Dr. Dana Carpenter
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The pains of death are just; Labor and sorrow cease. And life's long warfare has closed at last, Thy soul is found in peace.–James Montgomery. As was his quiet, serene nature and in his own way, Dana Carpenter, obtrusively entered into a fuller realm on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:38 PM. The sixth child of O.C. and Mary Payton Carpenter, a native of Natchitoches, Louisiana, Dana was born into a strong Christian environment. He attended the public schools of Natchitoches Parish where he exemplified himself as a scholarly leader, graduating with highest honors and as president of his class at Central High School. He was a graduate of Grambling State University with a B.S. degree in Speech and Drama and English Education; Northwestern State University with a M.A. degree in Speech Education: emphasis on Teaching, Administration and Supervision; and the PhD in Curriculum and Instruction and Higher Education from Kansas State University. As a devoted father and an astute educator, Dr. Carpenter modeled "a love for learning", not only to his own two children, but he exuded an enormous influence upon all who knew him; particularly the numerous students who were guided by his many years of educational involvement. His thirst for perfection can be seen in the many projects he wrote and directed to help other professionals improve the educational lives of students throughout his notable career. His outstanding career as a Speech and Drama teacher in the Calcasieu Parish School System, Lake Charles, Louisiana lead to his being recruited by Southern University. Upon arriving in Baton Rouge, he immediately became affiliated with the Richardson Chapel of Church and God in Christ. As a tenured Full Professor at Southern University, he served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and University College, and Director of Academic Outreach Programs during his career at the University. Dr. Carpenter is an inaugural member of the City of Baker School Board having served as its Board President for three terms. Some of his fraternal, civic and community activities included Former President of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Former Chairman of Capital Area Human Service District Board; EBR Parish School Board Advisory Council for Special Education Work Experience Program; Louisiana Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities and EBR Parish School Board Special Education Advisory Council. He leaves a legacy of beautiful memories to his beloved family; his wife State Representative, Dr. Barbara West Carpenter, Baker, Louisiana; his daughter, Erin Danyelle Carpenter; his son, Dr. Patrick Dana Carpenter (Christa M.), Saratoga Springs, New York; Five sisters, Mrs. Frankie C. Taylor, Fairfields, CA; Dr. Sandy C. Stevenson, Oakland, CA; Ms. Velviner Carpenter, Houston, TX; Ms. Barbara C. Walter, Oakland, Ca; Ms. Mary C. Roberson, Houston, TX., One brother, O.C. Carpenter (Wyntra), Houston, TX; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Visitation Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:00 am until religious service at 11:00 am, Mt. Pilgrim Family Life Center, 9700 Scenic Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA. Kappa Service to begin at 10:00 am. Bishop Charles H. Gordon officiating. Entombment Heavenly Gates Cemetery of Baton Rouge, 10633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA. Services entrusted to Hall Davis and Son. www.halldavisandson.com

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Published in The Advocate from Apr. 18 to Apr. 20, 2019.
08:00 - 11:00 AM
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May 11, 2019
Dear Soror Carpenter,
I was saddened to learn of the passing of your husband, Dana. I just read his obituary and was sorry I could not attend the funeral services. I will acknowledge the request for donations to the Baker Independent School District, which is a great charitable cause.
Soror Carolyn Perkins-Frank
Houston, TX
May 8, 2019
Earnestine Strong Wallace
April 30, 2019
Dr. Barbara, Erin, and Patrick: As you reflect on the life and times of your beloved Dr. Dana, my prayer is that God will strengthen you and give you peace. I hope that the love and compassion of family and friends help to sustain you as your hearts heal. Be encouraged and be blessed.
Robert and Katie Smith
April 26, 2019
To the West-Carpenter family, on behalf of the Lelia H. Taylor family, sincerest condolences & prayers to all of you on Dr.
Dana Carpenter's transition. We are deeply sorry for your loss. When you have done all that you can, the best that you can, for as long as you can, the rest is in the LORD'S hands. My mother, Lelia H Taylor, worked with Dr. Dana for several years in the Southern University Communications Skills Center, a special program in SU's Junior Division. During my tenure as a Southern student, I saw "Doc Dana" on nearly a daily basis and have known only kind things about him. I'm acquainted with his widow, a sister-in-law, 3 brothers-in-law, and his deceased parents-in-law. May the LORD'S comfort, strength, peace, and love be with all who knew and love "Doc Dana" as he begins his eternal life. HUGS & Prayers to all!
Eileen A Taylor
April 25, 2019
Dr. Carpenter I regret I could not attend the service as was attending a funeral for a close first cousin in Morgan City. My family has you in prayer for the loss of your soul mate. We will really miss him as I am sure you will. Please call on me to help you in any way. Regards Rinaldi
Rinaldi Jacobs
April 23, 2019
With heart felt condolences and kindest thoughts in your time of sorrow.
Jewell Ricard
April 22, 2019
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Alma C. Stewart
April 21, 2019
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Praying for the Carpenter family. Love you Dr. Barbara Carpenter.
Your former student,

