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Dr. Richard Allen "Wayne" Carpenter, DDS, age 90, of Beebe Arkansas, passed away on August 23, 2022. He was born July 30, 1932, in Beebe, He was the son of Minnie Bell Taylor and Allen Wayne Carpenter. He now joins his wife Eldean Screeton of sixty years so they can be together in eternal love.
After graduating high school at Beebe High, Wayne joined the United States Air Force and was assigned to Lackland Air Force Base, where he developed a love for dentistry. Ultimately, he obtained the rank of Lt. Colonel in the National Guard. That love carried him, Eldean, and five children through dental school and he graduated despite many obstacles. He was awarded the 1st hardship award (raising four children and graduating dental school) named after Marion L. Fuller for persistence above and beyond.
He graduated the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1960. He was a past member of the Arkansas State Dental Association and practiced dentistry for 48 ½ years.
He was a private pilot, was of Baptist faith and taught science courses for 4 years at Central Baptist College in Conway. His achievements as a Mason from 1954 on included:
Past Master Beebe Lodge #145
Past High Priest Bald Knob Lodge
Past Commander Bald Knob Lodge
Past 32nd Degree Mason, Scottish Rite, and Yorkshire Bald Knob Lodge
Past Scimitar Bald Knob Lodge
Past Worthy Patron Beebe Chapter – Eastern Star #248
Known by some as Wayne, he was preceded in death by his dear wife Eldean Screeton Carpenter, his parents, two children Richard Dean and Allen Fitzgerald, one Grandchild Travis, brother-in-law Billy Screeton, Great Grandchild Courtney Dean and Great Grandchild Lance Corporal Quinson Bullock.
He is survived by a wonderful family and friend(s) including:
Daughter, Elizabeth A. Carpenter
Sons: David (Maria) Carpenter of Sherwood, AR. and Terry W. (Beth) Carpenter of Fayetteville, AR.
Grandsons: Chad Bullock & Tyson Bullock, Richard Allen JR & Richard Dean II, Wade, Terry Jr., Ross Allen, Taylor Richard Allen III, Christopher, Antonio Zaffino, David A Carpenter Bangkok, Richard A Carpenter Bangkok
Granddaughters: Piper Setter, Kesha Zaffino, Angela Grace, Alexandra Howland, Tiffany Ashcraft
Many Great Grand Children: Samantha Phillips, Brooke Ostoie, Ovinter, Clay Elizabeth Cody Bullock, Aden, Lane, and Fowler, and Great-Great Grand Children: Tana, Rena and Phillips.
Services will be held at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe, AR. The Visitation will be on Sunday, August 28, 2022, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and the funeral service will be on Monday, August 29 at 10:00 A.M., Interment to be at Sylvania Cemetery immediately following. All donations or gifts should be made to the Beebe Chapter of the Eastern Star Lodge. Arrangements by Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home. www.smithfamilycares.com/westbrook
Sunday, August 28, 2022
3:00 - 5:00pm (Central time)
Monday, August 29, 2022
Starts at 10:00am (Central time)
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