Willard Clifton Carpenter, 97, of Bismarck, Arkansas, formerly from Magnolia, went to be with the Lord and rejoin his beloved wife Gwen on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
Mr. Carpenter was born August 21, 1923 in Bismarck, the son of Andy Lee Carpenter and Rosa Ellen Carpenter. Mr. Carpenter graduated from high school in Harvey, IL in 1941. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1943 - 1946, and as a World War II veteran he participated in the European Theatre during World War II. He was with General George Smith Patton’s 3rd Army and part of the famous crossing of the Rhine River into Heidelberg, Germany.
After the military, Mr. Carpenter received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, Ruston, in May 1950. He then earned a Master of Arts degree in June of 1951 at North Texas State College in Denton, TX.
Mr. Carpenter was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Gwendolyn Carpenter; and three sisters, Ruby Langdon, Eunita (Nita) Williams and Faye Jones.
He is survived by sons Willard (Byrum) Carpenter of Bismarck, AR, Dale Carpenter (and wife Sandy) of Hedgesville, WV; two grandchildren, Scott Carpenter and Kelsey Behnfeldt; and nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be held from 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 5, 2021 at the Gross Funeral Home in Hot Springs.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at the Oaklawn Church of God in Hot Springs, followed by a graveside service with military honors at the Pleasant Hills Cemetery, 2103 Ozark Loop, Bismarck, AR.
A separate memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, 2021 at the First Church of God in El Dorado.
Friends and family are welcome to attend either service at their convenience.