SPRINGVALE - Dr. Carrol Click, 88, died May 1, 2009 at the Newton Center in Sanford, Maine where he had been a resident for two years.
Dr. Click was born June 4, 1920 in Hopkins County, Texas, one of six children of Arthur G. and Minta (Dickinson) Click. He grew up in Mahoney Community, graduating from Sulphur Springs High School. He attended Texas State University for three years before leaving to join the Army Air Corps. Dr. Click was trained as a B-25 pilot and sent to North Africa where he joined the 340th Bomb Group of the 12th Army Air Force. He flew 56 bombing missions over Sicily, Italy and the Balkans. He was awarded several medals and commendations. He became a pilot instructor upon his return from the war zone and later trained as a personal Affairs Officer and attached to the OSI unit. Upon his release from active duty in 1945, he remained in the Air Force reserves, retiring in 1980 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. As a reservist he served as Liaison Officer for the Air Force Academy and spent his active duty conducting aerospace workshops on various college campuses.
Dr. Click married Evelyn Underwood of Carthage, Texas on July 1, 1944. In 1946 he and his wife returned to college at Sul Ross where he earned a BBA degree. He worked as an executive trainee for Sears for one year before joining the faculty of Paris Junior College. In 1953 he earned a MBA degree from Southern Methodist University. He then went on to teach at Panola College and Carthage High School before entering the University of Texas where he earned his counseling and guidance certification. While in Austin, he worked for the Texas Education Agency and authored several sales training manuals for high school and college vocational programs. He later served the TGA as guidance director for a large area of west Texas school systems. Upon earning a Doctor of Psychology degree from Texas Tech University, he became an administrator with the San Angelo School System. He was an innovator of several school programs including developing a model school for emotionally disabled children, a separate school campus for pregnant girls, and the first of several Concho Home for Girls who needed a safe haven in order to continue their education. He chaired the committee that established the first Mental Health and Mental Retardation center in Texas. Dr. Click served as a director for the West Texas Rehabilitation Venter for several years.
Upon retiring in 1981, he and his wife traveled extensively, more to Cherokee Lake near Longview, and built a retirement home. Dr. Click organized a group of volunteers who built a nine-hole golf course that has become one of the great assets of Lake Cherokee. He served as President of the Cherokee Water Board for two terms and was a director of the golf association while still a resident there. Dr. Click and his wife moved to Springvale, Maine in 2007.
A devout Christian all his life, he was an adult Sunday school teacher in Methodist churches wherever he lived.
Dr. Click is survived by his wife of 65 years, Evelyn; two daughters and their husbands, Carol and Rick Forbess of Springvale, Maine and Suzanne and David Lewis of Los Angeles; two granddaughters and their husbands, Rachel and Michael Tyson of Salem, MA and Alison and Drew Patin of Gorham, Maine, and three great grandchildren, Camden Patin, Emerson and Griffin Tyson.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 6th at 10:00 am at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, 580 Main Street, Springvale with Pastor Peter Leon of the Wells Branch Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked the consideration be given to the Newnham Class at First United Methodist Church, 400 N Fredonia St., Longview, TX 75601 in support of their various charitable projects.
Condolences may be expressed at www.blackfuneralhomes.com
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