Carroll Cobble, 82, of Parsons, died early Monday morning, April 14, 2014 at a nursing care facility in Destin, Fla., where he had been cared for the past several months.
He was born Oct. 21, 1931, in Erie, to Cassell and Opal (Cleaver) Cobble. He grew up in Erie and graduated from Erie High School. He attended Parsons Junior College for a brief time and then enlisted in the United States Air Force for four years, serving part of that time in Germany.
After his stint in the military he returned to Parsons Junior College and then continued on to Kansas State College of Pittsburg, where he eventually earned his bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees. He played football throughout his college years and was a member of the 1957 national championship team at Kansas State College of Pittsburg.
Carroll spent many years in education, both teaching and in administration. For several years he taught and coached at Labette County Community High School in Altamont and then briefly at Iola High School. He returned to Parsons Junior College as football coach and then joined the Kansas State Department of Education in Topeka.
For 13 years he served in Pratt as high school principal and later as assistant superintendent of schools. While at Pratt he was selected with several other administrators in Kansas to travel to Russia to observe and evaluate their education system. His education years also included serving as principal at Rose Hill High School and as interim principal at Linwood.
In addition to his education career he was involved with the Guaranteed Mutual Life Insurance Company for a few years.
He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Parsons, where he had served as an elder. He was a past president of the Parsons Chamber of Commerce and had been a member of the Kiwanis Club. He had served as a hospice volunteer. His family was his foremost interest and he especially enjoyed his three sons and their families and activities. He was a well respected man and was greatly loved and appreciated by his family, friends, students and fellow workers.
Carroll and Jackie Richmire were married at the First Presbyterian Church on May 24, 1958. She survives, of the home.
Also surviving are three sons, Jeff, of Mission, Greg and Brad, both of Destin, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Cassy, Carly, Jake, Zach, Kathryn, Sam, Jessica and Nicky Cobble; and a brother, Larry Cobble, Albuquerque, N.M.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Mary, Shirley and June.
Funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, Parsons. The family will receive friends at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home, Parsons, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials are suggested to either the First Presbyterian Church or the Parsons Area Community Foundation. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com