Carroll Dean Ensley ’75 passed away August 6, 2006, at the John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center following a brief battle with cancer. While at Davidson, he excelled in drama and received the Southeast Debate Championship first place award. He received a master’s in psychology from Georgia State University. While earning an additional graduate degree in art and interior design from the prestigious Pratt Institute, New York City, he managed a successful Cajun restaurant.
Following his graduation from Pratt, he developed and owned a progressive interior design business in New York City for eight years. His work included complete renovation and decoration of addresses on Central Park East, Sutton Place and SoHo.
He redesigned the historic area of Edgefield in Nashville, Tenn., restoring ten homes in that well-known city district. For the last twenty years, he maintained an art studio in his home in North Asheville. He assisted in the opening of the Blue Ridge Room of the Grove Park Inn.
He was a longtime member of the Cathedral of All Souls, where he was a member of the adult choir and Cathedral Arts Commission. Additionally, he was a member of the Church of the Advocate, a parish dedicated to serving the homeless, the vulnerable, and the street people of Asheville and Buncombe County.
He was a graduate of the EfM (Education for Ministry), a program of theological education presented by the School of Theology of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. Completion of the program requires four years, during which participants study the Old and New Testaments, church history, liturgy and 20th century theology. He was awarded his diploma shortly before his death.
Survivors include his partner of many years, Dr. Ernest T. Ahl, Jr.; mother, Juanita Edwards Ensley Maddox; brother, Curtis A. Ensley; aunt, Carolyn Fulbright; two nephews; numerous cousins and many friends.