CARPENTER, Lawrence D. “CARP,” 56, passed away, Wednesday, August 7, 2013.
Larry was born to Thomas L. Carpenter and Anna Balint Carpenter on September 26, 1956 in Steubenville, Ohio. He was the youngest sibling of Shirley Ann and Wanda Carpenter Holloway.
Larry grew up and went to grade school in Brilliant and later to Buckeye North High School. His love of football started during those years. According to Larry, he held many records during that time, however, we honestly don’t know if this meant sports related records or 45s.
Larry received a football scholarship to Ohio Northern University, where he majored in Business, driving around the Fraternity/Sorority circle at warp speed, and clocking the amount of time it took to drop objects out of the top window of the fraternity house to unsuspecting individuals below. Obviously, Larry’s innocence had been corrupted by his membership in the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. Really, can you trust people with names like Pygmy and Fu?
They were fraternity members by number, but brothers for life they became. Thank you for all you are and what you have all meant to each other.
Larry graduated with honors (who knew?) and was recruited by an international computer company and shipped to several large cities finally docking in Toledo. This is where Larry’s persuasive personality and circular driving skills were best utilized to pursue the future Mrs. Carpenter. Karen and Larry married, now 30 years, and have 3 absolutely amazing children. I call that good genes. Thomas (Rebecca), doing well and living in Columbus (waiting on grandchildren), Jocelyn (“J-Lo” nicknamed by daddy-o), following her dream and enjoying life and Devan, just starting out, with her good grace and humor, that she so honestly got from her dad.
In 1998, Larry and family settled into Colerain, not knowing the wonderful relationships they would build with neighbors and the community. Of course, they say, friends of feather…. he met other guys who liked to drink beer, tell stories, play name that tune and laugh…. a lot; typically at the “neighborhood watch meeting” haha, or was it the “I have have to help Suty move furniture” ruse, haha. Our neighbors are more family than friends. The Knights kept Larry in-line, still allowing him to drink beer, help the community and love fish a lot more.
Larry’s love of football, never left him. It gave him the opportunity to bond with Thomas by becoming his coach with the Junior Irish. Thomas will tell you, he was harder on him, but it taught him to be a better player and better man. Larry continued to coach the Irish, Moundsville Jr. High and later Bishop Donohue, and not just “Coach Carp,” but friend and mentor to many young athletes. He loved coaching and encouraging “the boys” to “pound the books” (as well as the turf) and is so very proud of what they have all accomplished and become.
Larry will be deeply missed by so many hearts he touched.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made the Knights of Columbus, 25 North 4th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio. Online condolences may be expressed at www.heslop.com.
Friends will be received Saturday 5-8 p.m. and Sunday noon-3 p.m. at the Heslop Funeral Home, 415 Walnut Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated Monday, August 12, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, with Fr. Tom Marut officiating.