Mr. James "Jimmy" Melvin Carpenter of Clio passed away on March 28, 2021, at his residence. He was 78.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, April 2, 2021, at Pea River Presbyterian Church in Clio with Rev. Bill Hovey officiating. Interment will follow in the Pea River Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM, Thursday evening April 1, 2021, at Keahey Funeral Home in Clio. Keahey Funeral Home of Clio is entrusted with these arrangements.
Serving as pallbearers, Dave Carpenter, Timmy McKinney Jr., Matthew Davis, Scott Myers, Zachary Shipes, and Daniel Kennedy. Honorary pallbearer, Joe Gavanditti.
Jimmy served in the Army National Guard for several years and was a Mason. Lots of adjectives could be used to describe “Jimmy’s” personality, but a simple word like “BIG” describes his personality perfectly. He took the stage of any room he walked in, always talking and smiling at the same time and with a look on his face like he held some large secret and was about to expose it! His “tall tales” were spun with threads of truth and fiction. He lived a “never a dull moment” life, but it rarely spanned outside the city limits of Clio. His first love was his beautiful wife, Irma and their children and grandchildren; in a close second was his “cars”. Restoring wrecked vehicles was his mastery. He could make the words of Johnny Cash’s song, “One Piece At A Time” come true. A Dodge “Mopar” was the apple of his eye, but there wasn’t a car damaged enough that Jimmy’s hands’ couldn’t make look like it was back on a showroom floor. His generous, fun-filled spirit will be missed by all who knew him. There was only one, “Jimmy Carpenter”!
Left to cherish his memory his loving wife, Irma Carpenter of Clio; daughters, Traci Gavanditti of Eufaula, and Donna Lasseter of Ozark; brother, Rickey Carpenter (significant other, Tim McKinney) of Ocean Ridge, Florida; grandchildren, Karson Gavanditti, Zachary Shipes, and Matthew Davis; great-grandchildren, Mila Shipes, Nieces and Nephews, Timmy McKinney Jr., Debbie Jill (David) Woest, David Baxter Carpenter Jr. (Amanda); great-nephews, Miles Woest, Max Woest, Eli Carpenter, and David Carpenter III.
Preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Martha Frances McLean Carpenter; and brother, David Carpenter.
Lana's Flower Shop is in charge of flowers. (205) 607-0005 1347 S Eufaula Ave. Eufaula, AL 36027