Donald Hoke Carpenter
March 31, 1936 – November 6, 2020
Donald Hoke Carpenter, 84, passed away November 6, 2020, surrounded by his loving wife and daughters. Born in Catawba County, NC on March 31, 1936, he was the son of the late Leonard Hoke Carpenter and Hilda Yount Carpenter. We will remember him as a caring Christian man, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and trusted friend. He believed in doing what was right and lived by that philosophy in his business life as well as his personal life. His presence will always be felt in the lives of those he loved. All who knew him will miss him, and the example he set will be a constant and eternal gift to us.
He was baptized and confirmed at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Claremont, NC. His early education was in Claremont and he attended NC State before transferring to Lenoir Rhyne College (now University), graduating in 1958 with a degree in Business Administration and Economics. Don was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. After graduation he served for two years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, later serving in the NC Air National Guard. In June 1960, he married the former Janice Carpenter of Catawba County. He spent the next 60 years loving her and building a family with her and helping others. His devotion to and love for his family and his God were the foundation of his life.
After serving as a bank examiner with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, in 1962 Don joined First Citizens Bank in Charlotte, NC. In 1964, he moved with his wife and young daughters to Raleigh where at the bank’s headquarters he served in City Executive and then Regional Executive roles throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In the Raleigh and Triangle area executive roles, he contributed to the bank’s and his customers’ successes and completed 28 years of service to his community with First Citizens. He was an active member of Robert Morris Associates (now the Risk Management Association), an organization advancing the use of sound risk management principles in the financial services industry.
Throughout his banking career in Raleigh, Don was involved in the city's growth. His civic involvement included serving as Vice President and Treasurer of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce in addition to serving on the Chamber’s Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Trustees of Wake Technical Community College, as well as President of the Wake Technical Community College Foundation. He sat on the Board of Governors of the Capital City Club. He was on the Board of Directors of the Business Development Corporation of North Carolina and served as its Treasurer. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Housing Improvement Corporation. Another contribution was his service as Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the American Cancer Society of North Carolina.
During the 1990s, in addition to investing in and managing his real estate properties, Don worked with the NC State Board of Mortuary Science (now the NC Board of Funeral Service) to administer its Preneed Program (for which the NC General Assembly had shifted the responsibility from the NC Banking Commission in 1992). In 1998, he and Janice moved to Kinston, where he served as the first president of The Little Bank.
Returning to Raleigh in 2001, Don concentrated on remodeling his and Janice’s primary residence, where he also enjoyed gardening and landscaping. He loved boxwoods and dogwoods. Don could fix anything in the house or yard. During his life he enjoyed vintage VW and Ford Mustang convertibles, and he once built a Bradley GT II car from a kit. Watching NC State basketball and football games as well as NASCAR races were favorite pastimes.
In connection with the management of his properties, Don was grateful to Amadeo Almazan Pineda and Thomas Wooten for their help.
Don served in multiple leadership positions at his beloved St. Philip Lutheran Church for over 55 years and was instrumental in the church’s move in the 1970s from New Bern Avenue to its present location on Falls of Neuse Road. He served as Chairman of the Building Committee, overseeing the building of a new church, and was Chairman at the time of new additions, including a new sanctuary. Don served on the Church Council and was President of the congregation several times. He also served on the Pastoral Selection Committee and played a key role in the addition of the church’s columbarium.
He is survived by his wife, Janice; daughter Andrea and husband Robert Newman of Chapel Hill; daughter Natalie and fiancé’ Craig Wise of Raleigh; grandson Brennan Beck of Charlotte; sister Barbara Carpenter Moser of Clarkesville, GA; sister Sue Karen Carpenter Falls of Claremont, NC; and several nieces and great-nieces.
There will be an outdoor service to celebrate Don’s life at 1 pm on Saturday, November 28th at St. Philip Lutheran Church, 7304 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27615. The family welcomes all who are comfortable to attend the service. They do kindly request that all guests follow social distancing and mask wearing protocols in place due to COVID-19. Brown-Wynne Funeral Home on Millbrook Road (www.brownwynneeastmillbrook.com) will have up-to-date information on the service and will be streaming the service live on its Facebook page.
Contributions in memory of Don may be made to St. Philip Lutheran Church.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Donald Hoke Carpenter
Kir k @ Donna Preiss
November 30, 2020
We just watched Don's Funeral yesterday. It was a great tribute to a wonderful person. The world is a better place because of Don. We are so sorry for your and our loss and we are praying for you and your family. We are always here for you.
Love, Kirk & Donna
Here is our Memory:
Donna and I first met Don and Janice almost 30 years ago in 1991 . We formed a Real Estate partnership called Carpenter Preiss for the purpose of buying, holding, and selling Residential Real Estate in the Downtown Raleigh area. The partnership was very successful, but the greatest success was our wonderful lifetime friendship and memories. From "business dinners" at Northridge to "business" Christmas Parties, Don and Janice are the best friends anyone could ever have. Don invested with us financially and as a mentor for us at a critical time in our company's growth and his legacy will live forever in our memories. Our business relation was full of Trust, Communication, Mutual Respect, Care for each other, and we always had Fun being together through good times and bad. It is no wonder that he was so successful in the community banking world!
November 15, 2020
I knew Don at First Citizens Bank when I was Vice President at American Defender Life Insurance Co.
May God bless and comfort you
Kate and Tony Decker
November 14, 2020
Although we did not have the opportunity to know Don Carpenter personally he sounds like an incredible man. We are blessed to have his amazing daughter, Andrea and her husband, Robert as a large part of our family.
God grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time. May your thoughts turn to beautiful memories of times together. Praying for you all and sending love.
November 13, 2020
Although I did not personally know Mr Carpenter, I have known his daughter, Natalie, for many years. She often talked of her love for her father and his love for his family. He will always be remembered as a remarkable man who served his community and was the perfect husband and father.. My prayers and thoughts will be with his family during this difficult time.
November 11, 2020
You can have my deepest sympathy.Don was a good friend to me.