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Obituary for Thomas B. Carpenter Sr.

Thomas “Tommy” B. Carpenter, Sr., age 78, of Virginia Beach, Virginia passed away October 10, 2020. Tommy was born on April 7, 1942 in Raeford, North Carolina. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, Marjorie and Cecil Oliver.

Tommy graduated from Princess Anne High School in 1962 and held an associates in carpentry before starting his career as a carpenter for Norfolk Public Schools for 36 years. He was also a member of Norview Baptist Church for the last 65 years.

Tommy enjoyed building, tinkering, and taking locks apart. He was proud of his accomplishment of building a pole barn in Suffolk. He liked to mess with electronics and draw, but you’d never lay a hand on his building plans. He kept those in his mind. He loved traveling and spending time with his two youngest granddaughters.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Mabel Carpenter; a daughter, Marjorie “Lynn” (Kevin) Ferrier of Virginia Beach, VA; a son, Thomas B. (Marti) Carpenter of Virginia Beach, VA; eight grandchildren: Athena, Sierra, Alex, Jordan, Andrew, Joel, Jacob, and Alan; brother, Jack (Jackie) Oliver; aunt, Millie Ashurst of Cedar Ridge, CO; cousins, Patsy and Fred Moore of Fayetteville, NC; niece, Belinda (Tom) Bonelli of Suffolk, VA; and nephew, Jimmy Oliver of Virginia Beach, VA.

Thomas will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, and friend. A celebration of life will be held at the Bonelli Farm in the Spring of 2021.

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