Edward Z. Carrell
Edward Z. Carrell
  • January 14, 1923 - March 9, 2017
  • Gadsden, Alabama

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Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 12, 2017 at First United Methodist Church of Gadsden for Edward Z. Carrell, 94, of Gadsden, who passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017. Rev. Ken Casey will officiate. Burial will be at Forrest Cemetery. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services is directing.
Mr. Carrell was born and raised in Birmingham. Ed's late wife, Alice, was in the WAVES during World War II, while he served in the U. S. Navy. He served on the USS Boyd in the Pacific. He later graduated from the University of Alabama School of Business.
Ed was the owner/operator of WGAD from 1958 until his retirement in 2002. His career in broadcasting spanned 50 years. He was a broadcast manager and a sales legend. He covered news, wrote stories, conducted interviews, facilitated remotes and managed a staff of hundreds of employees through the years. Ed impacted the lives of numerous individuals to have a career in sales, broadcasting, management, and beyond.
Mr. Carrell was involved in many civic activities in Gadsden, including being President of The Lions Club. He was very active in his church at First United Methodist Church of Gadsden, where he broadcasted the Sunday Morning service every week.
He loved his wife, Alice, whom he affectionately referred to as "Alice in Wonderland." He also loved his two daughters, Patty and Peggy, his grandchildren, Taylor and Rachel, and his great-grandson, Sloan.
Mr. Carrell was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Alice Campbell Carrell; brothers, Gordon and John; and sisters, Louise and Ruth.
He is survived by his daughters, Patty Carrell (Robin Rollins) and Peggy Carrell McCleskey (Barry); grandchildren, Taylor Morgan (Melissa) and Rachel McCleskey; great-grandson, Sloan Morgan; beloved sister, Betty Crowe of Rainbow City; plus numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be former broadcasters of WGAD.
Honorary pallbearers are Robin Rollins, Barry McCleskey, Taylor Morgan, and Sloan Morgan.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Gadsden.
Special thanks to the loving caregivers of Amedisys Hospice.
The family will receive friends from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
Online condolences may be made at www.collier-butler.com.