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Lemon Carpenter

May 5, 1935 — July 27, 2016

Lemon Junior Carpenter, 81 of Diana passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Charleston Area Medical Center General Division. He was born May 5, 1935 in Webster County to Arthur Ray and Opal H. Perrine Carpenter and was owner and driver of his own taxi service.

He grew up in Guardian and was raised by Maggie Carpenter and Brother Dee. As a young man he moved to Ohio, where with the help of his wife Margie, he started several successful businesses. He even patented a miniature moonshine steel stationary. He enjoyed challenging himself to new ways to succeed. Among many things, he was a pilot and enjoyed flying with his family. He had a great love for instruments and music. He collected old fiddles and even helped restore one.

Lemon was a survivor no matter what life threw at him. Recently Lemon had given his heart to God. In the last few years of his life he resided with his daughter Marilyn, who took excellent care of him until he went home to be with the Lord. Papa you will be missed.

Lemon is survived by his daughter Marilyn Tanner of Diana; grandson Jeffery (wife April) Tanner; great-grandchildren Jhenna and Hailey Tanner; and three step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Margie Ann Carpenter; brothers Bill, Steve, and David Carpenter; and sisters Betty and Margie Carpenter. Graveside Services will be held on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Big Run Cemetery, Diana with Brother Michael Cool officiating.

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