James Lenard Carpenter, Sr., 77 of Newark, DE, formerly of Carmichael, MD, passed at his residence, Sunday, March 21, 2021. He born in Queenstown, MD on March 10, 1944 to the late John and Helen Johnson Carpenter.
James was educated in the Queen Annes County Public school system. Later he moved to Newark, DE where he worked and retired as Head Custodian from the University of Delaware College.
On December 28, 1985, he married Annie Miller. James had a lifelong passion for fishing, family gatherings, and listening to music. He had a special love for the “oldies but goodies” type music. Also, he enjoyed talking on the phone for hours with his children and siblings.
James leaves to cherish fond memories with his 2 sons: James Jr (Lily) of Augusta, Georgia and Vern Carpenter (Rachel) of Helena, Montana; a stepson, James Thornton of Newark, DE; a stepdaughter, Geraldine Thornton of Newark, DE; 5 sisters: Mary Farmer of Berlin, MD, Marjorie Green of Cordova, MD, Helen Stanford of Royal Oak, MD, Dorothy Roy (Floyd) of Cambridge, and Martha Carpenter of Greensboro, MD; a brother, Elwood Carpenter of Cordova, a sister-in-law, Geradine Carpenter; 10 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
In addition to his parents, James is preceded in death by his wife, Anna Mae Carpenter, a sister, Anna Purnell, and a brother, John Hilbert Carpenter.
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