East Funeral Home

602 Olive Street, Texarkana, TX


Gene Austin Carpenter

December 10, 1928July 19, 2020

Gene Austin Carpenter Sr. was born to Ogle and Elsie Carpenter On December 10, 1928 in Texarkana, Texas. Gene worked as a master printer for many years and later retired from East Funeral Home. He was called home to heaven on July 19th, 2020 at the age of 91 years.

For many years, Gene was known as an accomplished musician with different country bands in the city. He loved the lead guitar and had a beautiful singing voice. He enjoyed garage sales, hunting and fishing and could blow a duck call with his hands. He kept his family and friends laughing at his many antics and funny stories. Gene had many friends, never met a stranger, and enjoyed his life to the fullest. His nickname was " Bubba Gene " by friends and family and Grandpa Bub to his grandchildren. He was always delighted to know they could sing and play instruments as his musical talent was passed on to them. He loved to garden at his Genoa home and in the evenings, sit on his front porch with his dogs. Gene was a Christian all his life and knew where he would spend eternity.

Gene is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Ogle Carpenter Jr., his best friend, James " Sunny " Moten, and the mother of his children, Jean Hill.

He is survived by his son, Gene Carpenter Jr. , two daughters and sons-in-law, Hannah and Ed Witherspoon and Jeanette and Tom McLeod, all of Texarkana, Texas. Six grandchildren and their spouses William and Christina Yarnell of Austin, Texas, Ryan and Alexa Yarnell of Manhattan, Montana, Jeanna and David McDonald of Texarkana, Texas, Dale and Ximena Hobbs of Garland, Texas, Shawn Carpenter of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Amy and Jonny Wittrock of New Jersey and Shane and Lisa Hale of Linden, Texas. One sister and brother-in-law, Elsie and Tom Miller of Fairview, Texas, fourteen great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.

The family is very grateful to Dierkson Hospice nurses, Dr. Russell Mayo and Pastor Rufus Robinson and Arkansas Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, Texarkana, Arkansas, for their kindness and care of Mr. Carpenter.

Memorials in Mr. Carpenter's name may be made to Dierkson Hospice, Texarkana, Arkansas or a charity of your choice.

Private family graveside services will be held with his grandson, Rev. Dale Hobbs officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of East Funeral Home-Downtown.

Online tributes may be submitted to www.eastfuneralhomes.com


  • Private family graveside services will be held in the future.


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Laura Balmain

July 27, 2020

I know how much you loved your dad. You were faithful to the very end as he was welcomed into heaven by Jesus Himself. And we do not mourn as those you have no hope—we WILL see them again! God fill you with His peace!

David Malaby

July 24, 2020

Gene was at home in the woods hunting whatever was in season, and on the lake fishing for whatever was biting. It was my pleasure and privilege to have had him for a friend, and considered him family. My prayers for his family as he is surely missed.

Jeanette McLeod

July 23, 2020

Thank you all for these kind and touching comments. Our Dad was very precious to us and the memories of his fun and sweet spirit will live in our hearts always. We will miss him. Again , many thanks.

Peggy Thomas

July 22, 2020

I never saw Gene without a big smile on his face, a new joke on his lips and a beautiful merriment to his eyes. He usually had a recent adventure to share and it was always funny.
I know Heaven is gloriously celebrating his arrival just as we are mourning his going.
May his memory be forever in the hearts of his family and friends.

Jimmy & DiAnne Barfield

July 22, 2020

Jeanette & Family,
Saddened to read of the passing of your Father. Now we know where you got your beautiful voice and musical talent...through your Father by the grace of God. Would believe that your Father is singing and playing in Heaven for the angels and hope that thought will be of great comfort to all of the Family.

Robert Burke Burns

July 22, 2020

Spent some enjoyable times with Gene on fishing and hunting trips
as he went with my father, Paul A Burns, Southwest Printers. This
was in the 1950 - 60's as I was just a young man. He was fun and told funny stories. My father thought a lot of Gene and considered him a friend as well as a co-worker in the printing business. Happy to see he lead a long and productive life. Condolences to all his family...a good man was Gene Carpenter.

Edith Thomas

July 22, 2020

I only knew him through the hearts of his relatives. He was an amazing man. May peace come to all of his family.

Jene Hutcheson/Herring

July 22, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Prayers for the family.

Lynn Killett

July 22, 2020

Bro. Gene was our pastor many , many years ago ! the church was located at E. 16th & Stateline Ave. I was a child and went there with my mother Thelma Killett . I always enjoyed Bro. Gene singing and playing musical instrument's.

My sincere sympathy to the Carpenter Family !

Lou Ella Humphrey

July 21, 2020

So sorry to know of the loss of your dear dad. His final uphill journey was a difficult one and you have been faithful. Now he is at peace. He has not been at peace for a long time. He lived a beautiful life and he leaves behind a sweet legacy. May many treasured memories comfort you in this time of loss.