HERNANDO

Thomas Howard “Tommy” Carpenter Jr. went to be with the Lord on March 26, 2018, after a brief illness. He was 72. Tommy was born in Cleveland, on Aug.  7, 1945 to Thomas Howard Sr. and Edna Boone Carpenter. He was the oldest of five children. He leaves his wife of 40 years, Cindy Dee Carpenter and two sons, Will of Euless, Texas and Thomas III of Hernando. He leaves three sisters, Miriam (Randy) Chesney of Meridian, Sheron (Herman) Coats of Batesville and Carolyn (Harold) Spraberry of Water Valley and a brother, Van Carpenter (Leigh) of Corinth. He leaves two aunts, Mrs. Ruby Carpenter Jones of Clarksdale, and Mrs. Linnie Carpenter of Mathiston; an uncle, Roy Boone of Cleveland; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Andrew Spraberry. Tommy was educated in Booneville and Senatobia schools. He was a 1963 graduate of Senatobia High School. He continued his education at Northwest Mississippi Junior College, Delta State University and Ole Miss, earning his Bachelor degrees in English and Music and his Masters in Education. At Northwest and Delta State he was in the chorus and played trumpet in the band. Following the career paths of his parents, he chose teaching as his profession, teaching in Tate, Panola and Tunica County Schools for 32 years. As a faculty member at Northwest, he taught in the GED program and led the GED classes at DeSoto County Jail. Tommy loved the Lord, his sons, his family and church family. He loved all genres of music and served as Minister of Music in several north Mississippi churches. He was also an ordained deacon. As a teenager he earned the honor of Eagle Scout. He enjoyed all sports, especially Will playing Little League baseball and Thomas playing basketball. He also coached church youth basketball and was an avid walker in the local parks. He loved playing golf, crossword puzzles and old western movies. Serving his country in the U.S. Army, he was a Corporal in the Signal Corps, stationed in Germany. Tommy was an active member at Fellowship Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir and was a soloist. Visitation will be from 12 noon until 2 p.m. Thursday at Fellowship Baptist Church. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Fellowship Baptist Church with interment to follow in Hernando Memorial Park. Hernando Funeral Home has charge. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Fellowship Baptist Church, 625 Highway 51 South, Hernando, MS 38632.