J.C. "Jay" Carpenter, of Joplin, Mo., passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on his birthday, December 22, 2017. He was 79.
Mr. Carpenter was born on December 22, 1938, in Miller, Mo., to his parents, Jewell and Golden Carpenter. He attended Carthage and Miller, Mo., schools.
He married the love of his life, Loretta Coleman, on May 19, 1959. She survives of the home.
Jay owned and operated Jay's Auto Repair for 18 years. He later worked for Northern Pipeline and retired in 1998.
Jay was a loving, hardworking, Christian, family man that always put his family first. His sense of humor was unmatched and was one of his most endearing qualities. Jay loved to work on things and there wasn't anything that he could not fix.
Jay is survived by Loretta, his wife of 58 years; sons, Marty Carpenter and Jody Carpenter; daughters, Lori (Kevin) Musser and Missy Hext, all of Joplin. Additional survivors include grandchildren, Jake (Claudia) Musser, Korey (Brooke) Scribner, Jessie (Trever) Davis, Kaci (Jerick) Swarens, and Emmy (Jared Smith) Carpenter; great-grandchildren, Tinley, Alex, Natalie, Sunnie, Tucker, and one on the way, Khloe. He is survived by one sister, Wanda Grieve, of Monrovia, Calif., and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Jim, Ray, and Bill Carpenter.
Services for Mr. Carpenter will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, at Mason-Woodard Mortuary in Joplin with Chaplain Clyde McClain officiating. A visitation with the family will precede the service at 2 p.m. Burial will be held at Carterville Cemetery following the service. Michael Tracy, along with grandsons, will serve as pallbearers.
Published on December 24, 2017