He was born Jan. 8, 1949, in Clayton to the late James Fred and Dorothy Pearl Talley Carpenter. He lived the greater part of his life in Rabun County. He was a U.S. Army veteran in the Vietnam War era and worked as a police officer in law enforcement for many years.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Fred Carpenter.
Survivors include: his loving wife, Cathy Carpenter of Cleveland; six sons, Jimmy Lee Carpenter of Cleveland, Randall Carpenter, Josh and Michael Webb of Tiger, Michael Taylor of Cleveland and Nathan Taylor of Toccoa; three daughters, Laura Ann Helms of Loganville, Amanda Lynn Carpenter Renshaw of Toccoa and Samantha Carpenter; his mother, Dorothy Pearl Talley Carpenter of Scaly Mountain, N.C.; two brothers, Lester and Jerry Carpenter, both of Scaly Mountain; five sisters, Jo Anne Mitzlaff of Mississippi, Jane James of Clayton, Maybelle Bryson of Cashiers, N.C., Brenda Carpenter of Clayton and Bobbie Sue Carpenter of Scaly Mountain; seven grandchildren; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with the Rev. Sanford Kimbrell and Harvey Conner officiating. Burial followed at the Watkins Family Cemetery in Scaly Mountain.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.