Doyle L. Carpenter, 77, of Russellville passed away into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Friday, January 3,, 2020 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System.
Surviving is his wife of 56 years, Elaine (Haun) Carpenter; a son, Greg Carpenter of Morganton, North Carolina and his wife, Teresa, and their two daughters, Peyton and Carly; a son, Tim Carpenter of Whitesburg and his wife, Ginger, and daughter, Amethyst; and several aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
His parents precede him in death.
A loving husband, father and grandfather, Mr. Carpenter was born in Hamblen County, a son of Dallas and Stella (Payne) Carpenter. He married Elaine in 1963.
In his early years, Mr. Carpenter graduated from Whitesburg High School and went to work at Percy Monroe Furniture Factory. He then worked for Daniel’s Construction. He later retired from Shelby Williams after more than 37 years of service. During his tenure at Shelby Williams, he served as chaplain of the Shelby Williams local union along with coaching the first Shelby Williams softball team.
Mr. Carpenter was a lifelong member of Russellville Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for over 53 years, was Sunday School Clerk, and participated on various church committees. In his earlier years, he also played on the church’s first softball team. He was a founding member of East Hamblen County Volunteer Fire Department.
He was a Past Master of Kyle Lodge #422 and was most recently serving as Chaplain; was a 32 Degree KCCH Scottish Rite Mason, and a Kerbela Shriner, where he loved driving children to the Shrine Hospitals and entertaining them as a Shrine Engineer on Elmo the Train. Additionally, he was Past Patron of Whitesburg-Hamblen Chapter of Order of the Eastern Star and an Honorary Kentucky Colonel.
As an avid fan of the University of Tennessee Volunteer sports and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers professional football team, he relished talking all things sports related regarding his two favorite teams. Mr. Carpenter enjoyed clogging and was a member of the Tennessee Foothill Cloggers where he performed for special events throughout the area.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020 at Russellville Baptist Church, 444 Cedar Creek Road, Russellville, TN. A Masonic and traditional service will follow the visitation, with the Rev. Gene Nelson and Rev. Allen Payne officiating. Interment will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020 in Hamblen Memory Gardens & Mausoleum, Morristown, TN.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Russellville Baptist Building Fund, Kyle Masonic Lodge #422 Restoration Fund, or the Shriners Hospitals for Children.’
Arrangements by Allen Funeral Home
Hamblen Healthcare. Arrangements are incomplete, and will be announced later.
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