Cornelius Earnestus Carpenter
5 August, 1875 - 20 June, 1959
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Contributed by Bill Carpenter
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Earnestus Carpenter was born August 5, 1875, in Mount
Pleasant, Iowa, the fifth of six children and departed this
life on June 20, 1959. One sister and four brothers all
preceded him in death. At the age of 5 years he moved
with his parents to Kansas.
He was married April 13, 1898, in Nellville, Kansas, to
Francis Edith Wilmot. The couple moved to Oklahoma in
1900 and homesteaded in western Oklahoma in 1902 where they
lived until moving to Wilder, Idaho in 1932.
Seven sons and one daughter were born to this union all of
whom are still living. On April 13, 1959, Mr. & Mrs.
Carpenter celebrated their 61st wedding Anniversary.
In 1909 Mr. Carpenter professes Jesus Christ as his own
personal Lord and Saviour. He was baptized in 1910 and
joined the Missionary Baptist Church. He taught a Sunday
School class for a number of years. One of his favorite
past times in his earlier years was singing gospel song.
Among the songs he live was:
Friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear,
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer.
For the last
ten years of his life Mr. Carpenter was pretty well confined
to his home but found a genuine source of spiritual strength
in the weekly broadcast of "The Old Fashion Revival Hour."
Survivors besides his devoted wife include seven sons,
Charles E., Leslie, A., Harold W., and Randall S. Carpenter
all of Wilder; Clifford R. of Clatskanie, Oregon, Harry F.,
Caldwell, Idaho and Rex B. Carpenter of Vale, Oregon; one
daughter, Mrs. Mary Graber of Wilder, and 26 Grandchildren and
34 great Grandchildren. In addition to these a host of
other relatives and friends survive to mourn his passing.
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