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Junior Carpenter

Junior Lee Carpenter

Sunday, September 10th, 1933 - Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
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Psalm 139:7; Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on your rise on your wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

Deacon Junior Lee Carpenter, 235 North Oakhurst Drive, Salisbury, NC, passed away at his home on Thursday, August 22, 2019. He was born in Iredell County on September 10, 1933, and was the son of the late Thomas Boyd Carpenter and Vera Lou Brown Carpenter. He was married to Catherine Mills Carpenter, who preceded him in death. In addition to his wife and parents, two brothers, George Carpenter and John Carpenter; one sister, Zora Mae Rankin; three brothers-in-law, Otha Mills, Eugene Mills and Nathaniel Mills and three sisters-in-law, Ada Vern Mills, Annie Mae Mills and Effie Fetterson.
He was a graduate, of Unity High School and was a member of Gray’s Chapel FBH Church where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and Minister.
He leaves to cherish the memory of his life, four daughters, Denita (Harold) Harris of Concord, Joy (Jerry) Miller, both of Salisbury, Kimerely (Derek) Kelly of Lexington and Rhonda (Keith) Sherrill of Cleveland NC; eight grandchildren, Marcus (Shamere) Carpenter of Charlotte, Michael Jamel Carpenter of Kansas City, MO, Derius (Kenya) Kelly and Jasmine Miller, both of Salisbury, Keith “K.J.” Sherrill of Germany, Charity Kelly of Salisbury, Keshun Sherrill of Cleveland and Jamira Miller of Salisbury; two great grandchildren, Kannon Jefferies and Reign Flouton, both of Salisbury; sisters-in-law, Mary (Sylvester) Huntley of Salisbury, Annie Lorraine Mills and Annie Louise Mills, both of Troutman, Geraldine Mills of Concord and Dorothy Carpenter of Alabama; two brother-in-law, Curtis Mills of Statesville and special brother-in-law, Sylvester Huntley of Salisbury; two special friends, Joseph (Dot) Heaggans of Statesville and John (Adelaide) Fraley of Troutman; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, church family and dear friends.
Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Friday, August 30, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Christian Outreach of the Piedmont. Pastor Glenn J. Usry is Pastor, Pastor Robert Wood will officiate and National Mother Rev. Odessa McCoy will eulogize with burial to follow in the Iredell Memorial Park.
Deacon Carpenter will remain at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home until taken to the church to lie in state at 10:30 a.m. Members of the family will receive friends at the Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home on Thursday, August 29, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., but will assemble at the residence, 235 North Oakhurst Drive, Salisbury, at other times.
Visit the Book of Memories for Deacon Carpenter at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Carpenter Family.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 29th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, August 29th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary
    603 South Center Street
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  • Service

    Friday, August 30th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, August 30th, 2019 11:00am
    Christian Outreach of the Piedmont, Inc.
    1424 Rickert Street
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    Pastor Glen J Usry
    Pastor Robert Wood
    National Mother Odessa McCoy
  • Interment

    Friday, August 30th, 2019 |
    Friday, August 30th, 2019
    Iredell Memorial Gardens
    Highway 21 South
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Sheltons (Renee,Derrick,Ashley,Alex, and Devin) sent flowers to the family of Junior Lee Carpenter.
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Mick Shinn

Posted at 01:06pm
I was saddened to read of Junior's passing. I well remember Katherine and Junior visiting my dad's store in Shinnville on a regular basis. They were both pleasant people, and we always thought highly of them and their families. I'm sure everyone who knew them feels the loss. May our Lord be with the Carpenter family during this time of grief.

Robin C.

Posted at 08:17am
Mr. Junior was one of our clients and was one of the sweetest, kindest people that I have ever met. My condolences to his family and friends. Heaven has received a true angel.

God Bless !
Robin (Cline & Company)

Sheltons (Renee,Derrick,Ashley,Alex, and Devin)

Posted at 08:37am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Lots of Love Ms. Denita!
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Posted at 09:35am
Junior was the kindest and most generous of all. We mourn his loss with his lovely daughters and all his family. Junior is now rejoined with his beloved Catherine and heaven is joyful.
John and Adelaide

Joy Miller Posted at 11:37am

Thanks Ms. Adelaide! You and Mr. John too care of our daddy!! We are grateful!!!

Evora Glaspy

Posted at 08:02am
My prayers are with you all. I loved me some Mr. June. I will miss that laugh, that smile and that glow of sunshine every time I saw him.

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