Junior Lee Carpenter

Posted at 4:05 PM on Aug 24, 2019

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Deacon Junior Lee Carpenter of 235 North Oakhurst Drive, Salisbury, N.C., 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 Beulah Lou Brown Carpenter. He was married to Catherine Mills Carpenter, who preceded him in death.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was receded in death by two brothers, George Carpenter and John Carpenter; one sister, Zella 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 Church, where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and Minster.

He leaves to cherish the memory of his life, three daughters, Denta (Harold) Harris and Joy (Jerry) Miller, both of Salisbury, and Kimberly (Derek) Kelly of Kannapolis; eight grandchildren, Marcus (Shamere) Carpenter of Charlotte, Michael Jamel Carpenter of Kansas City, Mo., Darious (Kenya) Kelly and Jasmine Miller, both of Salisbury, Keith “K.J.” Sherry of Germany, Charity Kelly of Salisbury, Keshawn Sherrill of Cleveland and Jamyra Miller of Salisbury; two great-grandchildren, Kannon Jeffers and Reign Fulton, both of Salisbury; sisters-in-law, Mary (Sylvester) Huntley and Annie Mills, both of Salisbury, Geraldine Mills and Annie Louise Mills, both of Troutman, and Dorothy Carpenter of Alabama; a brother-in-law, Curtis Mills of Statesville; two friends, Joseph (Dot) Heaggans of Statesville and John (Adaley) Frawley 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 a.m. at Christian Outreach of the Piedmont. Pastor Glenn J. Usry is Pastor, Pastor Robert Wood will officiate and National Mother 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 to 8 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.

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