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Dallas

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1011 days ago

I know this is probably in the wrong place, but please bear with me.
My wife left East Central Texas a week and a half ago to visit with her father (86) and her mom, (84) {Or maybe it’s 39}.
She went because her dad was diagnosed with stage four cancer and had dropped about 60 lbs. from his fighting weight of 135.
Her mom is a great southern lady and had to go in for triple bypass surgery…. she’s been in A-fib about 3 or 4 times now since the surgery.
The wife’s dad often doesn’t know who she is, and at times becomes so hateful and spiteful that he’s not anything close to himself. He almost can’t even read anymore and can’t write at all.

He was at one time in a former life, the owner of a gas station in Pinebluff, NC when US 1 was only a two lane track. Later he went on to become a woodshop teacher at the local High School, (Aberdeen, NC) and taught many a young man how to make a saw cut straight, how to figure and angle and how to make a living. He knew more about power tools, hand tools and craftsmanship than just about any man I’ve ever met.

Maybe you were one of those young men that he taught.

His name is Billy Carpenter, and will soon not be with us anymore. It will be a great loss of a real teacher, a great man and a personal friend.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!


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BarbS

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#1 posted 1011 days ago

He is obviously well-loved. These things are never easy, nor should they be, really. It’s good, though, that his life ‘mattered’ to so many. What more can be said of a man’s life, than that he touched so many others in a good way?
Thanks for sharing your tribute. And God bless.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 1011 days ago

i couldnt have said it any better than Barb. I echo her sentiments

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Knothead62

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#3 posted 1009 days ago

My thoughts and prayers for the family.

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Bertha

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#4 posted 1009 days ago

He sounds like a man that many here would have been inspired by; it’s possible that some were directly.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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doordude

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#5 posted 1009 days ago

my thoughts and prayers go out to your family. i’m sure he inspired some to pick up the tools and create something

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Dallas

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#6 posted 1007 days ago

Thanks All.

He passed away this morning about 01:00 ET.

He was ready to go and is finally at peace..

Thanks to everyone who sent prayers and good thoughts his way, he is no longer in any kind of pain or suffering.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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