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Hope Christian Church
Friday March 5th, 2021

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James M. Carpenter

James M. Carpenter, 85, of Waterloo, IL, died February 14, 2021, in St. Louis, MO. He was born September 6, 1935, in Madison, WV.

He is survived by his wife Wanda Carpenter (nee Hutchison); daughter Lisa (Dan) Johnson; grandsons Parker Johnson, and Davis Johnson; stepson Aaron (Colleen) Runge; grandchildren Avery, Aden, and Piper Runge; and niece Laura (Tom) Mann.

James is preceded in death by his parents Clay and Florence (nee Sovine) Carpenter and sister Kathryn Coyner.

He was a member of the Christian Faith, coach, teacher, principal, superintendent of schools, regional superintendent of schools, and numerous organizations.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
Donor's choice

Memorial Visitation:
9 AM until time of service Friday, March 5, 2021 at Hope Christian Church

Celebration of Life:
11 AM Friday, March 5, 2021 at Hope Christian Church in Columbia, IL
Pastor Darrell Jones and Pastor Will Hesterberg officiating


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Our family is so saddened to read of Mr. Carpenter's passing. Mom, Carmelita Sensel or Mrs. Sensel as he called her, worked for your husband/father for many years. We have so many fond memories of times she spent working for him, and being a great leader in the office of Supt of Schools. After retiring, mom and dad would travel to Colorado to visit with Jim and Wanda. Mom now is in a Memory Care facility and unable to relay her condolences....but know she dearly
treasured the time she worked with Jim and the friendship of the family. Our deepest sympathy to all.
The Carmelita Sensel Family
Sheryl, Patti, Bill & David

Patricia L Brandt Mar 9 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Carpenter

Gary & Patricia Edrington Feb 28 2021 12:00 AM

Gary and I can't express enough how wonderful we think Jim was. Gary always said Jim was his rehab partner. Gary worked for the Carpenters, and Jim was always right there..when he could be wanting to help Gary with anything he was doing. I've shared laughter, seriousness, sadness with Wanda, and I know that Jim is in heaven. God took him home. The angels welcomed Jim, and we have the blessing of Jim watching over all of us. God's blessings.

Gary & Patricia Edrington Feb 25 2021 12:00 AM

Jim was my first boss and a long time friend of our family. We thought the world of him and love Wanda dearly. He is finally at peace with our Lord and Savior.

Joy and Mike Wellman Feb 15 2021 12:00 AM