Mr. Lonzo Carpenter, 79, of 101 Cedar Drive, Apartment B, Salisbury, N.C., was born in Iredell County on August 29, 1942, and was the son of the late Arlene and Bertha Mae Rankin Carpenter. He departed this life on April 12, 2022, at Novant Hospital in Salisbury following an extended illness.

He attended the Iredell County Schools and loved to watch Western Movies on television. He was employed as a machine operator, prior to his retirement. He was a member of The Reach in Salisbury.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Leach Carpenter; daughters, Sallie Leach Kerr and Dorothy Laverne Carpenter; a grandson, Kiana Ross Carpenter; and siblings, Robert Carpenter and Herman Carpenter.

He leaves to cherish the memory of his life three sons, Lonnie Ray (Demetruis) Carpenter of East Spencer, Jermaine Brandon (Amy) Carpenter of Huntersville and Patrick McCorkle of Mooresville; five daughters, Patty Leach (Harold) Broadway, Jacquelyn (Donald) Matthews, both of Salisbury, Dianne Carpenter of East Spencer, Arnetta Carpenter of Spencer and Melissa McCorkle of Statesville; grandchildren, Lanita (Keon) Transour, Marilyn Leach, Train Carpenter, Taylor Carpenter, Portia Carpenter, Bryan Leach, John Leach, Sabrina Leach, Cassandra LEach, Candice Leach, Jaden Branden, Bobby Leach, Stephanie Carpenter, Quentin Carpenter, Durrell Carpenter, Larry Carpenter, Kenneth George Carpenter, Rodney Carpenter, Keisha Carpenter, Carmone Carpenter, Tadarius McCorkle, Quanisha McCorkle, Shamaya Cherry, Zayana McCorkle, Lonnie Carpenter Jr., Dorothy Dee Carpenter, Deante Phillips, Maqura Blackwell, Zhane Goodlett, London Carpenter, Dulon Carpenter, and Latonya Jackson; a host of other relatives and friends.

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. at The Reach in Salisbury, N.C. Pastor Bradley Taylor will officiate and burial will follow in the City Memorial Park. Members of the family will receive friends at the church from 12 until 12:30 p.m., but will assemble at the residence at other times.

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Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Carpenter Family.