Dorothy Ivey Carpenter of Clinton, MS, age 83, died Thursday, March 25, 2010 at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center from heart failure following surgery.
A native of McNair, MS, she was a 1943 graduate of Jefferson County Agricultural High School where she was the valedictorian. After attending Draughon's Business College, Copiah Lincoln Junior College and Mississippi College, she went back to her high school alma mater to teach for two years where she met and married her husband of 64 years, N. W. "Wilbur" Carpenter, Jr. She later attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where she received her Bachelor of Religious Education degree. In 1952, after moving to Newton, MS, she served as secretary to the President of Clark College, Dr. William Earl Greene. In 1954, after moving to Clinton, MS, she served as secretary to the Presidents of Mississippi College, Dr. D. M. Nelson and Dr. R. A. McLemore until 1960. She returned to Mississippi College in 1978 and worked in the Graduate and Continuing Education offices. She attended Mississippi College and received her Master of Science in Communications degree in 1984. She later was appointed to the post of Director of Continuing Education where she served for several years until her retirement in 1992. While serving in that post, she had an opportunity to bring the Elderhostel Program to Mississippi College. She served as State Director of Elderhostel for the state of Mississippi where she was able to travel extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Mrs. Carpenter was a former member of First Baptist Church of Clinton and Northminster Baptist Church of Jackson and was recently a member of Northside Baptist Church of Clinton where she was a member of the Coffee Cup Sunday School class. She was a member of the Clinton Study Club and the Faculty Wives Club of Mississippi College.
Mrs. Carpenter is survived by her husband, N. W. "Wilbur" Carpenter of Clinton, her son and daughter in law, Don and Lacy Carpenter of Clinton, her granddaughter, Ashley Carpenter, also of Clinton and several other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Monday at Northside Baptist Church in Clinton. Visitation will Sunday from 4 to 6 PM at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home in Clinton and 10 AM Monday until the time of the service at Northside Baptist Church in Clinton. Interment will follow in Lakewood Memorial Park in Jackson.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the men and women of the Coffee Cup Sunday School Class at Northside Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.