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Benjamin "Ben" Frederick Carpenter, age 82, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018. He was born in Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County, on Nov. 2, 1935. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Schroeder and Evelyn Carpenter Baxter Schroeder.
Ben is a veteran who proudly served in the United States Marine Corp. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service and was active in many organizations, such as the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Evening Optimist Club and the National Rural Letter Carrier Association. He loved the outdoors as he was an avid fisherman and hunter. Ben was very outgoing and positive and he was also very involved with his children.
Ben leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 23 years, Jeanette Bennett Carpenter, of Rocky Mount; daughter, Jennifer Delano-Gemzik and her husband, Darren of Rocky Mount; son, Trevor Delano and his wife, Tiffany of Nashville; grandchildren, Faith Berry, Grace Berry, Elizabeth Gemzik, Evan Delano and Evalina Genzik; sister, Joan Smith, of Flushing; brother, Walter "Wally" Schroeder, of Traverse City; sisters, Sharon Neurmann and her husband, Dale, of Traverse City, Sue Knight and her husband, Scott, of Traverse City, and Wendy Hubble and her husband Robb, of Traverse City. He also leaves behind to cherish his memory, twelve nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank other family members along with friends for all their love and support.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Sunset Avenue Baptist Church, 3732 Sunset Ave., Rocky Mount, with Dr. Robin Fisher officiating. Burial will follow the service at Rocky Mount Memorial Park. The family will receive friends and relatives on Monday, March 12, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ben's memory to the American Heart Association re Eastern NC, 3131 RDU Center Drive, Suite 100, Morrisville, NC 27560 or the American Cancer Society, 930 B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834 .
Arrangements entrusted to Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting www.wheelerwoodlief.com.
Published on March 13, 2018
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