Carol F. Wall (1951 - 2014): A graduate of Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University, Carol taught high school English in both public and private schools in Tennessee and Virginia. Her articles and essays centering on family life were popular features in publications such as Southern Living Magazine and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for more than twenty years. An accomplished public speaker, Carol served as Writer-in-Residence for Roanoke County Schools, where high school audiences learned to look forward to her entertaining and engaging presentations. Beginning in 1973, with her first teaching job at East High School in Nashville, TN—Oprah Winfrey’s alma mater—Carol was known for her ability to connect with listeners, sharing her passion for storytelling and eagerly reaching out to include even the most reluctant student. Whether describing the culinary exploits of her husband—a “binge cooker”—or detailing the day her little beagle Rhudy was banished from an exclusive spa for dogs, she brought a trademark wit and liveliness to ordinary subjects.
Her professional life unfolded against the backdrop of a busy household where the Walls’ three children were joined by a teenage foster son and exchange students from Lithuania and Croatia.
Carol was active in the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization which boasts 250,000 members worldwide and provides college scholarships for women. She sang second soprano in an eight-member women’s ensemble at her church.
She is survived by her husband, three grown children, three beautiful granddaughters, and a grandson. She lived in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She died from complications of breast cancer on December 14, 2014, just nine months after Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening, her first book, was published to critical acclaim. In accordance with her wishes, her husband and children have carried on the message of her book, speaking to readers and groups across the country.
Carol Wall received her third cancer diagnosis in 2012, just a few months before Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening was published by Amy Einhorn Books. Wall was too sick to make apperances, and she passed away just nine months after publication.
Since Carol's death, the Wall family, led by her husband Dick, has redoubled their efforts to promote Carol’s work. Her children (Chad, Jennie, and Phil) have spoken to book groups and help with events and social media. Carol's husband of 42 years, Dick, has traveled the country speaking to groups at book stores, festivals, and other venues to help spread Carol's story, and the life-affirming message of her book.
The Wall children say that promoting their mother's book also helps with their grieving and has pulled them closer together, even as distance separates them. Carol Wall may be gone, but her legacy lives on in her work and in her family.
"It's not hard to talk about her," Dick says, "I like to talk about her. I have to talk about her."
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