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.
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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 www.rutledgeandbigham.com Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Carpenter Family.