Remembering Capt. Carrol, a beloved businessman and saltwater fisherman.
With his wife of 57 years, Jane, at his side, Carrol took on life like a whirlwind, a non-stop bundle of energy that enabled him to wear many hats – that of a captain, business owner, landlord, husband, father, brother and grandfather.
Carrol was born Feb. 19, 1937 in Statesville, N.C., and raised his family in Lancaster, where he sold polyester double-knits for Springs Mills, Inc.
In the early 1960s, he purchased a lot on the backwaters of Murrells Inlet, a block off the beach. His wife, son, Gregg, and daughter, “Sam,” soon had a beach cottage to enjoy during summers and weekends.
By the late 1970s, Carrol and family moved permanently to the beach and in 1979 he established Furniture Restrapping, repairing existing hotel and resort outdoor furniture. Known for his big beard and engaging personality, he built the business through plain old hard work and going door-to-door down Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach to earn business, customers, and friends.
Since then, the business has grown and expanded to repair and sell new outdoor furniture as Custom Outdoor Furniture & Restrapping, a full-service patio furniture store in Garden City.
Carrol was a fixture at monthly meetings of the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association, and was named Hospitality Services Member of the Year in 2010.
Carrol developed a great love for saltwater fishing, inside and offshore of Murrells Inlet. From the mid-1970s through the 1990s, Capt. Carrol was a mainstay at local marinas in the inlet and ran charter trips on sport-fishing boats. He specialized in trolling for king and Spanish mackerel, but also ran his share of offshore trolling trips for wahoo, dolphin and tuna.
He may no longer be with us, but his legacy lives on through his family and the business.