Johnnie Junior Carpenter

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Johnnie Junior Carpenter

Johnnie Junior Carpenter, 81, of Marmaduke, passed away Monday, January 18, 2016. He was born, July 9, 1934, at Liberty Hill, Ark., to the late Johnny P. and Lura Carpenter. Johnnie was a member of Rector First General Baptist Church for 25 years. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved watching his grandchildren play ball. Johnnie drove a dragster at George Ray's Drag Strip and he loved stock car racing. He also enjoyed all the time spent with his coffee shop buddies.

Johnnie was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Imogene, Lorine and Ila.

Survivors include his wife, Viola Carpenter, of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Gina Carpenter, of Paragould; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Robert Penny, of Branson, Mo.; a sister, Georgia Yost; grandchildren, Ryan and Emily Carpenter, Amber Penny, Nikki and Jason Smith, Kyle and Amber Penny and 10 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, at the First General Baptist Church in Rector. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan.22, at the First General Baptist Church in Rector with Kenny Burns and Marston Carpenter officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery at Greenway, Ark.

Pallbearers will be Randy Rogers, Jeff Smart, Jim Mabrey, Mike Dowdy, Steven DeMent, and Ron Benson. Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Featherston, Lowell McKenney, Charlie Manchester, Jr. Cavaness, Bobby Tracer, Bill Martin, R.V. Wesley and Terry Wyatt.

Those who wish may visit www.phillipsfuneral.org to send online condolences.