Bill Carpenter


Bill Carpenter, age 69, of Sylva, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was the husband of Teresa Carpenter and the son of the late Earvin Carpenter and Maxie Carpenter.

As a long-time, faithful member of East Fork Baptist Church, Bill served as the chairman of the deacon board. He loved hunting, fishing, playing golf and good food. Bill dearly loved his family and his church family. One of his greatest delights was spoiling his grandkids. Following his stem cell transplant in 2002, he traveled out west to heal and spend time with his Lord.

Bill is survived by his wife of 50 years, Teresa Carpenter; one daughter, Shea (Chris) White; and two grandchildren, Makenzie (Will Ballard) White and Landon White. He is also survived by one sister, Starlotte Deitz; one brother, Jeff (Mary) Carpenter; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service was held on Sunday, March 21, 2021, at 2 p.m. at East Fork Baptist Church, with Rev. Dennis Burrell officiating.

The family received friends at the church one hour prior to the service from 1 until 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Bill’s memory to East Fork Baptist Church Building Fund, 19 Woodrow Deitz Road, Sylva, N.C. 28779.

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Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, N.C., served the family.