Thomas Wayne Carpenter, 81, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 8, 2018, after a life well lived. Tom was born to Charles ‘Estel’ and Ruby Carpenter on November 23, 1936, in Cedar Grove and grew up in the Kanawha River Valley area, graduating from Montgomery High School in 1955. He then went on to join the U.S. Army and served in the 11th Airborne Division. After his military tour, Tom returned to WV where he met and married the love of his life, Shelvy (Woodson) Carpenter. Both his parents and beloved Wife preceded him in death.
Tom worked for Kaiser Aluminum (now Constellium) in Ravenswood for over 40 years and was a retired U.S. Steelworker.
Tom is survived by his five adoring children, Vickie (Craig) Richards of Poquoson, Va., Connie (Sherry) Carpenter of Parkersburg, Rod (Teresa) Carpenter of Harrisville, Utah, Penny (Mike) Altrichter of Stockbridge, Ga., and Angela (Donald) Heath of Chicago, Ill. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Family and friends will remember Tom for his fearless yet loving approach to life. He believed that the “stairs separated the boys from the men” and always chose the stairs. His interests included physical fitness, where he accomplished feats such as multi-state bike rides (pedaling over 100 miles per day) over a five to seven day period, local 5 and 10k runs, and in his later years, he could be found trekking the WV mountains. He was an accomplished steel guitarist and over his lifetime was a member of several gospel bands. He considered his family his greatest accomplishment and the single most joy of his life.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Friday, January 12, at Montgomery Memorial Park, London, W.Va., in the Chapel/Mausoleum.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.