Rodger Dennis Carpenter

August 25, 1945 ~ December 28, 2021 (age 76)


Rodger Dennis Carpenter, 76, of China Grove passed away on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at his residence. Mr. Carpenter was under Hospice care and had been ill for several months.

Born in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania on August 25, 1945, he was the son of the late Kenneth Carpenter and Helen Calkin Carpenter.

After retiring from IBM, Charlotte, Mr. Carpenter chose a new career in the North Carolina Department of Corrections and was employed as a correctional officer at Piedmont Correctional Institution, Salisbury, NC until his retirement.

SP5 Carpenter served in the US Army in the Logistics Department and graduated Non Commissioned Officers Academy 19 November 1965. He was honorably discharged 31 December 1969.

Certificate of Commendation was issued to Mr. Carpenter from the Board of Directors of The National Museum of the US Army; his name has been entered into the Register of Founding Sponsors of the National Museum and shall be on permanent display at the Museum.

He was preceded in death by both parents, his brother James Carpenter, sisters Gwendolyn McKee, Betty Di Luzio, and Vivian Westbrook.

Those left to miss him deeply and share precious memories are his wife of 31 years, Vickie Corriher Carpenter; his brothers, Ken Carpenter, Larry Carpenter, and Terry Carpenter; his sisters, Shelby Carpenter, Janice Convertino; his son Scott Michael Carpenter and daughter Robyn Glidden. Many loving grandchildren will miss Grandpa; Tyler Carpenter, Lindsey Glidden, Tiffany Overcash, Heather Cox, Aaron, Molly, and Brandon Yow, Brinley and Zoe Carpenter; great grandchildren, Abbie and Lydia Carter, Noah Overcash, Josh and Tessa Barringer.

Rodger’s final resting place will be a cremation bench in West Lawn Memorial Park. A private memorial remembrance, undesignated date, will include Military Honors.

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