The Rev. Grady L. Carpenter, 91, of Gainesville, Ga., passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013, following a period of declining health.
Born in Habersham County, Ga., on Nov. 29, 1921, he was the son of the late John and Elsie Flanagan Carpenter. The Rev. Carpenter was a veteran
of World War II
, serving in the U.S. Army
, and participating in D-Day plus two. He was a retired Baptist minister, having served at a number of churches in Northeast Georgia, including Rehoboth Baptist Church, Bowman, Ga.; Southside Baptist Church, Salisbury, N.C.; Rowan Mills Baptist Church, Salisbury, N.C.; Montgomery Memorial Baptist Church, Gainesville, Ga.; Enon Baptist Church, Lula, Ga.; Wolf Creek Baptist Church, Lakemont, Ga. In addition to being a member of Montgomery Memorial Baptist Church, the Rev. Carpenter served for 26 years at Montgomery Memorial Baptist Church. He was Pastor Emeritus at Montgomery Memorial Baptist Church. The Rev. Carpenter served at both Enon and Wolf Creek Baptist Churches after retiring.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Bert Carpenter; son, Walter Carpenter; and grandson, David Pethel; brothers, Richard Carpenter and George Carpenter.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Lisa Carpenter, Gainesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Ken White, Oakwood, Jean and Ben Pethel, Gainesville; grandchildren, Tara and Cary Lawler, Haley and Bryan Cagle, Jonathan and Keri Carpenter, Nathan and Kristen White, Allison and Daniel Funk, Ashley and Greg Graham; great-grandchildren, Brecken Lawler, Chase Lawler, Audrey Graham, Brody Graham, Addyson Cagle, Cooper Funk, Avery Cagle; mother-in-law, Frances Abercrombie, Suwanee; sisters, Louise Adams, Demorest; Jane Henson, Sugar Hill; brother, Jimmy Carpenter, Clayton; sister-in-law, Elaine Carpenter, Clayton; and numerous nieces; nephews; and other relatives.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Montgomery Memorial Baptist Church. The Rev. Robert Kersh, the Rev. Mike Taylor and the Rev. Darryl Womack will officiate. Interment will be in Alta Vista Cemetery with full military honors. The family will receive friends at the Little & Davenport Funeral Home on Monday, May 20, 2013, from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m.
Flowers will be accepted, but those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 2914, Gainesville, GA 30503, or one's favorite charity.
Those wishing to make online condolences may do so at www.littledavenport.com.
Little & Davenport Funeral Home, 355 Dawsonville Highway, S.W., Gainesville, GA 30501, is in charge of arrangements.
Little & Davenport, Gainesville