Oda E. Carpenter, 98 - Millstone

Oda E. Carpenter's (98) soul has gone to the arms of his Lord and Savior. His body will be brought back to the hills of his beloved West Virginia.

He was born at Weston, W.Va., October 25, 1914 at the home of his grandparents, the Eaton's, and died January 4, 2013 with his loving family around him and his faithful dog, Tasha.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 49 years, Grace (Crawford) Carpenter and his second wife of 22 years, Etta (Crawford) Carpenter, his parents, Roy W. and Jane ("Janie") Eaton Carpenter, and brother, Oakie Carpenter, sister, Veda Mace, and his precious baby, Geraldine.

He is survived by his son, Darrell (Maria) Carpenter of Old Town, Florida; daughter, Mary (Robert) Harris of Akron, Ohio; brother, Tom Carpenter of Old Town, Florida; sister, Dary Wilson, of Newark, Ohio; grandchildren, Mike (Joy) Harris of Palestine, W.Va., Tracey (Jim) Campbell of Akron, Ohio, David (Lisa) Carpenter of Orange Park, Florida, Christopher (Cindy) Midcap of New Jersey, and Matt (Yvonne) Carpenter of Manitou Springs, Colorado.

He is also survived by 14 great grandchildren, Alexandria, Tanaya, Travis, and Trevor Carpenter, Sarah, Donald, Matthew and Robert Harris, John, Juliette and Jeremiah Campbell, Mandy and Brother Midcap, and Kyla Carpenter.

Oda loved his country and proudly served in WWII aboard the USS Fulton, a submarine tender (also known as a floating bomb because they carried all the fuel and ammunition for ten submarines). They went all over the Pacific Ocean, until the end of the war. After the battle of Midway, the Fulton picked up the survivors of the USS Yorktown. The men pulled the survivors up over the side of the ship, evaluated them, and gave them their own clothes, shoes, toiletries, and etc. They then took them to Pearl Harbor.

When he came home from the service, he was the mailman for many years for the Millstone, Arnoldsburg, Mt. Zion and Daniel's Run route. He was also a charter member of the Mason's Lodge in Grantsville, W.Va. He lived in Akron, Ohio for fourteen years and worked at Guran Construction Company driving a truck.

Darrell and Mary feel that God gave them the best father he ever made. He was a good friend to many and always made time to talk to people and ask them to come to the historical church at Sand Ridge. Oda was also a farmer and loved poetry. Although his body was failing for many years, his mind was sharp as a tack to the end.

Funeral services with be held at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg Saturday January 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with full Military Graveside Rites with Pastor Rick Swearingen officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the going home services. He will be laid to rest between the two women he loved, with Masonic Graveside Rites at the Sand Ridge United Methodist Church cemetery.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt Thank You to the hospice nurses for the their help and support and also to Maria Carpenter for taking such wonderful care of her second father.