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Gene Carpenter

Sep 25th, 1941 - Dec 24th, 2021

Visitation: 11:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Funeral Ceremony: 1 p.m. Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Interment: Oskaloosa Cemetery



     Alvin Eugene “Gene” Carpenter, age 80, of Clay City, Illinois, passed away Friday afternoon, December 24, 2021, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham.

     He was born September 25, 1941, in Blue Eye, Missouri, the son of Herman Dale and Margaret Bessie (Simpkins) Carpenter.  He was united in marriage to Shirley Jean Stipp on June 5, 1959, and together they shared 58 wedding anniversaries until her death May 29, 2018.

     Few men could wear a cowboy hat and boots as naturally as Gene Carpenter.  Although you were often welcomed by his friendly smile, sometimes the melody of Gene’s whistling was heard before you ever caught sight of him.  During his early days, he worked in the oil fields, and then followed an opportunity to operate heavy equipment.  Working on the backhoe was especially appealing to Gene, and would become a lifelong love, along with raising and tending to livestock and working with horses.  He enjoyed his customary stops for coffee and catching up with friends, as well as joining together with family for gatherings and reunions.  Gene was a member of the Flora Assembly of God Church where he served on the board for many years.  His church family, his faith, and his love for Jesus were all very important to him.

     He is survived by his children: Sonny Dale Carpenter, Donna Jo Carpenter, and Debra Jean (Mark) Phillips, all of Clay City; 4 grandchildren: Crystal (Ryan) Hosselton, Michael (Naomi) Phillips, Misty (Jarrod) Parish, and Carl Carpenter; 9 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; a sister: Mary (Lynn) Clark of Kansas City, MO; a brother: Don (Glenda) Carpenter of Chillicothe, MO; sister-in-law: Joyce Carpenter of Lawson, MO; a brother-in-law: Charlie Atchison of Kansas City, MO; and extended family: Tom and Gina Brooks and family of Clay City.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife: Shirley Jean Carpenter; 2 brothers: E.C. and Zeke Carpenter; a sister: Billie Atchison; and beloved grandson: Jesse Dale Carpenter.

     Funeral services honoring the life of Gene will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora with Pastor Lee Woods and Steve Prather officiating.  Interment will follow in Oskaloosa Cemetery.  Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.  Everyone is encouraged to wear a mask and follow the CDC guidelines.  In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family strongly prefers memorial donations in Gene’s memory be given to Flora Assembly of God Church and these will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:  


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Shelly Allen

December 27th

Dale, Donna and Deb, Praying for you. Your mom and dad meant a lot to Kaylee and I. Love ya

Danny,Brenda Bradham

December 26th

So sorry to hear of Genes passing I know he is in a better place with Shirley and having a good time. May God comfort the family at this sad time he was really good friends of ours

Dana Denise Hosselton

December 27th

I am so sorry to hear about Gene, sending prayers and comfort to the family

Pam O’Dell Young

December 27th

Dale, Donna, Deb and family……my heart goes out to you all. Love to you all…… Gonna miss you and our talks ‘Pop’!

Anna Ferguson

December 27th

Dale,Donna and Deb. So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I sure have a lot of fond memories of everything we use to do with him and Shirley. You all are in my prayers,

Terri Glaspy Evans

December 29th

So sorry for your family's loss. He and our Dad Bernard Glaspy were great friends and I know there is a great reunion going on in heaven with our families. Praying for all of you.🙏🙏

Mike & Deb (Hall) McKinney

December 27th

So sorry for your loss. Gene will be missed. However, please know that he was met at the pearly gates by Shirley, and my mom and dad. They are enjoying a reunion as I speak.

Norine Merrow

December 29th

Frank and I will sure miss our friendship with Gene. Our love and prays to the family!!

Carol & Jerry Wood

December 29th

Donna Jo and all the family-so sorry for your loss.

Mike & Connie Spitzner and family

December 29th

Condolences to the family. We have some really fun memories of Gene & his time working at the Village...

Jamey Tolliver

December 29th

Gene will be dearly missed. Take great comfort in knowing that he is happy in Heaven with Shirley.

