Miles J. Carpenter, 89, Ewington, Ohio, died at Arbors of Gallipolis August 31, 2012. Born October 3, 1922, in Elkhorn, Kentucky, he was the son of the late William R. and Mary B. Barnes Carpenter. His paternal grandmother was Mary Jane Fleming, Clintwood, Virginia, and maternal grandparents were George and Ollie Fletcher Barnes, Hollygrove, West Virginia.
He is survived by six children, Roy (Tina) Carpenter, Joyce (Roscoe) Ward, Mary K. (Jonathan) Preston, Carol Sue Kemper and Frank Carpenter, all of Vinton, Ohio, and Rick (Kathy) Carpenter, Bidwell, Ohio; twenty-three grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by long-time partner, Dorothy Johnson; sister, Garnet A. Barnett, Sumter, South Carolina; niece, Twila Wooten, Edgewood, New Mexico, and nephew, John R. Wooten, Jr., Rialto, California.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Baker Carpenter; sons, Robert C. Baker and William L. Carpenter; sister, Lenora Ellen Wooten, and nephew, Ronald G. Wooten.
Miles was a WWII Veteran, serving with the Army 82nd Paratroopers. He was inducted into the Army November 23, 1942, and entered into active service December 4, 1942. After basic training at Fort Knox, he was stationed at the 265th Air Field in the Aleutian Islands from January 27, 1944, to October 22, 1944. He was stationed in New Jersey from October 23, 1944, to March 25, 1945. He sailed from New York to England March 31, 1945, after which he served in Belgium, France, and Germany. He returned to the United States March 1, 1946, and received an Honorable Discharge March 5, 1946. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon, American Theatre Ribbon and World War II Victory Ribbon. Upon his discharge from the Army, he then worked in the lumber industry, coal mines and retired from the Bob Evans Meat Packing Plant.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2012, in the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Vinton, with Pastor Steve Matthews officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Tabor Cemetery near Vinton with Full Military Graveside Rites conducted by the Vinton American Legion Post #161. Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 12 p.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday.
Condolences may be sent to www.mccoymoore.com.