Bill W. Carpenter

Opelika - Bill W. Carpenter, 70, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, October 12, 2013. He was cooking and whistling in his kitchen when he was called home to be with his Lord. Mr. Carpenter was born in Anniston, Alabama on March 25, 1943 to the late James D. Carpenter, and Arlene Johnson Carpenter, who is a resident of Arbor Springs in Opelika, Alabama. Mr. Carpenter was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and had served on the vestry at First United Methodist in Opelika. He was a member of the Community Services Board at First Presbyterian in Auburn. He graduated as an honor student in 1961 from Anniston High School, and received his B.S. in mathematics and chemistry from Auburn University in August of 1970. He worked briefly as a chemist for West Point Pepperell and conducted EPA Studies for Harmon Engineering. He also worked at Ampex from 1966-1996 as Director of the Chem Lab and Quality Control Manager. Mr. Carpenter was a lifetime member of Mensa Society and loved learning. He recently became a member of the Mises Institute of Auburn, and he enjoyed studying economics, history, and religion. He also loved reading, cooking, gardening, and collecting cookbooks. He served on the first steering committee for Alabama Master Gardener Association and served as the first president of the group. Mr. Carpenter did volunteer work at Callaway Gardens, and in the Victory Garden, where he spent many happy hours with friends. Mr. Carpenter leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted mother, Arlene Carpenter, loving wife, Anne Carpenter; sons, Morgan Carpenter (Connie), David Carpenter (Melissa), and Jeff Carpenter (Emily); grandchildren Lauren Carpenter Yost (Donald), Kelcie Carpenter, Scot Carpenter, Seth Carpenter, and Zachary Carpenter; brother Randell Carpenter (Deborah), sister Charlotte Koon (Ronny), and his former wife and the mother of his children, Lynn C. Harrington. The family will receive friends today, October 15, 2013, from 10 a.m. until service time in the Fellowship Hall at Trinity United Methodist Church in Opelika. Memorial service will be held today, October 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary at Trinity United Methodist Church, with the Reverend Earl Ballard officiating. Frederick-Dean Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Funerals & Cremations Since 1900

Published in The Anniston Star on Oct. 15, 2013