Charles Carroll served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was called up for service after settling in Lakeland with his wife, Julia Mack Carroll. He was a teacher in the public school system of Washington D.C. and later became a draftsman for the Department of the Navy. After retiring form federal service, he was hired by the University of Maryland as its first African American personnel officer. He retired from that position after a decade. From 1973 to 1979, he represented Lakeland on the College Park City Council.