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Bobbie Lee Carpenter, age 90, Joplin, Mo., passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Freeman West Hospital.
Bob was born May 21, 1926, in Sarcoxie, Mo., son of the late Elisha Carpenter and Lola Cunningham Carpenter. He graduated from Neosho High School, and then Joplin Junior College. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, and sang for years with the Watchman Quartet. He worked for Frank Evans Distributing until retiring in 1985.
He married Iwana June Barnes February 7, 1948, in Neosho, she preceded him in death on January 16, 2012.
In addition to his wife, and parents, Bob was preceded in death by a son, Kelly Carpenter, and a brother, Jay Dee Carpenter.
Survivors include a dear friend, Marge Widner; his daughters, Kathy Slaughter and husband, Roy, and Diana Zaccarello, all of Webb City; grandchildren, Michael Slaughter and wife, Amber, of Wylie, Texas, Ronnie Garrett and wife, Valerie, of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Casey Slaughter and Claire, of Elko, Nev.; great-grandchildren, Brennan, Evelyn, Jackson, Payton, Nolan, Dayton, Chloe, and Riley.
Funeral services will be Friday, May 5, at 11 a.m. in Parker, Mortuary Chapel with grandson Michael Slaughter officiating. Interment will follow in Osborne Memorial Cemetery. Those serving as pallbearers include Ronnie Garrett, Casey Slaughter, Brennan Slaughter, Jackson Slaughter, Shawn Zaccarello and Adam Thomas. The family will receive friends at Parker Mortuary on Friday from 10 a.m. until service time.
The family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Ronald McDonald House or the Children's Haven.
Published on May 4, 2017
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