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James Ercel Carpenter

James Ercel Carpenter

1922 - 2016

James Ercel Carpenter, 93, of Greenup, Kentucky went to be with the Lord on March 18, 2016 at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital surrounded by his family.

Ercel was born October 5, 1922 in Lost Creek, Kentucky a son of the late John and Nannie Bush Carpenter.

He was retired from C&O Railroad where he worked for 35 years as a supervisor.

He served in the United States Army and was a World War II and Battle of Bulge Veteran.

Ercel was a member of Wurtland Missionary Baptist Church. He was a Deacon for 60 years and Chairman of the Deacons at the church. Over the years he has taught Sunday school and was a member of the choir. He was a very active church member.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by

His wife Madene Stephens Carpenter

One son Gary Carpenter

One daughter Donna Gaye Carpenter

One granddaughter Stephanie Carpenter

Two brothers Elmer Carpenter and John Carpenter Jr.

One sister Jane Carpenter Adkins

He is survived by

One son Mike and Donna Carpenter of Wurtland, Kentucky

One Daughter-In-Law Diane Carpenter of Lloyd, Kentucky

Very Special Niece Judy Carpenter of Columbus, Ohio

Two brothers Carl Carpenter of Kitts Hill, Ohio

Alvin Wayne Carpenter of Wurtland, Kentucky

One sister Lucy Harlow of Shalimar, Florida

Five grandchildren Stephen and Lori Carpenter

Chris and Stacy Carpenter

Desi-Rae and Shawn Heighton

Jamie and Brooke Carpenter

Chase Claxon

13 Great - Grandchildren Kinsey, Cameron, Mallory, Avery, Nicholas, Joel, Mary Kate, Jacob, Jaxon, Reese, Braelyn, Bronson, Boston

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Wurtland Missionary Baptist Church in Wurtland, Kentucky by Pastor Clyde Bolling and Bro. Marvin Boggs. Burial will be in the Bellefonte Memorial Garden in Flatwoods, Kentucky. Military Rites will be conducted by Marine Corps League Greenbo Detachment #1345.

Visitation will be from 6:00-9:00 pm on Monday at Reed Funeral Home in Greenup and one hour visitation before the service on Tuesday at the church. Masonic Rites will be conducted at 7:00 pm during the visitation on Monday.

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