DUSTIN EDWARD CARPENTER, JR., 61, went peacefully into the arms
of Jesus on April 9, 2009, at his home in Mansfield with family
and friends by his side.
Dustin was born in Columbus, OH on December 8, 1947, to Dustin
Sr. and Marian Carpenter. He proudly served his country in
the Air Force. While raising his family, he graduated Summa
Cum Laude with a Master’s in Business from Abilene Christian
University. He worked for Southwestern Bell which ultimately
became Alcatel-Lucent; where he retired as a Senior Project
Manager in January of 2008 after 29 years of loyal service.
Dustin was highly respected and liked by his co-workers and
He raised his two sons and later gained two daughters to
complete his family. Dustin recently remarried and just
celebrated one year of marriage with Lillie Carol Carpenter.
They spent the first eight months traveling and enjoying his
new extended family before being diagnosed with Lung Cancer
on Christmas Day in 2008.
He will be remembered most for his love & personal convictions.
He was often admired by his family and friends for the way he
loved his wives, children, family and friends. He has served
as an awesome example of Christ’s love to others and will be
Dustin was preceded in death by his father, Dustin E. Carpenter,
Sr.; sister, Bonnlyn Rucker Carpenter; and his second wife,
Sharon Carpenter. He leaves behind his wife, Carol Carpenter;
son Geoff Carpenter and his fiancée, Alicia Rector; son, Dustin
and April Carpenter and grandsons, Beau and Seth; daughter,
Tonia Nevala; daughter, Wendy and Gary Smith and grandson,
Jesse; mother, Marian Carpenter; sister, Shailene Graham; and
countless other family and friends.