Janet and David Steckenrider

December 28th

Our Precious Friend. Gene Carpenter just made life better wherever he was. Heaven is just more beautiful too, with Gene there. We are sure missing our friend already. We love all who Gene loved and whoever loved him‼️🥲

Debbie (Glaspy) Johnson and Yvonne Glaspy

December 28th

So very sorry for your loss! Gene was a wonderful man and a true friend to our family. God has brought him home to his beloved Shirley and so many including my dad who love him. Prayers of comfort in this difficult time.

Peggy Shroyer Leigh

December 28th

Your father was such a sweet and generous man. I'm gonna miss his waves from his porch. Healing prayers to each of you in the many days ahead

Leon & Glenda Sharp

December 28th

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Toni Griffith

December 28th

Donna & family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Prayers and hugs for comfort to you all.

Jill and Kevin Billingsley

December 29th

Dale, Donna and Deb. So very sorry to hear of Gene's passing. Although you all will miss him tremendously, imagine how thrilled he is to be by Shirley's side again. Thoughts n prayers for you all. God bless you as well. 🙏♥️

Michael Naomi & boys

December 29th

Will forever be missed by all but glad your no longer in pain and rejoined by your love in heaven. we love you very much grandpa and will see you on the other side again. we will shed tears together and heal as time passes. our prayers for Deb Donna and Dale and all our family

Smith Jennifer L

December 30th

Deb (love you my dear friend💞)..Donna and Dale..What a wonderful man..I am so sorry for your loss, I'm sure your momma is happy to see him , but my heart aches for you all..RIP Jennifer

Fred Harris

December 31st

I’m so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was an enjoyable person to be around. He always had a smile.

Lucy Burgess

January 4th

Gene and Shirley were nice neighbors in Flora when our children were young. My sincere sympathy to all family.

Sara Frutiger

January 4th

So very sorry for your loss. Gene was a a very kind man. He will be missed.

Dave Tolliver

January 4th

Great man. I’m lucky to have known him.

Tina Golden

January 4th

Keeping all of Gene’s family in my thoughts and prayers.

Richard and Darla Frybueger

January 4th

We love you forever and always until we meet again

Richard and Darla Frybueger

January 4th

We love you forever and always until we meet again

Dixie and Jay Gammon

January 4th

You are in our thoughts and prayers So sorry about Gene He will be truely missed Gene was a great guy

Don and Deb Williams

January 4th

Donna ,Deb and Sonny Dale we are so sorry to hear about your Dad. Gene and Shirley were very special people. Your Mama's little grin and your Dad's full faced smile. So sorry

Lois and Carl Workman

January 4th

so sorry for your loss they were good neighbors when i lived by them just good people all around they will be missed our deepest sympathy

Jane O'Dell

January 5th

Donna Jo, praying for comfort and peace for you and your family during this difficult time.

Don and Debra (Sharp) Nix

January 5th

Sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time!

January 5th

My condolences to the family...

Steve & Misty (Wiegel) Wheeler

January 5th

Will miss seeing him sitting on the front porch waving at us. Sending prayers and hugs

Becky Bonville

January 6th

Donna Jo: My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time - miss my Daddy every day 🙏💖💞💕

Rhonda Myers

January 7th

Thinking of the family during this sad time I pray that God will give you comfort and peace

Sue Williams lyman

January 7th

Bessie&I were first cousins,around Gene growing up in Noble,saw Gene every June reunion .Loved him very much,Gene was a great guy&loved his family.He lived with Uncle Newt Williams, they would visit Blaine Williams&Gene would push me in DAds wooden wheel chair with my dolls.He will be missed,in a better place with Shirley.Sorry for your loss.

Gene Carpenter

January 8th

So sorry for your loss Rod and Collette Franklin

Ronnie and Barb McGrew

January 8th

Gene was such a wonderful person! So sorry for your loss!

