Last Wednesday, the North Carolina House of Representatives passed Senate Joint Resolution 865, honoring the late Sen. Bob Carpenter (R-Franklin), who represented Western North Carolina’s Senate District 50 for eight terms. Carpenter passed away at the age of 87 in August 2011. Rep. Roger West (R-Marble) served in the General Assembly with Carpenter for many years.
“Western North Carolina has had no better friend than Sen. Bob Carpenter,” said West. “He was a dedicated public servant, an honorable family man, a patriot, and a dear friend. He is sorely missed.”
Carpenter was born and raised in Macon County, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. “I was always proud of the fact that we were both Navy boys,” said West, who also served in the Navy from 1968-70. “We shared constituencies, fought for the same issues in Western North Carolina, and stood together on many votes over the years.”
Carpenter was a bank executive by trade and served on the Macon County Board of County Commissioners, the Macon County Economic Development Commission, the Board of Southwestern Community College, the Board of Directors for Franklin First Union, and as president of the North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees.
“Bob Carpenter will be remembered for many things: his dedication to his state and his country, his commitment to his constituents, and his loyalty to his family,” said West. “I am honored to have had the privilege of knowing him, working with him, and calling him a friend.”
Carpenter and his wife, Helen, were blessed with five children and 34 grandchildren.