Joseph Denver Carpenter, 87, of Quaker City, died Monday, December 11, 2017, at the Monroe County Care Center.

He was born June 9, 1930 in Calais, son of the late William Earl Carpenter and Bessie Lenora (Carpenter) Carpenter.

Mr. Carpenter retired from Quinn Coal Company, where he had been an equipment operator. He had also worked at Davey Tree Company, Citizens Telephone Company of Coolville, and the B&O Railroad. He was a farmer all of his life.

A devout Christian, he was a member of the Calais Church, where he had also been a Deacon. He enjoyed playing music on his guitar and harmonica.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Melba (Pierce) Carpenter; a daughter, Carolyn Sue Postlethwait; three brothers, Kenneth, Wilford, and Emerson; and a grandchild, Nary Postlethwait.

He is survived by his son, Pete (Karen) Carpenter of Quaker City; three brothers, Donald Carpenter of Somerton, Frank (Nancy) Carpenter of Byesville, and Richard Carpenter of Barnesville; three sisters, Bonnie Kirkbride of Beallsville, Dehlia Covert of Canton, and Carolyn Milhoan of Barnesville; six grandchildren, Connie (Don) Hill, Tammy (Don) Erbes, B.J. (James) Hostutler, Greg (Rachel) Carpenter, Shawn (Stephanie) Carpenter, and Cole Carpenter (Andrea Mettler); 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 13, 2017, from 3-8 p.m. at Thorn-Black Funeral Home, Quaker City, where funeral services will be held Thursday (December 14, 2017) at 1 p.m. with Pastor Doug DeLong officiating.

Burial will be at Calais Cemetery.

As an expression of sympathy, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Calais Church Missionary Fund.

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