William Edward Carpenter
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I first met Billy when he was a teenager. Even at that young age I recognized some of the fine personal attributes that were later confirmed as I watched him turn into a youg man. I spent considerable time with the Carpenter family. Billy was a very quiet-spoken young man. He was bright, always well groomed and a pleasure to be around. He seemed to enjoy conversation topics that were much more serioust than someone so young
would be expected to have an interest. I continued to admire him as he entered the work force, dated, and finally got married.
I was pleased that he accepted my homeymoon offer to him of an apartment on Siesta Key beach in Florida for a week.
I think of what might have been in Billy's life and that brightens me. He was intelligent and I believe he would have ultimately been very successful in business and become a fine family man. He already had many close acquaintances and with his personality, though reserved, he would have had many solid life-long friendships. i think he would have had a happy life. He was very much like his father, friendly, quiet and respectful.
Billy, I hope you are at peace. I hope we meet again and perhaps discuss the life after this one.
David Smith, Sarasota, FL
I often thought that if I had a little brother it would please me if he were just like Billy.
I first met you when you were 7 days old and I was 7 years old. Your arrival home brought to a screeching halt an entire week of adventures for Danny and I, sponsored by our dear Aunt Mary, who took us to exciting places like Riverview, the Field Museum and a thrilling boat ride while Mom was in the hospital with you. Yes, they actually kept new mothers in there for a full week even for normal births! Although that week was marvelous, what awaited me upon your apperance in my life was total joy. I loved you deeply from the moment I laid eyes on you. I actually thought that Mom had brought me a new baby doll and I was truly in awe of adorable you! As the years went by, I watched you grow into a handsome, brilliant man with the potential for a glorious future. I continued to love you deeply and wished nothing but the best for you. Alas, as for most of us, things did not quite go as hoped for and your life fell short of its potential. I continued to hold you in high esteem always hoping and praying for a better life for you. The years flew swiftly by and all too soon you have left me behind. I await the day when we are reunited and "we can talk" without pain or sorrow remembering just the good times and there were many. Take good care, dear Billy C. until I can be with you again. Your loving sister, KC.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I met Bill when he visited Chicago on New Year's Eve. The last time I saw Bill was on 1/25/2013 he and a friend picked me up at work and we went out to dinner. I knew Bill only a short time, but I will never forget him and I am honored to have known him. RIP