John Allen Carpenter was born on May 6, 1938 in Springfield, Missouri, to John William and Mary Louise Carpenter. John passed away on November 4, 2023 at 2:15 p.m. at Cox Hospital South with members of his family by his side.
John was one of nine children. John attended grade school at Central Point, then went to Jarrett Junior High School and graduated from Central Senior High School in 1955. John married Lena May Hargus on June 15, 1958 and they shared 65 loving years together.
John and Lena had one son, John Douglas Carpenter and two grandsons, John Christopher Carpenter (Ashley) and John Eric Carpenter; and one granddaughter, Heather Nicole Carpenter. They also had one great-granddaughter, Kaylee Mae Carpenter, and five great-grandsons, John Marshall, John Zakary, Raiden, Carson and Rory Carpenter-all from the Ozark/Springfield area. John is survived by his wife Lena, son Doug and grand-children and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Marilyn McLean, Rogersville, Missouri and Penny Turner, Battlefield, Missouri and three brothers, Joe Carpenter, Nixa, Missouri, David Payne, and Lloyd Payne, Billings, Missouri.
John was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sue Aton, and two brothers, Donnie Payne and Lester Payne.
John worked as an apprentice/journeyman plumber from 1955 to 2001 (with his first job being at Jess Woods Plumbing Company). He worked at various places including Cox and Mercy Hospitals, Battlefield Mall, and Kraft foods. John enjoyed raising cattle and attending cattle and estate auctions. In the 1990's, John owned the C.P. Antique Shop on the square in Ozark, Missouri which he enjoyed along with making buying trips to Canton, Texas.
In the early 1960's John had many interests including bull riding and stock car racing. He raced at various tracks including Springfield Fairgrounds and Airport Speedway; also Humansville Race Track and Waynesville Speedway. He drove car #30 which also sported the sign “The Blind Man is Driving This Car” (Carr Shade Factory-his sponsor). He also raced at the Ozark Drag/Speed Way.
John will be missed by his family, many nieces and nephews and countless friends.
John will be cremated and funeral arrangements will be conducted by Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, Missouri, with Pastor John Heun officiating on Friday, November 10, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. John will be buried at Linden Cemetery, Linden, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers please contribute to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or a charity of your choice.