Athlean Carpenter, 82, of the Ladelle community, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 19, 2018 at UAMS Hospital in Little Rock.
She was a dedicated pastor’s wife to her late husband, Rev. Ronnie Carpenter, a homemaker and retired Drew Central Food Service Director for 37 years. She also previously worked as a sales retail sales clerk. In her later years, she was the daily sitter for her two great granddaughters, Emma and Caroline, for seven years.
Mrs. Carpenter was a member of Ladelle Baptist Church where her grandson is pastor and, in recent years, attended Prairie Grove Baptist Church where her son is the pastor. It was her joy to support both her son and her grandson in their ministries. She was very active in her church as she sang in both church choirs, was a Sunday school teacher for many years and was on the finance committee for many years. Her hobbies included reading her Bible, sitting on her porch bird watching, cooking for family and friends, hunting in her early years, along with picnicking with her two great granddaughters.
She was born on November 9, 1935 in Ladelle to the late Elisha Harvey Goyne and Sarah Lee Deal Goyne.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Carl, Garvin and Clell Goyne; one sister, Virginia Lloyd; and one infant sister.
Survivors include one son, Rev. Ricky L. Carpenter of Ladelle; one daughter, Rhonda Carpenter Mitchell and husband Billy of Ladelle; three grandchildren, John Mitchell, Joanna Rayner and Ryan McRae and wife Liz; seven special great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and three brothers and sisters-in-law.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 22, at 10 a.m. at Ladelle Baptist Church with Rev. Ricky Carpenter and Rev. Ryan McRae officiating. Burial will follow in Ladelle Cemetery.
Visitation is Wednedday, March 21 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Ladelle Baptist Church and Prairie Grove Baptist Church.