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Carole Elaine Tull

September 27, 1948 ~ June 6, 2018 (age 69)

Carole Elaine Braden Tull, Ed.D., age 69, resident of Hoover, AL passed away after a battle with breast cancer on June 6, 2018. Carole was an intelligent, beautiful, and caring woman who had an abundance of Southern grace and charm. She was born on September 27, 1948 in Rome, GA. She attended East Rome High School. As a high school student, she was proud to serve as the Georgia Tri-Hi-Y representative on a European tour. She then attended Berry College in Rome, GA where she was a finalist in the Miss Berry Pageant, won Best Supporting Actress in a college play, and met her husband of 48 years. Upon graduation from Berry College in 1970, Carole’s dedication, strong work ethic, and interest in being a life-long learner shined. At the University of Alabama at Birmingham she earned a Master of Arts in Education, an Education Specialist degree, and ultimately earned a Doctor of Education. Carole was a teacher and school administrator with a servant’s heart who held positions throughout the states of Georgia and Alabama. She retired in 2016 from Bessemer City Schools in Bessemer, AL. She was someone who was not afraid to accept a challenge and taught others the importance of perseverance. She fought cancer six times, starting while she was in her twenties. Her positive attitude, endurance, and determination made all the difference during those difficult times. She was committed to being a positive influence in the lives of others. Carole was well traveled and had a passion for language and writing. She enjoyed reading and had special talents for gardening, flower arranging, sewing, and baking. Carole taught her children and others around her by her example of welcoming and accepting others regardless of their backgrounds or experiences. She often invited people who needed it most to stay at her home or to attend meals with her family. She was a woman of faith and found peace in God. Carole will be lovingly remembered by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, Delos Tull, son and daughter, Bryan Tull and Abbygail Tull Langham, daughter-in-law and son-in-law, Laura Tull and Judd Langham, her grandchildren, Avery Tull, Griffin Tull, Mary Braden Langham, and Alice Grace Langham, her mother, Mary Evelyn Milam Braden, her brother, Robert Franklin Braden, Jr. and her sisters-in-law, Carol Tull Bowdoin, Rosa Mary Tull Womack, and Lise McDonald Braden as well as her aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other friends and family who loved her. Her father, Robert Franklin Braden, Sr., father-in-law, Elmo Tull, mother-in-law, Hazel Smith Tull, and brothers-in-law Dan Bowdoin and Allen Payne preceded her in death. A visitation will be held at 1:00 on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 at Ridout’s Valley Chapel Funeral Home in Homewood, AL, immediately followed by a celebration of Carole’s life at 3:00 at the funeral home’s chapel. A visitation the following day at 2:00 on Sunday, June 10th, 2018 will be held at Oaknoll Chapel Funeral Home in Rome, GA, immediately followed by a graveside service and burial at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens Cemetery at 3:00. Flowers may be sent to Ridout’s Valley Chapel Funeral home, Homewood, AL

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