March 31, 1926 – May 30, 2007 

J.B. Carrington passed away peacefully on May 30, 2007 after a long battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. J.B. Carrington was born to Willie Mae Bailey and Jerome Bessery Carrington on March 31, 1926 in Milford, Texas. He was one of ten children. His father passed away when the family was young and necessitated the four youngest children, including J.B., to be raised at the Corsicana State Home. The “Home” gave J.B. many more brothers and sisters, whom he loved and cherished.

He played sports and coached football at the State Home. J.B joined the U.S. Army in 1944, serving in the Philippines, Japan and throughout the Pacific during World War II. He was honorably discharged with many commendations in 1946. J.B. returned to Corsicana, Texas, to coach the State Home football team and to attend Navarro College. J.B. was a tackle on the 1948-1949 Championship Football Team. His yearbook picture states “This boy never let down in a game.” J.B. applied that same ethic to his faith, marriage, family, friends and work.

Also at Navarro, he was selected as Who’s Who and met Joan Long during chemistry class. Their love grew well beyond chemistry, and they were married in the chapel of the First United Methodist Church in Corsicana on June 10, 1949. J.B. and Joan moved to Nacogdoches, Texas, where he obtained his bachelor of science in history in 1950 and master of education in 1951. Blessed with their first child, Brenda Gail, on May 7, 1950, J.B. continued his coaching career at Diboll High School until 1953. He became head baseball coach and assistant football coach for Allen Military Academy of Bryan. J.B. was promoted to headmaster. Two more children joined the family, Kenneth Craig, on December 10, 1954 and Kristi Kay on October 8, 1964. J.B.’s role as headmaster blessed him with countless “sons” who were cadets at Allen Military Academy, while building lasting relationships with the faculty and staff at Allen.

He and the family moved to Brenham, Texas, in 1972, where he was Dean of Men at Blinn College. J.B. continued his dedication to the growth and development of young people, returning to Bryan to lead the Bryan-College Station campuses as dean. He adored many of the faculty, staff and students at Blinn where he continued to work until his retirement in 1991. But recall he “never let down in a game” and continued to work during retirement until 1996. J.B. was dedicated to faith, family, friends and country. He led by example and always kept God first in his life. He attended First United Methodist Church in Bryan and served as an usher for over fifty years. He loved his church family, especially the men’s bible class. J.B. was a member of numerous service organizations, including Phi Delta Kappa, National Association of Secondary School Principals and Freemasons.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2 at First United Methodist Church of Bryan, with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 1 at Hillier Funeral Home. Burial will follow services at Bryan City Cemetery.

J.B. Carrington is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Joan Long Carrington; children, Brenda and Ken Barnes of Florence, Ken and Judy Carrington of Frisco and Kristi Carrington Palmer of Coppell; grandchildren, Matthew Barnes, Holly Barnes, Clay and Beverly Carrington, Amanda Carrington and Blake Palmer; five great-grandchildren, Maizie, Erin, Ethan, Abigail and Chase; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; his brothers and sisters acquired through marriage, Bobby and Patsy Long, Vance Long, Karen and Clifford Williams, Jenice and Willie Olsen, Linda and John Goodman and Nancy and Fred Grant.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and four sisters.

J.B. Carrington approached life with a deep love and sincere compassion for others, which allowed him to influence, develop and touch countless lives. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, friend and Christian.

In lieu of flowers, please continue his legacy by contributing to the Blinn College J.B. Carrington Endowed Scholarship, 902 College Ave., Brenham, Texas 77833 or to the Society of St. Stephen Fund at First United Methodist Church, 506 E. 28th St., Bryan, Texas.

May the Lord bless and keep you.

[Source: Bryan-College Station (TX) Eagle]

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