Charles Alvin Carpenter
April 18, 1927-April 22, 2014
Dorothy Mae Meade Carpenter
Jan. 10, 1929-July 2, 2014
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service in honor of Charles and Dorothy at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Pistol River Friendship Hall. A potluck will follow.
Charles Alvin was born in Crescent City, California, to Asa LeRoy and Pauline Isabel Brokaw Carpenter.
The youngest of four siblings, his older brothers LeRoy Edward and Ivan Wayne passed on in the 1970s. His sister Doris Lorena Turner lives in Nesika Beach.
Charles lived in the Carpenterville area of Curry County, all 87 years of his life. He made his living, proficient in all aspects, in logging, and was known to be a very adept “cat skinner.” In his younger years he was a school track star and also could be found playing slide guitar at local dances, where he caught Dorothy’s eye with his dark curly hair and handsome good looks.
Dorothy Mae was born in Blythe, California, to Joseph Tuttle and Flora Mae Prather Mead. Dorothy’s older sister Nellie and younger sister Jo Ann preceded her in death.
The lives of Dorothy and Charles intersected in the 1940s when her family moved to Curry County, and bought the Log Center — a travel stop and gas station — south of Pistol River on what is now known as Carpenterville Road.
Dorothy was very active in the community, as a member of the Friendship Club and Sewing Club, and selling Avon. Dorothy drove the school bus for the Pistol River School before there was even a bus. She first used her station wagon and then a van to transport the students who fondly remember her as their “favorite bus driver.” Dorothy was a member and officer of the Gold Beach Al-Anon, longtime member of Aglow International, member of the Cape Sebastian Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and worked in the needlework department for the Curry County Fair for more than 30 years. She will be greatly missed at the Gold Beach Foursquare Church where there was seldom a Sunday service or a Wednesday Bible study that she did not attend.
Charles and Dorothy married on March 20, 1948, and this past March celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
They leave behind, and will be missed greatly by their six children: Alvin Charles and wife Eileen, Joyce Warner, Rodney Allen and wife Vickie, Rickey Joe, Rockey Lee and wife Shelley, and Karen Lee and husband John Omlin. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.
Submitted by the family.