The Rev. Carpenter died Sunday, May 19, 2013, following a period of declining health.
Born Nov. 29, 1921, in Habersham County, he was the son of the late John and Elsie Flanagan Carpenter. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Bert Carpenter; son, Walter Carpenter; grandson, David Pethel; and brothers, Richard Carpenter and George Carpenter.
The Rev. Carpenter was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II and participated in D-Day plus two. He was a retired Baptist minister, having served at a number of churches in Northeast Georgia, including Rehoboth Baptist Church in Bowman; Southside Baptist Church in Salisbury, N.C.; Rowan Mills Baptist Church in Salisbury, N.C.; Montgomery Memorial Baptist Church in Gainesville; Enon Baptist Church in Lula; Wolf Creek Baptist Church in Lakemont. In addition to being a member of Montgomery Memorial Baptist Church, the Rev. Carpenter served for 26 years at Montgomery Memorial Baptist Church. He was Pastor Emeritus at Montgomery Memorial Baptist Church. The Rev. Carpenter served at both Enon and Wolf Creek Baptist churches after retiring.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Lisa Carpenter of Gainesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Ken White of Oakwood, Jean and Ben Pethel of Gainesville; grandchildren, Tara and Cary Lawler, Haley and Bryan Cagle, Jonathan and Keri Carpenter, Nathan and Kristen White, Allison and Daniel Funk, Ashley and Greg Graham; great-grandchildren, Brecken Lawler, Chase Lawler, Audrey Graham, Brody Graham, Addyson Cagle, Cooper Funk, Avery Cagle; mother-in-law, Frances Abercrombie of Suwanee; sisters, Louise Adams of Demorest, Jane Henson of Sugar Hill; brother, Jimmy Carpenter of Clayton; sister-in-law, Elaine Carpenter of Clayton; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 2914, GA 30503; or to one’s favorite charity.
Those wishing to make online condolences may do so at littledavenport.com.
Little & Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Northeast Georgian
May 22, 2013