John D Carpenter

January 8, 1949June 5, 2021

John D. Carpenter, 72, passed away on June 5, 2021 after a long battle with complications resulting from a stroke. John was born to Dale and Eloise Carpenter in Zanesville, Ohio. John graduated from Heath High School, where he excelled in academics while playing basketball, baseball, and golf. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration and graduated Summa Cum Laude at Bowling Green State University. BGSU is also where John met his loving wife, Pamela Carpenter. John went on to earn his M.S. at the University of Illinois and was a James Webb Young Scholar. He started his career at Needham Harper & Steers Advertising in Chicago and later worked at the J. M. Smucker Company (Smucker’s) in Ohio as the Director of Marketing Services. John and his family eventually moved to Birmingham, Alabama where he later retired from Slaughter Group as the Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Planning.

John was a loving husband and father who wanted the best for everyone. Many remember his love for watching his daughter play softball and the stories he shared about his family’s trips and milestones. He loved traveling with his family, getting breakfast at Edgar’s Bakery, and watching sports. John was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church and often served as an usher on many Sundays.

John is preceded in death by his mother and father; sister and brother-in-law Annette Spinks (Tom); brother Alan Parry; nephew Richard Parry; and niece Carole Parry. John is survived by his wife Pam; daughters Amanda and Erin; brothers-in-law Kevin and David Brown; sisters-in-law Nancy Parry, Wendy Brown, and Julie Brown; and many nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed, especially during fall weekends when the Ohio State Buckeyes are playing football. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to Special Olympics. A memorial service will be scheduled in Ohio at a later date.


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Judy Beck

June 13, 2021

Pam, Erin and Amanda,
My love and thoughts are with you as you manage through this difficult time. My first memory of John was when he and Pam got married and I was honored to be a part of their celebration. From that point on John also became a part of the Brown family. It was wonderful to have him as a part of the family and celebrate many joyous Brown occasions as well as the lives of those we lost.

John was very proud of his girls. I loved to hear him talk about Erin's softball, I know it brought him much joy. I also enjoyed our talk about sports, especially The Ohio State Buckeyes. I also will remember and know how much those Buckeye games meant to Amanda and her Dad. The last opportunity I had to talk to John was a zoom call before the semi-final game of the National Championship with Ohio State against Clemson. What a game, I wish I could have talked to him after that game. John keep looking down on those Buckeyes. They always need that support from a fan like you.
With much love to you all.

Mandy Lamb

June 8, 2021

I had the great pleasure to work with John for a number of years at Slaughter Group. I always admired his talent and quiet leadership style, providing a steady hand, positive outlook, and comforting advice when it was needed most.

At the time, Amanda and Erin were teenagers and although I never got to meet them I felt like I knew them very well. It was because John spoke of his family at every opportunity. It was clear that his wife and daughters were his world. I’ll never forget John making a million phone calls to find a VW bug to surprise Amanda in for her 16th birthday. I also distinctly remember how involved he was with Erin’s softball career and her college recruitment. He was always so proud of his girls achievements.

My heart was heavy when I read of John’s passing. I hurt for his family and hope they know how much he loved them. The world lost a good man.

Laura Bullard

June 8, 2021

Pam, Erin and Amanda,
We were shocked when Taylor told us the sad news of John's passing. We were also so very sorry to learn of the tough time he had after the stroke. We all have very fond memories of days at the ballpark and all the softball games the two Johns coached together. We have donated to the Special Olympics in honor of John who was a very special, caring soul. I think he would have done anything for anybody at anytime if he was asked. We lost one of the good ones.
Sending love to you all,
John and Laura Bullard

Dana Wright

June 7, 2021

Pam, Amanda, and Erin,

I am so sorry to hear about John’s passing. He was such a wonderful person and I will never forget when Amanda turned 16 . Y’all drove to OMMS in the green VW beetle car Amanda has always talked about wanting when she turned 16. It was the sweetest memory, I remember y’all were going to take her to drive it (with a little help from dad). I use to see them at Panera getting breakfast after she finished school. He was so proud of her working at Tazikis and the joy of pride/love on his face. I made a donation to Special Olympics in his memory. You all are in my prayers. Love each of you.

Dana Wright