James Howard Carpenter
June 21, 1935 ‒ January 31, 2004
MANSFIELD: James Howard Carpenter, 68, of Duke Avenue, Mansfield, died Saturday morning January 31, 2004 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a long illness.
He was born June 21, 1935 in Shorts Creek, Virginia to Claude Swanson and Dorothy Florence (Parnell) Carpenter, and had lived in the Mansfield area most of his life.
Howard worked 33 years as a polisher for Mansfield Plating Company, retiring in 1984.
He was a member of Moose Lodge #341, Mansfield, Lincoln Heights Baptist Church, and the Mansfield YMCA, where he worked-out on average five days a week, dropping 200 pounds in the past two years.
An avid woodworker, Howard enjoyed bluegrass music, and even played guitar. He was learning to relax by fishing, after so many years spent looking after rental properties and working on remodeling projects.
Howard’s primary focus in life was always his family, and he loved them all.
He is survived by his daughter Betty Jean Huff of Huber Heights; two sons and daughters-in-law James and Carrie Carpenter and Robert and Carol Carpenter all of Mansfield; his mother Dorothy Corbin of Mansfield; four grandsons James D. Nelson, Wesley H. Carpenter, Jason C. Carpenter and Andrew L. Carpenter; two step grandchildren James D. Stephens and Tammy A. Stephens; five step great grandchildren James Stephens, Amanda Stephens, Amber Rand, Shawna Rand, and Chelsie Anthony; a brother and sister-in-law Osban Ray and Wanda Carpenter of Bellville; two sisters-in-law Evelyn Carpenter of Lexington, Helen Carpenter of Mansfield; his girlfriend Linda Ison of Mansfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; two brothers Thomas Jackson Carpenter and Swanson Elroy Carpenter, a son-in-law John D. Huff; and a step grandson Allen Kibler, Jr.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 3, 2004 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will follow Wednesday at 11 am. Pastors John Dodds and Walter Norris will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions to the American Lung Association may be made at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com