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MAKING A DIFFERENCE MAKING A DIFFERENCE For your health Blazing trails Emily Carroll Faith Holt Navarro County Health Department Scott Funeral Home Emily Thomas Carroll is a native Corsicanan, and during her senior year at Corsicana High School (where she was a varsity cheerleader) she worked at Medical Arts Clinic, and made the decision to pursue nursing as a career. Following high school, Carroll started Navarro College taking nursing prerequisites, then entered the El Centro School of Nurs- ing, graduating in 1983. She continued to work at Medical Arts Clinic in the Ob/Gyn department, and was fortunate to see many babies born, as well as learning a lot about other female surgical procedures. Emily worked briefly for Corsicana State Home in the infirmary as a nurse, and also for a home health agency. But it was in 1988 Carroll finally found her “forever home” as far as career. She started in the WIC (Women, Infant, Children) program at the Corsicana-Navarro County Public Health Department. The program was of- fered part-time in Navarro County and was expanded to a full-time program, which offered education and support to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, as well as their infants and young kids. When Billie Conger retired in 1993, Carroll accepted a position in the health department as Director of Nursing, and has served as Director for 26 years. Growing up in Navarro County, Carroll always had a passion for the community/public health. She feels a strong connection to many people, and is passionate about the care they receive. The Health Department has been blessed by many local foundations, through contributions made to offer services and implement new programs for the uninsured and less fortunate. “Public health nursing also involves controlling the spread of communicable disease in the community,” Car- roll said. “Our agency works with many local partners during disease outbreaks and when any public health issue may arise.” Carroll has spent three decades in public health nursing, and said it’s been a very rewarding career, and worthwhile mission. Emily has been married to Jim Carroll for 34 years. They have two sons, Clay and Cullen, and two grandchildren. She has served in the past on the United Way Board, School Health Advisory Committee, and various other committees. Currently, Emily is serving on the Angels at Home Advisory Committee and the Family & Consumer Health Committee through the local Extension Agency. She is an active member of Northside Baptist Church and sings in the choir. When not working, Emily loves to travel with family and close friends. Faith D. Holt has been many “firsts” — First black certified female Peace Officer of Navarro County, first black female Captain of Navarro County Sheriff ’s Of- fice, and first black fe- male Navarro County Commissioner. The only child of Robert M. and Mable A. Scott (owners of Scott Funeral Home), Faith attended G.W. Jackson High School, graduated from Corsicana High School, and earned hours at Navarro College. She holds Master Certificates as a Licensed Peace Officer, Telecommunications Operator, and Detention Officer. Faith was employed at Bell Helicopter from 1971 to 1983; then went to work for the Navarro County Sheriff ’s Department, until 2005, when she was elected Navarro County Commissioner for Precinct 2. She helped her parents from time to time at the fu- neral home, and managed to raise two daughters, Vernita and Veronica Butler. She also is grandmother to Mandi Brookins-Thomas and great-grandmother to Loriana Thomas and Louis Thomas. Holt retired from Navarro County as Commissioner Dec. 31, 2010, but continued to work part-time for both Navarro County Sheriff ’s Office and the Corsicana Police Department for another five years. She is a member of the Navarro College Board of Trust- ees, Bethel AME Church, Jackson Ex-Students Associa- tion, Purple Passion Red Hat Society Ladies, the Navarro County NAACP, and has been inducted into the Texas Jail Association Hall of Fame. Faith is also a certified Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), meaning she assists abused or neglected children with their journey through the court system. She’s also a Navarro County Historical Commission board member, and secretary of the Navarro County Historical Society. Faith has cared for her aging parents, and her father, Robert M. Scott, passed away Aug. 1, 2018. It was his example Faith followed in all her political aspirations, as Bob Scott was the first black city councilman in Corsicana. She now assists daughter Vernita in running Scott Funeral Home, in addition to caring for her mother and serving on all her boards. E X P LO R E C O R S I C A N A |   C O R S I C A N A DA I LY S U N | J A N - M A R C H 2 0 1 9 29