Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Rev. Bill E. Carpenter, age 86, of Jefferson, who entered the presence of His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday March 1, 2023 after a long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. Rev. Carpenter was a bi-vocational minister serving churches in Northeast Georgia for over a half-century and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church at Statham.
He was born at Oakwood Georgia to the late Lorena Boling Carpenter and Roy Lee Carpenter and was “born again” in 1945 at Oakwood Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Bobbie Carpenter Foster; his brother, Fred Dennis Carpenter and brother-in-law, Eugene B. Dalton.
He began singing gospel music early in life with his two sisters, Betty and Bobbie, and his brother, Dennis, at churches and “all-night singings” in the Southeast. He met his future wife Martha Ash in 1956 while singing at a church during his college days.
He was a honor graduate of North Georgia College where he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation. He served as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Business Administration at Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina while he worked on a second degree. He also was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Florida Bible College.
After college, he managed a radio station in Washington, Georgia, was married August 20, 1961, was ordained as a Baptist Minister in September of 1961; and was called back into service in October 1961 during the Berlin Crisis to serve as a 1st Lieutenant in the Signal Corps at Fort Meade, Maryland. After his final military service, he was selected in September 1962 to serve in the Member and Public Relations Department at Jackson EMC as an editor assuming duties of publications, advertising, and member service programs and was later promoted to Manager of Member Services. He also served as Acting General Manager during 1969.
While employed at Jackson EMC, in 1963, he became pastor of his first church, Tates Creek Baptist Church near Toccoa. During his long ministry, he also served as pastor of 5 other Baptist churches: Crooked Creek in South Jackson County; Chattahoochee, Flowery Branch; Blacks Creek, Commerce; Central Baptist, Athens and Enon at Alto. During his ministry, he was privileged to mentor a large number of young people who were preparing for ministry and Christian service.
In March 1970, he was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of Jackson EMC and served until his retirement in May 2022. As a Director he served in the office as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Chairman. His combined service as an employee and director at Jackson EMC reached a total of 60 years. He also served on the Board of Directors of Georgia Electric Membership Cooperation and was on the Advisory Board of Oglethorpe Power Cooperation.
In 1971, he co-founded Neighborhood Gospel Missions, Inc. now headquartered near Lexington GA and served as President for 32 years.
In 1983, he established Gateway Monument Co, Inc. and was a member of the Elberton Granite Association and a Georgia Marble dealer.
He is survived by his beloved wife Martha Ash Carpenter; sister Betty C. Dalton; brother-in-law, John C. Foster, Sr.; Sister-in-law, Mildred Carpenter; and a number of cherished nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be Monday, March 6, 2023, from 11:25 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 1975 Highway 82 at Statham. A service to honor his life will follow at 2:00 p.m.in the church sanctuary.
A committal service will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 2030 Memorial Park Drive, Gainesville, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Neighborhood Gospel Mission, PO Box 587, Lexington, GA. 30648.
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