The Times West Virginian


November 9, 2013

Ernest Carpenter

Ernest “Tub” Carpenter, 66, of Grafton, formerly of Fairmont, went to be with Jesus his Savior and join loved ones in heaven on Thursday (Nov. 7, 2013) after a brief illness.

He is the son of the late Archie T. and Marjorie May (Hamilton) Carpenter of Worthington, where he was born and raised.

He leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Patricia Ann (Sanford) Carpenter; and their two children, Ernie Joe Carpenter and his wife Tracy of Guernsey, Wyo., and Tricia May (Carpenter) Bland and her husband Gary of “Bland Hollow” Fairview; his grandchildren, whom he adored, Austin Tanner, Dustin Ray, Caleb Lee, Dailin Rose and Zoe Carpenter, Maylie Kaye Ann and Ryder Linn Bland; one great-granddaughter, Athena Marie Carpenter; three sisters, Nettie Markley of Fairmont, Ganal Simmons of Clarksburg, and Linda Lou Newbrough and husband Lowell of Wyatt; also one brother, Marvin Franklin Carpenter and wife Sheila of Oak Grove, Ky.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ernest was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia May Carpenter; one brother, Archie M. Carpenter; one nephew, Thurmond Carpenter; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ernest worked as a coal miner, and was employed at Consol No. 20 at Four States until it shut down. He was a member of UMWA Local 4060. He always enjoyed working underground and has shared many stories with his family and friends about funny things that happened to him and his “buddies” he worked with. He reminisced about some of the things that happened that caused alarm and sadness as well. He had fond memories of his friends who worked the same shift.

Jim Davis, you have remained close to him and our family since the first day he started in the mines. Thank you from him and our family: “You are Loved.”

His greatest joy was having his grandchildren spend the weekends and vacation time with him (the young ones in the recent past and the older ones when they were small). Then, as they grew, he took them fishing, hunting and to auto races. He cherished Caleb’s prayers, and Athena brought new life and joy to him. Family gatherings for cookouts and vegetable soup featuring his dad’s recipe were the favorites for sharing time with his sisters. He also enjoyed Yann’s hot dog socials with his brother, son, son-in-law and nephews. He immensely enjoyed fishing with Gary, his son-in-law, and Tricia, his “baby girl.” There was nothing that compared to the love he had for his parents and his children. He was also a wonderful son-in-law.

The greatest joy and sustaining love that he leaves with his family is that he accepted Our Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior early in the year of 2013.

We Will Meet Again!

Night Night Papaw! We Love You!

A thank you for your care, concern and counsel to the Ruby Neuro Oncology Surgical and Medical Teams, Dr. Gonzales, Dr. Alsheri, Dr. Singhi, Dr. Yednock and his prayers, and Dr. Guduri. We would like to extend a very special thank you to the Golden Living Administrative Staff and Care Teams for all the help, support and special accommodations. Also, thank you to the Arbors at Fairmont, for tolerance with requests and demands. Also, to the Interim Care Team, DeFelice Inc. and the Amedysis Care Team. God bless you all!

Friends and family will be received at the Hutson Funeral Home in Farmington, today from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Services will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Lonnie Colebank officiating.

It was his final wish to be cremated. Therefore, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, friends may make contributions to Hutson Funeral Home, if they so desire, to help fund his memorial services.

Online condolences may be accessed at

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