Steve Staley

May 31st

You have my deepest condolences. Gene was liked by our family. I knew him when he worked for the city. He was always a great guy and in a good mood. I always waived at him sitting on the porch of his corner home there in CC. My mother was especially grateful to Gene as she was mowing the yard one day when a couple of dogs came and was most likely going to attack her. She held them off with the running mower. Gene happened to be coming by, saw what was happening, slammed on the brakes, got out and grabbed a shovel out of the back of the truck and went after the dogs. They ran away. My mother was exceedingly grateful and told me that story every time his name came up. God bless Gene. RIP



Danny,Brenda Bradham
Larry & Deanna Allison
Sharon David
Dana Denise Hosselton
Kim Dugan
Mike Patridge and Jean Guerrettaz
Pam O’Dell Young
Joyce Harper
John and Deana Devore
Wayne Eastin & Diane Johnson
Jerry "Butch" Erwin
Anna Ferguson
Dave and Linda Thompson
Tony gray
Richard & Marina Bookhout
Don Jane and Darren Delaney
Parvin and Carolyn murbarger
Kevin & Jana Henry
Bruce & Nannette Richards
Ron & Barb Prather
Calvin and Anita Lake
Jim and Brenda Thompson
Loretta Payne
Walt & Doloris Brewer
Larry Frost
Jim Hildebrand
Artdean,Angelia Warren &family
Norman and Shirley Fry Workman
Alan and Sharyn Phillips
Rita Weidner
Mark&Karen Jones
Micheal W. & Kristal G. Engelmeier
Randy and Teresa Bayler
John Spitzner and Mary Hutchens
Mike & Deb McKinney
Jim & Karen Williams
Norm and Brandy Yates
Pam Schnautz and Family
Dianna Jacobs
Hank & Geri Hadders
Danny and Jackie Schnautz
bob and wanda henson
Bill and Susan Rinehart
Kaaren Bangert
Bob and Pam Goodman
Lenny and Marie Henson
Mike and Kathy Kitley
Debbie (Glaspy) Johnson and Yvonne Glaspy
Staff of Tammie Jo’s Meal House
Peggy Shroyer Leigh
Leon & Glenda Sharp
Donald Fry &Sherry Evilsizer
Rod and Janna Doris
Mike and Kathy Kitley
Becky Traub
Tony & Jan Hostettler
Delberta Bowen
Jim and Janice Harmon
Gale & Liz Beard
Leona McDowell
Jim and Janice Harmon
Stan & Kathy Obrecht
Ron and Sharon Wathan
Melody Rice
Carla Hildebrand Colclasure
Don and Ruth Ann Lusk
Dawn Rascher Cazadd
louise hicock
Mike Krutsinger
Joey and Kris Hale
Bryce & Grace Henry
Lowell & Brenda K Showalters
Kim(Bickley) Welty
Mike & Beth Yates
Mike & Connie Spitzner and family
Charlotte Dulaney
Jill and Kevin Billingsley
Michael Naomi &Boys
Jacob, Angelina, Trevin, & Trinity Hemrich
Carl & Paula Patridge
Ruth Ann Weiler
Joslin Robb
Tammy Shroyer
Teresa Yates
Sandy Grubb Karalow
Kelly and Jesse Denton
Darrell & Stacy Smith
Jack Anderson
Larry and Mary Jo Patridge
Steve and Shelley Callaham
Don & Ann Stoecklin
Cindy and Roger Cook
Dale Carpenter
Leslie & Sevn Traub
Micheal schnepper
Kristin and Joey Hale
Sara Frutiger
Cecelia Cardascio
Joel and Holly Denton
Becky and Gary Franklin
Stan &Kathy Obrecht
Tina Golden
Earl & Sherry Phillips
Richard and Darla Frybueger
Danny Cockerell and family
Dixie and Jay Gammon
Mark Dunnigan
Diana & Greg Rutland
Delbert and Debbie Tibbs
Jane O'Dell
Don and Debra (Sharp) Nix
Pat Burt
Colby Hall
Mary Reynolds
Harvey & Sandra Cash
Dick & Linda Wiegel
Jim & Karen Williams
Don and Ruth Ann Lusk
Tom & Connie Greenwood
Ray & Nancy Corry
Bill and Linda Waller
Rebecca Hildebrand
Richard and Vicki Staley
Ronnie and Barb McGrew


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