain occasions he made me feel protected as if nothing could harm me. To MaryBeth I want to say that my heart hurts for you and i cant imagine your pain. But please dont forget that regardless of daily activities, he knew how much you loved him. My prayers are with you all and I am here if you need me for anything at all. I love you

  21. It was joy working with Carroll. He will be missed and remembered for his good nature and willingness to share his knowledge with other. I’m sorry for your lose and will pray for your family to can find comfort that he’s with the lord.

  22. Joyce Penland Pike and family… thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Carroll was a very dear friend and a special person whom I shared a lot of memories with while working at Branson Ultrasonics and socializing with him over the phone.

    May your heart and soul find peace and comfort……
    Doris Espinal

  23. To Joyce, Kim and Mary Beth,
    We were saddened to learn of Carrolls’ death. Our thoughts and
    prayers are with you at this time and in the future.
    With our love,
    Eleanor (Nana) and Jay (Poppi) Plumb

  24. Carroll was the true spirit of committment and dedication to whatever it was he was doing. He loved his work almost as much as he loved his family. I only new Carroll through years of business relationships, but he was always professional and exhibited a high level of integrity. He was always warm and cordial. I was amazed at his spunk to get re-educated in what we thought was half way through his life. My prayers are for peace and comfort to his family that only our Lord can give.

  25. It has been my great pleasure to have known Carrolland worked with him at Cardinal Health. He was a man of great character. I will miss his jokes and our conversations about his garden and which new tomato seeds he was going to try. My prayers to his family for there loss.

  26. I first met Carroll in 2000 as a business contact, vendor to customer relationship at Cardinal Health when I took a new job with Branson Ultrasonics Corporation. We quickly developed a friendship and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with Carroll at Cardinal up until the plant closed. We often talked about our personal lives and Carroll always beamed when he discussed his family, especially all the girls. All of my co-workers at Branson that interacted with Carroll really enjoyed working with him as well. Carroll and I continued to talk about current events and hobbies via email messages after Cardinal closed. I will greatly miss Carroll. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  27. All of his friends in Mexico, will always have the best memories of Carroll, as friend and as colleague,his kindess on sharing his great knowleage and sincere friendship, we feel deeply sorry of his departure, but we are sure that his now in a better place with the lord, our prayers to Carroll and his family.

    from the bottom of my heart

    Jorge Núñez

  28. To Aunt Joyce, Kim, and Marybeth
    I just wanted to say sorry about Uncle Carroll it was a shock to find out. He will be missed by alot of people. People that I work with have been telling me stories about him from when they worked with him. I’ll keep ya’ll in my thoughts and prays. I love ya’ll.

  29. I worked with Carroll at Cardinal Healthcare. He was always happy and loved fun and pratical jokes. He was known as one of the ‘Girls’ He was a great friend.I loved to hear his stories and admired his dedication to his wife and family.He will truely be missed. God bless your family and may he give you peace in this sad time.

  30. To Carroll’s loved family. Our heart goes out to each of you. He would talk about each of you and how proud he was of what you had accomplished.
    Thinking of fun things……
    One thing …he never would tell us his age. And we all tried.
    Everyone gave him a hard time about who he pulled for in racing.
    We all have such good memories of Carroll. I hope each of you family members will take the good times and just enjoy all of them. Write them down as you sit around talking. I know it is hard but try not to look or dwell on the bad ones.
    May God wrap his loving arms around each of you and pull you in really close.

  31. i worked with carroll at burlington industries for five years up until the closing and have passed his home thousands of times being that we both live on reems creek. every time that i would see him would bring back a ton of memories from the burlington days, he was a great guy and the world needs more men like him.

  32. I worked with Carol for a few years at Burlington,He was a great friend and a good man,I will think about him often,and ill miss seeig him,Im sorry for your loss,May God bless you all..Sincerely Mark Davis and family.

  33. I am so very sorry about the loss that the Pike family is experiencing. I worked with Carroll at Cardinal Health for about 7 years. I pray the Lord will give the family strength to make it through this trying time. In talking to Carroll in many conversations, it was quite clear that his wife, daughters, and the little niece were the light of his life and he loved his family very much. My prayers are with all of you on this sad occassion. Laura Gross.

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