BELMONT - Robert Rhyne "Bob" Carpenter Jr., 82, passed away March 6, 2013, at Robin Johnson House.
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A native of Gaston County, he was the son of the late Robert Rhyne Carpenter Sr. and Lela Howell Carpenter.
Bob graduated from Cherryville High School where he was active in athletics. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, graduated from Duke University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and retired from Duke Power Company. A long time member of First United Methodist Church, Belmont and a life-long Boy Scout, Bob was asked to start a scouting program at the church in 1957. Still today, Troop #56 continues to make a positive impact on boys' lives in the Belmont area. Bob was a history buff of the Civil War era and an avid gene-alogist. He was a member of both the Gaston and NC Historical Society. Bob was an avid fan of the game of football. He was an accomplished football official, working as a referee with the ACC and NCAA for many years. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Mary Ramseur Carpenter of the home; children, Elizabeth C. Oxford and husband William of Aus-tin, TX, Andrew Lee Carpenter and wife Autumn of Vilas, NC; grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth Oxford and Margaret Anne Oxford; nephew, George Hill, Jr.; nieces, Louise Hill Newton and Katherine Hill Faires. He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Hill.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Belmont with Dr. Chuck Baker officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution in the name of Bob Carpenter to either Piedmont Council, Boy Scouts of America, P.O. Box 1059, Gastonia, NC 28053 or to Gaston Hospice, c/o Robin Johnson House, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054.
Share condolences with the family by visiting www.mcleanfuneral.com and signing the guestbook.
McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Carpenter family.
Published in Gaston Gazette on March 8, 2013