With great sadness, we announce the passing of Sgt. William Wayne Carpenter, Sr., (Newland, North Carolina), who passed away September 10, 2021, at the age of 69.
Wayne was loved and cherished by many, including his mother, Lucille Carpenter; his children, Wayne Carpenter, Jr. (Rebeca), Crystal Carpenter Rhodes (Jim), Lauren Carpenter White (Jose Pena) and Sara Hess; his grandchildren, Isabella, Maryellie, Kinley, Ty, Reed, Riley, Lorenzo, Joshua, Indeka, and Alize; his sisters, Janet Carpenter Sampson (Bob) and Sammie Carpenter Bostrom (Stan Foster), along with many beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends from near and far.
Wayne was predeceased by his father, Sam Avery Carpenter, his wife, Shelly Carpenter, sister, Patricia Carpenter Hicks, his grandparents, Richard and Vickie Horney, and William and Bertie Carpenter.
Wayne served proudly in the Army 101st Airborne Division, completing two tours in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star along with several other medals.
Visitation was held at Reins Sturdivant Funeral Home in Newland, NC, on Friday, Sept. 17, 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 to 10:45 a.m. Funeral service with military honors detail was held at Reins Sturdivant on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Wayne Dugger officiating, followed by graveside service at Johnson Cemetery, Crossnore, NC.
Those attending the visitation and funeral were asked to wear a face covering.
Wayne was a friend to all. Strangers quickly became friends. His larger-than-life personality was embraced everywhere. Wayne will be deeply missed.
Welcome home, dear brother, Welcome home! ”Absent from the body, Present with the Lord.” II Corinthians 5:8
Donations will be appreciated in Wayne’s honor by the Honor Guard of the Pat Ray Post of the VFW, PO Box 516, Newland NC 28657 or Wayne’s Church, Beech Bottom Mennonite Brethren Church., 255 Whittaker Branch Newland, NC. 28657
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