Samuel “Sam” Carpenter, 87, of Union City died Aug. 26, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Union City, with Dr. Matthew Wohlfarth and the Rev. Eddie Mallonee officiating. Burial will follow in East View Cemetery.
Friends may call at White-Ranson Funeral Home 5-8 p.m. Tuesday and at the church after 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Pallbearers will be Mark Ward, Paul Buckner, the Rev. Jerry Leggett, Allen Nohsey, Red Reese, Allen Rogers, Paul Russell and Allen Searcy.
Honorary pallbearers will be men of First Baptist Church in Union City.
The family requests that memorials be made to First Baptist Church in Union City; or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, attention: Tribute Gifts, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780.
He was born Nov. 28, 1919, in Elbridge community, son of the late Fredrick Benjamin and Effie (Reed) Carpenter. He graduated from the former Hornbeak High School in 1937.
He married the former Betty Jane Bell on Sept. 11, 1955. She survives.
A World War II veteran, he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. After receiving aviation training, he was based in Panama and served as crew chief and aerial engineer while flying B-25 aircraft with the headquarters squadron of the Sixth Weather Region. He received a Meritorious Service Award.
Following his release from service to his country, he was employed at the former Chicago & Southern Airlines and also served with the 155th Fighter Squadron of the Tennessee Air National Guard.
In 1947 he returned to Obion County and worked as a cashier at the former Bank of Elbridge and organized the Obion County Farm School. He was a member of the Agricultural Committee of the Tennessee Bankers Association and later served as a director of the former Bank of Obion County.
He began his career in life insurance in 1955 and joined the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States as an agent, receiving his Charter Life Underwriter degree from the American College of Bryn Mawr, Pa. He held licenses in six states and was a longtime member of the Memphis Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals.
He was also a life and qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table and received numerous awards during his career, including the Order of Excalibur and induction into the Equitable Hall of Fame. He was active in estate planning and marketing other financial products as well.
Carpenter was a longtime member and past regional vice president of the Tennessee Association.
In 1960 he organized Carpenter Real Estate Co. and became a licensed broker in Tennessee and Kentucky.
He was active in residential and commercial development, independently and in partnership with CSCC Co., West TN Commercial Properties Inc. and Community Partners Development Inc. He was also a landowner and was engaged in farming and the self-storage business.
He had been a member of the Obion County Board of Education and was past chairman of the Board of Supervisors of the Obion County Soil Conservation District. He was also past chairman of the Union City Board of Zoning Appeals and was a member of the Obion County Chamber of Commerce and a former member of Union City Rotary Club.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Union City and had been chairman of deacons, Sunday school director and a Sunday school teacher and chairman of the building committees which erected the children’s educational building and the sanctuary.
He is also survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Carole and Stephen Russell of Union City; his son and daughter-in-law, Robert Samuel “Bob” and Mary Carpenter of Union City; twin granddaughters, Libby Carpenter and Molly Carpenter, both of Union City; and two brothers, Fred Carpenter of Gary, Ind., and Frank Carpenter of Las Cruces, N.M.
He was also preceded in death by his brother, Granville Carpenter.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home Web site: www.white-ranson.com.