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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: www.frankandbright.com
Dale, Donna and Deb, Praying for you. Your mom and dad meant a lot to Kaylee and I. Love ya
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
I am so sorry to hear about Gene, sending prayers and comfort to the family
Dale, Donna, Deb and family……my heart goes out to you all. Love to you all…… Gonna miss you and our talks ‘Pop’!
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,
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.🙏🙏
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.
Frank and I will sure miss our friendship with Gene. Our love and prays to the family!!
Donna Jo and all the family-so sorry for your loss.
Condolences to the family. We have some really fun memories of Gene & his time working at the Village...
Gene will be dearly missed. Take great comfort in knowing that he is happy in Heaven with Shirley.
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‼️🥲
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.
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
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Donna & family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Prayers and hugs for comfort to you all.
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. 🙏♥️
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
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 handsome..love Jennifer
I’m so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was an enjoyable person to be around. He always had a smile.
Gene and Shirley were nice neighbors in Flora when our children were young. My sincere sympathy to all family.
So very sorry for your loss. Gene was a a very kind man. He will be missed.
Great man. I’m lucky to have known him.
Keeping all of Gene’s family in my thoughts and prayers.
We love you forever and always until we meet again
We love you forever and always until we meet again
You are in our thoughts and prayers So sorry about Gene He will be truely missed Gene was a great guy
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
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
Donna Jo, praying for comfort and peace for you and your family during this difficult time.
Sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time!
My condolences to the family...
Will miss seeing him sitting on the front porch waving at us. Sending prayers and hugs
Donna Jo: My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time - miss my Daddy every day 🙏💖💞💕
Thinking of the family during this sad time I pray that God will give you comfort and peace
Bessie&I were first cousins,around Gene growing up in Noble,saw Gene every June Ark.family 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.
So sorry for your loss Rod and Collette Franklin
Gene was such a wonderful person! So sorry for your loss!
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