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Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home

522 Wilkesboro Blvd Se, Lenoir, NC

OBITUARY

Steven Venoi Corpening

April 16, 1947August 25, 2020
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Mr. Steven Venoi Corpening, 73, of Lenoir passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.

Mr. Corpening was born April 16, 1947 in Caldwell County to the late Charles Corpening and Ruby Dula Corpening.

In addition to his parents, two brothers, Edward Charles Corpening, and Humphrey Jerome Corpening preceded him in death.

Mr. Corpening was a loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather who cherished the time he spent with his family. Mr. Corpening took over in the family business that was started by his father, Venoi Corpening Hardwood Flooring. Venoi was a member of Faith Tabernacle Church in Whitnel. Venoi was one of the first African American officers to serve on the Lenoir Police Department and he also served on the Caldwell County Sheriff Department. Mr. Corpening had the honor of serving as a bodyguard for Civil Rights Activist, Dr. Ralph Abernathy when he visited Lenoir. He was also was given the honor of serving as a bodyguard for President Ronald Reagan during his presidential campaign when he visited Morganton. He was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He was honored to receive a Good Conduct Medal and a National Defense Service Medal.

Those left to Cherish his memory include his wife, Gloria Diane Corpening of the home, two sons, Kareem Corpening and wife Angela of Everett Washington, Jovante Marcellino of Lenoir, daughter, Stephanie Benson of Duvall, Washington, brother, James Corpening of Lenoir, sister, Natalie Johnson and husband Ronald of Lenoir, two aunts, Betty Boston of Winston Salem and Annie Margaret Corpening of New York.

Also left to cherish his memory are five grandchildren, Kathleen Corpening, Merrick Corpening, Kainaan Corpening, Daryl Benson, Steven Benson, Jakaden Marcellino and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

A home-going service to honor Mr. Corpening will be held on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home with Pastor Rocky Dula officiating. Burial will follow the service at Dulatown Cemetery in Lenoir. Military Honors will be provided by the United States Marine Corps and the Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service, from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jerron Johnson, Merrick Corpening, Kainaan Corpening, Steven Benson, Tyler Johnson, Jovante Marcellano and an honorary pallbearer, Damon Corpening.

Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Steven Venoi Corpening.

  • FAMILY

  • Wife--Gloria Diane Corpening
    Son-- Kareem Corpening and wife Angela
    Son-- Jovante Marcellino
    Daughter, Stephanie Benson
    Brother, James Corpening
    Sister, Natalie Johnson and husband Ronald
    Grandchild--Kathleen Corpening,
    Grandchild--Merrick Corpening
    Graandchild-- Kainaan Corpening
    Grandchild-- Daryl Benson
    Grandchild--Steven Benson
    Grandchild--Jakaden Marcellino

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jerron Johnson
  • Merrick Corpening
  • Kainaan Corpening
  • Steven Benson
  • Tyler Johnson
  • Jovante Marcellino
  • Damon Corpening

Services

  • Receiving of Friends

    Monday, August 31, 2020

  • Home-Going Service

    Monday, August 31, 2020

Memories

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Tommy Lipford

September 5, 2020

To Diane: I would like to give you my condolences, Venoi was a great person and a good friend to me he will be truly missed
God Bless you and your family!
Tommy Lipford

mary norwood

September 1, 2020

To my family our love and prayers have been for you,and will continue to be with you during this difficult time.
Venoi was such a kind person we were blessed to have him in our family.
Love Rev. and Mary Alice Norwood

Lenoir Police

August 31, 2020

Our sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Steven Venoi Corpening. Mr. Corpening served a total of 6 years with our agency, being hired as a Patrolman on July 16, 1972 under the leadership of Chief George Martin. November 1976 marked his promotion to a position in the Detective Division. He later resigned from our office on June 2, 1978. We appreciate his dedication and desire to assist the citizens of Lenoir, as well as that of our country. May he rest in peace and his loved ones find comfort in the days ahead. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Betty Ferguson

August 31, 2020

To My Cousin Diane , Stephanie, Kareem, Javonte and the entire Corpening Family.
May the Lord grant each of you comfort and peace during this most difficult time. Just know that Venoi leaves you with many happy memories and love. There was no finer person on this earth he was like a brother, always there for my children and I no matter what the need was.
I know each of your hearts are heavy with grief and saddest, there are no words I can say to replace your pain, just know my children and I are always here just a phone call away, we love you and will continue to pray for your daily strength in the difficult days ahead. Venoi's presence will always be with us and he will always be remembered in our hearts as he gone to live with the Lord in Glory.
Betty Marie, Roderick and Adrie Ferguson

Ida Danner

August 30, 2020

Dear Diane, I'm sure no words could begin to sooth you for the loss of Venoi. I just want you to know I feel your pain as well. Your family has become my family. I pray strength for you and the family and that God will keep you comforted in the days ahead. Love Tootsie

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Biography

Mr. Steven Venoi Corpening, 73, of Lenoir passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.
Mr. Corpening was born April 16, 1947 in Caldwell County to the late Charles Corpening and Ruby Dula Corpening.
In addition to his parents, two brothers, Edward Charles Corpening, and Humphrey Jerome Corpening preceded him in death.
Mr. Corpening was a loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather who cherished the time he spent with his family. Mr. Corpening took over in the family business that was started by his father, Venoi Corpening Hardwood Flooring. Venoi was a member of Faith Tabernacle Church in Whitnel. Venoi was one of the first African American officers to serve on the Lenoir Police Department and he also served on the Caldwell County Sheriff Department. Mr. Corpening had the honor of serving as a bodyguard for Civil Rights Activist, Dr. Ralph Abernathy when he visited Lenoir. He was also was given the honor of serving as a bodyguard for President Ronald Reagan during his presidential campaign when he visited Morganton. He was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He was honored to receive a Good Conduct Medal and a National Defense Service Medal.
Those left to Cherish his memory include his wife, Gloria Diane Corpening of the home, two sons, Kareem Corpening and wife Angela of Everett Washington, Jovante Marcellino of Lenoir, daughter, Stephanie Benson of Duvall, Washington, brother, James Corpening of Lenoir, sister, Natalie Johnson and husband Ronald of Lenoir, two aunts, Betty Boston of Winston Salem and Annie Margaret Corpening of New York.
Also left to cherish his memory are five grandchildren, Kathleen Corpening, Merrick Corpening, Kainaan Corpening, Daryl Benson, Steven Benson, Jakaden Marcellino and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
A home-going service to honor Mr. Corpening will be held on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home with Pastor Rocky Dula officiating. Burial will follow the service at Dulatown Cemetery in Lenoir.
Military Honors will be provided by the United States Marine Corps and the Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service, from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jerron Johnson, Merrick Corpening, Kainaan Corpening, Steven Benson, Tyler Johnson, Jovante Marcellano and an honorary pallbearer, Damon Corpening.
Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com.
Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Steven Venoi Corpening.

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