WADESBORO – On Thursday morning, Oct. 6, 2022, the Rev. Delmond Walter “D.W.” Carpenter went home to be with his Lord and Savior while being cared for by his family at his home.
His family rejoices that he has seen his Savoir face to face and that he has been reunited with the love of his life, Willie Baker Carpenter.
The service to celebrate his life will be 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, 2022 at Deep Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Perko officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service in the church fellowship hall and other times at the home of his niece in Wadesboro.
The Rev. Carpenter was born Nov. 17, 1928, in Anson County and was a son of the late Walter Franklin Carpenter and the late Mary Honeycutt Carpenter Smith.
He was in the eighth grade when his father passed away and, being the oldest child, he felt the need to quit school to help his mother provide for their family. He was drafted to serve in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
After realizing the importance of a strong work ethic and providing for his family, he worked at Parker’s Feed and Seed, Wade Manufacturing and retired from Duff Norton as a machinist.
He was a longtime member of Deep Creek Baptist Church, where he has served as youth leader, coach for the church softball teams, four terms as deacon and Sunday school superintendent. He also served as the Sunday school director for the Anson Baptist Association.
In 1977, the Rev. Carpenter was ordained into gospel ministry after accepting God’s calling on his life. He served churches in Anson, Richmond and Chesterfield counties, to name a few.
His first place of service was Brown Creek Baptist Church, and he later went to serve at Roberdel Baptist Church in Rockingham, Calvary Baptist Church in Wadesboro and Morven Baptist Church, serving there last in 2017, when he retired from ministry.
He served Oakdale Baptist Church, Hopewell Baptist Church and Thompson Creek Baptist Church all in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
At age 92, it was his desire to preach one last time in Deep Creek Baptist Church and the pastor asked him to fill the pulpit in his absence one Sunday, thus his desire came true.
Also, a large part of his ministry was that of visiting shut-ins and nursing homes. Every Sunday afternoon, as long as he was able, he visited both nursing homes in Wadesboro and the residents always looked forward to the visits from “the Little Preacher Man.”
An avid gardener, he always shared the bounty from his garden with family and friends. He also shared jars of his famous homemade pickles and he was the cole slaw champion in the eyes of his family.
He was active in membership with the Anson Beekeepers Association and Woodmen of the World, where he was honored by the local Woodmen Lodge with the “Caring for Others” award in 2016.
His wife of 64 years, Willie Baker Carpenter preceded him in death, and he has longed for the day of their reunion.
Those left to cherish his memory are his nieces, who were much like his daughters, Debbie Jarman of Wadesboro and Linda Pilkenton (Eric) of Lenoir; his grandchildren, Adam Jarman (Lauren) of Charlotte, Emily Trexler (Dave) and Justin Jarman (Shelley) both of Wadesboro and John Jarman (Nicole) of Peachland; his great-grandchildren, Avery Jarman, Abby Trexler and Alyssa Trexler; and his nieces and nephews and extended family from both the Carpenter and Baker families.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by an infant son; his stepfather, Roy Smith; and his sister and brothers, Lillie Mae Baker, Hobert Carpenter, Billy Carpenter and Floyd Carpenter.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Deep Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1280 Beck Road, Wadesboro, NC 28170; or to the Gideons International Anson Camp, P.O. Box 904, Wadesboro, NC 28170.
“Servant of God, well done! Thy glorious warfare’s past: The battles fought, the race is won, and thou art crowned at last.”
The arrangements are in care of Leavitt Funeral Home and online condolences may be made at leavittfh.com.