William R. Carpenter

October 24, 1944 ~ October 7, 2021 (age 76)


In loving memory of William Robert Carpenter Sr. who passed away in Corpus Christi, Tx. on. Oct. 7, 2021 due to complications of Dementia and other medical issues. His family was blessed to spend his remaining days by his side.

William is preceded in death by his Father, Harold F. Carpenter and Mother, Mattie Lorraine Thompson Carpenter, brothers, Robert Francis, Richard Lee, Joseph Richard, George Michael, and sister, Margaret Ann .

Bill was married to the love of his life Janice Irene (Carrico) Carpenter for more than 57 yrs., Left to cherish his memory, Bill leaves his dearly loved children, William Robert Carpenter Jr., Michele Leigh Carpenter (Kimberly Diane), and Christine Nichol Carpenter Foote (Craig), his beloved cousin Patricia Thompson Giesecke (Don), his cherished Aunt, Sue Thompson and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was blessed to have 10 grand-children (5 by marriage) and 4 great-grandchildren (many more by marriage).

One of his favorite sayings when family gathered was, "We started all this!" and smiled. Bill enjoyed attending all sporting events and gatherings that supported his kids, grands, and greats.

Bill traveled the world, serving on Destroyers, trained for DASH program on the East Coast which included a Tour to Vietnam. Bill proudly served on the aircraft carrier, USS Constellation and was promoted to "ATC" while deployed. Bill's last duty station was with CNATRA, Corpus Christi, Tx. He was part of the Maintenance Team (Inspection of Aircraft) which at times required traveling. Bill retired from the Navy after 20 years of service.

Retiring from the Navy after 20 yrs., Chief Petty Officer Carpenter worked Contract Maintenance for the T-34 Pilot Training program at NAS Corpus Christi. He remained employed by NAS - Corpus Christi for almost 16 yrs. where he was promoted to Maintenance Supervisor for the last number of yrs. he was employed there. Bill would go on to work for ACME Trucking doing "hot shot" runs into Oil and Gas Fields for several yrs. He ended his employment as a School Bus Driver for Flour Bluff Independent School District. Bill loved seeing the kids everyday and listening to their stories. After retiring, he often expressed how he missed the interaction with the students.

In earlier years, Bill loved fishing and working with his hands, creating things and the leisure activity of reading. He had a wealth of knowledge, especially in History and the Military. He never met a stranger. For Bill, there was no such thing as a short conversation or goodbyes. He will be missed every day; his strength, his smile, his loving ways will remain in our hearts forever. May the Lord bless him and may he be reunited with all his loved ones that went before him.

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