“You Didn’t Have To Murder Him” – Wife Remembers Lottery Store Owner
November 7, 2012
A family and a community are mourning the loss of local business owner who was gunned down in his lottery store Tuesday afternoon in Davisville.
Thomas “Tommy” Kroll, 74, was found behind the counter of the State Line O’ Yes Lotto on Highway 97 — one of the top Florida Lottery retailers in the entire state.
“These scumbags killed one of the nicest men you could want to meet He would have given you the money. You didn’t have to murder him, Kathy Kroll, his wife of 44-years said early Wednesday morning. Tommy and Kathy were planning on retiring in about six months to spend time together traveling.
“He helped many people out all the time if they were in need,” she said. “He loved his children and he was so proud of his grandson and granddaughter. They now have been stolen of their years with their love and guidance of grandpa.”
The Krolls had owned the lottery store, located in a bright pink building just yards south of the Alabama state line, for about 11 years. He typically worked there most every day.
Years ago, the Krolls also owned Echo Bowling Lanes in Ensley, located on property that was later sold and eventually became home to Walmart. Tommy always had a love of bowling. He was in the bowling hall of fame and was the first bowler in Pensacola to carry a 205 average, Kathy said.
As word of Tommy Kroll’s murder spread Tuesday afternoon, community members shared fond memories of man that would go out of his way to help someone in need like they were a member of his own family.
“Everyone was touched by Tommy,” she said.
“Please keep our family in your prayers,” Kathy said. “My darling husband, I miss you more than I can say…God bless my sleeping Angel.”
Pictured: A K-9 unit searches for a suspect Tuesday afternoon after the murder of a lottery store owner in Davisville. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.