Linnie Carpenter
1930 - 2021
Linnie Carpenter

Our hearts were broken when our mother, our teacher, our friend, Linnie Godfrey Carpenter, left this world on Sunday morning, January 17, after an almost-91-year life of love and ministry to us all. But our spirits were lifted because we knew that she was home, home where she belonged, home with the Father, Son, Holy Spirit whom she adored.

Ms. Linnie, as her church friends call her, was born on May 12, 1930, in Henry County, Alabama, to Hosea Enoch Godfrey and Linnie Blanche Knowles Godfrey. She lived in Henry and Houston Counties her entire life, with the last 70 at her house in Dothan. She was married to her "one and only" Marion Carpenter on August 6, 1949. Her aim in life, she would say, was to help her husband and to raise a family with Christian values. And we would say, "Mission Accomplished." But that was not all she did. In 1952 she and Marion joined the fellowship at Southside Baptist Church, and for the next almost-seventy years, Linnie served her Lord faithfully in missions through WMU, which she said was close to her heart, and in the choir, prayer, and many other ways. Her greatest joy, she said, was teaching Adult Ladies Bible Study Classes on Sunday mornings for almost 50 years. And she spoke of rewarding ministry while driving, in her 60's and 70's, to pick-up patients for the Southern Eye Clinic, bringing them to Dothan for surgery, and taking them home, sometimes working 12-15-hour days. Her ending prayer: "I trust God has been pleased with my efforts and He has been pleased to take them and use them for His Glory." We are confident He has done both.

Our Mother and Granny leaves her legacy with us, her family: Rick (Kay), Sheila Gentle (Derek), Marty (Laura); four grandchildren, Landon (Angela), Logan (Christy), Hannah Attaway (Edwin), Micah Gentle (Kristen); 10 great-grandchildren, DeLaynie, Ella, and Li Attaway; Tynleigh Gentle; Eliana, Levi, Annabelle, Avery Grace, Aiden, and Josephine Carpenter; and nephews Chuck and Chad Shirley.

There will be no family visitation due to Covid-19 protocols, but a service of celebration for ALL will take place at Southside Baptist Church on Saturday, January 23, at 11 am. Everyone is asked to please honor Ms. Linnie and one another by wearing a face-covering during the time in the sanctuary and by proper social distancing. A viewing will be open to all beginning at 10 am in the Sanctuary. A family-only interment service will follow at Memory Hill Cemetery. For those who are unable to attend, the service will be live-streamed on the Southside Baptist Church Facebook page and will be available for replay on the Southside Baptist Church YouTube channel.

Glover Funeral Home of Dothan has been entrusted with the arrangements. (334) 699-3888. Please sign the guestbook online at

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Published by Dothan Eagle on Jan. 22, 2021.
Southside Baptist Church
Celebration of Life
Southside Baptist Church
live-streamed on the Southside Baptist Church Facebook page and will be available for replay on the Southside Baptist Church YouTube channel
Funeral services provided by:
Glover Funeral Home
Sponsored by Glover Funeral Home.
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Oh, I am so sorry about Aunt Linnie. I just saw this this morning. I loved her dearly and to say she was special is an understatement. My prayers are with you all but what a glorious day it must have been in Heaven. Love to you all, Wini
Wini Davidson Fletcher
January 25, 2021
On Sunday mornings at Southside I was blessed to be in Linnie's Sunday School Class as she inspired us with her teaching. I remember she told us that we probably wouldn't recognize her in heaven because God was going to give her a "skinny" body. I loved her dearly.
Julia Harrison
January 25, 2021
Ms. Linnie was an angel and a blessing to all. I was fortunate to have had Ms. Linnie´s Bible teaching and influence in my life. My condolences to her family.
Wanda Whipple Willis
January 24, 2021
One fine lady, she was definitely a roll model for me. If I had to miss church , I would pass the preacher & attend Sunday School , I enjoyed her class that much. Ms Linnie you had been on my mind so much lately, sorry I didn´t try to contact you. The family has my prayers and heart felt love & joy you are experiencing today with our Lord & mr Marion.
Judy Blankenship
January 23, 2021
She was a true saint in so many ways. I loved her and it brings me great joy to know she is in the arms of her Savior. Blessings to all of her family members.
Tonja T Owens
January 22, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Ms. Linnie was one of a kind. She was such a example of Christ, anyone who meet her knew how much she loved her God. She will be missed by all.
Glenda Lewis
January 22, 2021