William Harold Carpenter, age 87, a resident of Clearfield for more than 50 years, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 18, 2019, in St. Joseph, Missouri, while there to attend a family event.
Born June 11, 1932, in Cogswell, Kentucky, in Rowan County, he was the son of the late Jack Carpenter and Cloa Brown Carpenter Hawkins.
He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty years, Wanda June Cogswell Carpenter, who passed away May 10, 2017; a stepson, Bernard Joe Horton, in 2014; and a grandson, Josh Thibault, in 2016.
Harold is survived by three daughters, Cindy Kerns and husband Tim of Morehead, Susan Ebersohl and husband Skyler of Pontiac, Michigan, and Shirley Thibault of Nashville, Tennessee; one stepdaughter, Janet Hogge and husband Don of Morehead; one stepson, Anthony “Tony” Horton of Hillsboro; 9 grandchildren, Wendy Dowler, Jamie Hogge, Aaron Horton, Rebekah Horton, Katlyn Brock, T. J. Mead, Miranda Vandegriff, Allie Kerns, and Adrianna Kerns; 26 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Other survivors include one brother, Jackie Steve Carpenter of Luther, Oklahoma; one sister, Deloris Jeanette Wells of Clearwater, Florida; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Harold served in the U.S. Navy Seabees from 1951-1956 and in the Air Force from 1957-1966 as a Senior Airman 1st Class. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal with 1 Bronze Loop, the Air Force Longevity Service Award with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, and 5 National Defense Service Medals.
Following his military service, Harold worked in construction and coal mining until a career ending work-related accident in the late seventies. Harold enjoyed helping friends and neighbors, traveling almost daily with Wanda June (either in the county or across America), spending time at the beach, and attending MSU basketball games. Harold treasured his time with family and their many adventures through the years. He will be sadly missed and remembered with love.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, August 23, 2019, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel with Mark Poston officiating. Burial will follow in New Alfrey Cemetery with full military honors by Morehead American Legion Post 126.
Pallbearers: Dale Carpenter, David Bentley, Joe Kerns, Nathan Pennington, Jeff Cogswell, and Sonny Kerns.
Visitation is Thursday, August 22, 2019, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, 400 Fraley Drive, Morehead, KY 40351.
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