Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 18, 2013

Remembering Grayson’s ‘Bicycle Man’

Tim Preston
The Independent

GRAYSON — Tommy Carroll, known to many around town as “The Bicycle Man,” always had an encouraging word for the people of Grayson.

Grayson Mayor George Steele said Carroll was a familiar face around the city, and a friend to young and old alike who made his daily rounds visiting local business owners. He was known to trade bicycles every few years, Steele said, noting his bicycle went everywhere with him.

“He’d push it for a while and he’d ride it for a while,” the mayor said with a familiar chuckle. “He was always around Grayson at the businesses talking to people, and there were many times when I’d see him out in the rain or snow and I’d give him a ride and put his bicycle in the back of my truck.”

Steele said Carroll was the brother of another Grayson mayor, Clifford Carroll, as well as a well-known barber, George Carroll.

“He was one of those special people who will be missed. He always waved and was encouraging and uplifting,” he said. “He was one of those hometown characters. Oh, he was a talker and always encouraging me in my office in the city. He would always remind me if he’d found a pothole he wanted me to fix.”

Ernest T. “Tommy” Carroll, 84, of Grayson, passed away Feb. 10. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East, where burial will follow.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.