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“So sorry to hear about your Dad (a little late, but don't get around much anymore). I wish I could have been there for you and the family. Your...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Betty Barton Chunn - Montgomery, TX

“Liebe Helga, Kelly, Denise, Thomas und Scott, wir schicken Euch ganz viel Kraft und denken an Euch!Yvonne, Silas, HansGabi, Thomas und Christopher ”
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“i was so sad to hear that Mr. James passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Melinda Bertrand Bella - LA

“I am so sorry for your loss. I just found out about this or I would have been at the services. It was a pleasure sitting with Mr James for that short...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Deb Price - Stephensville, LA

“Our prayers and condolences to the Carpenter family. From the staff of: Jewelie's Boutique Lafayette, LA ”
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“Scott Helga and family, I returned from vacation today only to learn of Mr. James passing. You have my deepest sympathy. I know you and Scott took...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Karen Ordogne - Berwick, LA

“Met Jim and Helga when I was transferred to Lake Charles from Dallas, with Otis Engineering corporation in 1961, I was sent to Morgan City, and years...Read More »
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“Miss Helga my condolences to you and your family ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Ronald Dupre - Ricohoc, LA

“With our deepest condolences from the morning crew at McDonalds. You will always be in our hearts and will never be forgotten. Keep those jokes going...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Denise Frederick - Bayou Vista, LA

“Very sorry to hear about Mr. James. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family . ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Larry Topham - Morgan City, LA

“Was very sorry to hear about Mr. James.....My prayers are with the entire family.. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Larry Topham - Morgan City, LA

“Sending my sympathy to the Carpenter family. So Sorry for your loss. I worked with him at Tideland Welding. Rest in Peace Mr. James. I will be...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Floyd LeBlanc - Franklin, LA

“So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with yall during this difficult time. ”
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Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Patterson for James E. Carpenter, a native of Calvin, LA and a longtime resident of Patterson was called home to be with the Lord at the age of 84 on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Interment will follow in the Morgan City Cemetery. Rev. Mark Norwood, Rev. Joe Thibeau, and Rev. Lamar Carpenter will conduct the services. Serving as pallbearers will be Justin Carpenter, Adam Vaccarella, Carson Vaccarella, Matthew Carpenter, Denis Gravois, and Peter Vaccarella. Honorary pallbearers will be John Garrett, Jack Bice, John Carpenter, Wesley McReynolds, Bob Watson, and Jerry Boyles.

Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for the visitation on Thursday at First Baptist Church from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:00 p.m.

James was a very hard working father and provider for his family who was devoted to his oilfield skill of wireline operator and services, eventually becoming a business owner for many, many years. James and his wife, Helga founded and operated Slickline Services, Inc. in 1979 and successfully operated the business until they sold their business many years later. James continued his career in the wireline industry consulting for over ten years for Superior Energy Services, before retiring in 2013 at the age of 80.

James always loved cooking and spent many hours reading his hundreds of cookbooks and years of preparing and serving up his "surprise" dishes to his beloved family and friends. There was never a hungry guest at his home. James also enjoyed his garden and grew many wonderful vegetables that he proudly shared with all family and friends.

Above all James loved his family, his children and grandchildren, and in his way, shared and taught to them his most valuable characteristic, that of a very strong work ethic and desire to work hard to succeed. He loved and shared the many years of his life with his wife Helga, "Peanuts", who he knew was truly "one of a kind". "James, Jim, Dad, Paw, John Wayne, the Duke" as he was known and loved by his many family members and friends will be sadly missed.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Helga "Peanuts" Benkert Carpenter; four children, Thomas H. Carpenter, Denise Carpenter Gravois and her husband Denis, Kelly Carpenter Vaccarella and her husband Peter, and Scott Carpenter; two sisters, Patsy Carpenter and Polly Carpenter Witt; and six grandchildren, Justin, Adam, Carson, Matthew, Sarah, and Hannah.

He was preceded in death by his son, Eddie Carpenter; one grandson, Michael Thomas, his parents, Frank and Edith Carpenter; and one brother, Lanis Dale Carpenter.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in James' name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014, 1-800-708-7644,

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert's Mortuary, Inc., 1111 Lia Street, Patterson, LA 70392, (985) 395-7873.