PALO PINTO – J. M. “Carp” Carpenter 81, passed away on Tuesday Oct. 13, 2009 in Fort Worth. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday Oct. 16, at Lone Camp Baptist Church, with Rev. Steve Lindsey and Rev. Randy Lawrence. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Strawn, Texas.

The family will receive friends for visitation on Thursday October 15th at the Church By The Lake from 6 - 8 p.m.

Carp was born on May 12, 1928 in Grow, Texas to Jolly Marlin Murphy and Sarah Augusta (Bell) Carpenter. He married Genelle Brooks on December 31, 1946 in Roaring Springs, Texas. Carp started his first job for the public as an apprentice welder at the age of 13 in his father’s blacksmith shop in Roaring Springs. He welded a muffler back on an 8 N Ford Tractor; he went on to become a certified pipeline welder and inspector, working all through the United States and overseas. He could fabricate anything in metal. Carp served during World War II in the Army Air Corps. After retiring, they moved to Lake Palo Pinto, where he built boat docks, helped various people in need and was a member of The Church By The Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Dick Carpenter, a sister Murtis Denison and a great-granddaughter Kendal Leigh Simmons.

He is survived by his wife; Nell Carpenter of Lake Palo Pinto, five children; Ronald Carpenter of Dublin, Retha Nance and husband Harry of Dublin, Reba Deming of Fort Worth, Rodney Carpenter and wife Kathie of Stephenville, Randall Carpenter and wife Corey of Weatherford. Six siblings; Lewis Carpenter of Lubbock, Ola Faye Fish of Lubbock, Marie Judd and Betty Mullins both of Arlington, Devonne Dillard of Roaring Springs, and Kay Spiller of Lake Palo Pinto. Nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family request donations be made to Lighthouse Mission Ministry, 6280 FM 913, Stephenville, Texas 76401.

Published October 15, 2009

Stephenville Empire-Tribune