Roy Leonard Carpenter, 92, of Brownsville, Texas, born Sept. 10, 1923, in Paragould, Ark., to Irene Juni, nee Edgar, and John Brown Carpenter, died Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Brownsville, Texas, peacefully in his sleep of natural causes.
Roy taught Spanish for 171/2 years. His first few years were with East St. Louis District 189, then 2 years teaching through Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and finished his teaching tenure as a high school Spanish teacher for the Belleville School District 201 at Belleville East, when he retired in 1984. He loved teaching and he loved the Hispanic culture. He moved to Brownsville, Texas in 1986. He was a dedicated Jehovah's Witness and spent his retirement years teaching and preaching his faith. He was a very hard worker and he loved to laugh.
He loved playing the guitar and singing his "special song" with his daughters.
Surviving are his wife, Esther Carpenter of Brownsville, Texas; nine children, who he loved very much, Roger (Sharon), Linda Delap, John, Lynn Favreau, Debra Hill (Dave), Rebecca Seaman (Daryl), Robert (Connie) and Tina Laun (Johannes); 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren, with three more on the way.
He was preceded in death by one older sister (name and date of death unknown), an older brother Carl Carpenter who died in 1989; one daughter, Minnie Darlene Carpenter, who died in 1956 at age 16 months; and one great-grandson, Evan David Allen who died in 2008 at 6 years old.
Services: Roy was cremated per his wishes, in Brownsville, Texas.
A private family memorial will be held on July 2, 2016, in Illinois.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on June 25, 2016