Willene Graves Carpenter

Willene Graves Carpenter, 82, of Hamburg, died on January 28, 2020, at Crossett.

Mrs. Carpenter was a homemaker and an active and faithful member of the First Baptist Church. Her late husband, a pastor, often said she was the best pastor’s wife a pastor could ever ask for. She was an excellent cook, a loving wife, mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Rev. Hunter E. Carpenter, in 2016; her parents, Ira Homer and Willie Emma Turner Graves; and two sisters, Evelyn Faye Carpenter and Norma Graves Wheeler.

She is survived by her son, Rev. Tim Carpenter and wife, Dianna, of Hot Springs; her daughter, Gail Carter and husband, Dr. Randall Carter, of Van Buren; a brother, Jerry Wayne Graves and wife, Janis, of Hamburg; three grandchildren, Adrianna Carter of Rogers, Andrew Carpenter and Will Carpenter both of Hot Springs and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 1, at 2 p.m. at the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Ty Danielson and Rev. Gayle Riles officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Prairie Grove Cemetery in Drew County.

Pallbearers are Mark Bowden, Jim Atkins, Dr. Justin Atkins, Ben Carpenter, Clyde Upton, and Steve Upton. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Garry Graves, Wayne Graves, Dr. Randall Carter, Jerry Jackson, Will Carpenter and Andrew Carpenter.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646.