Gwendolyn Gilyard
Gwendolyn Gilyard
April 21, 2019
Thank you Dr. Carpenter for exemplifying true manliness as a Christian, Husband, Father, Leader, Educator, Mentor, and a Brother. You are greatly loved and appreciated. Brother LaSalle
Dr. Hilton LaSalle
April 21, 2019
So sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Carpenter. He was my high school drama teacher in the 1970s at Southern University Lab School. He encouraged me to join the debate team, try out for plays and take my hand at Extemporaneous Speaking. He was a great teacher, mentor and coach. I have fond memories of Dr. Carpenter.
Rosalyn Gist Porter
April 21, 2019
A beautiful sole gone too soon. My condolences to the family especially to my lifetime mentor Dr. Barbara Carpenter. May God bless you and your children during your time of grief.
Delores Pointer
April 20, 2019
Prayers and condolences to the Carpenter Family.
Earlene Crumpton
April 20, 2019
Sending heartfelt condolences to the family for your great loss. Please know that so many others share your grief for the loss of Dr. Carpenter. We are praying in behalf of th family for God to provide the needed comfort and support from relatives and friends during your time of bereavement and beyond.
April 19, 2019
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James Ammons
April 19, 2019
Our condolences to the family of Dr. Dana Carpenter. May God keep you in prefect peace. Delta Upsilon Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Waco, Texas.
April 19, 2019
I remember how caring and devoted he was to his daughter Erin. To see them together was a beautiful picture.
Barbara, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Cherryl Matthews
April 19, 2019
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Freddie Pitcher
April 19, 2019
We offer our dear friend Barbara and and the entire Carpenter family, our love, our prayers, and our condolences during your time of bereavement.
Freddie & Harriet Pitcher
April 19, 2019
Dr. Carpenter had a good heart and a gentle spirit. He will be missed. Prayers go out to you, Dr. Barbara Carpenter, and the family.
Linda Lassiter
April 19, 2019
Our heartfelt sympathy to the family. Dr. Carpenter worked with my daughter in the 1990's in a summer youth program at SU. He was always a kind, calm, gentleman with a helpful spirit. He made an enormous impact on my family. He was such a blessing and a positive influence on anyone that had the pleasure of knowing him. He will be dearly missed.
Stephanie Bailey
April 19, 2019
Dr. Carpenter, sorry about the death of your husband. God has open arms for him. Hold on to the memories that you shared with him.
Nettie Robinson, Retired Southern University
April 19, 2019
My condolences to the family.
I worked with Dr. Carpenter in the 80's. He was a wonderful man, quiet spirit.
Cheryl Smith Lavallais
April 19, 2019
Dr. Carpenter was a great man. He possessed a quite sprit and a big heart.

My deepest condolences to his family
Randy Bates
April 19, 2019
Barbara, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. May God grant you peace during these difficult days ahead.
Barbara Freiberg
April 19, 2019
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Dr. JacQueline Lawton
April 19, 2019
Here stood a quiet gentle caring giant of a man. To know him was to love him! My prayers and condolences go out to his family, as Brother Carpenter goes from labor to Heavenly Reward.
Donald Parker, M.D.
April 19, 2019
I extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of Brother Dr. Carpenter during your time of bereavement.
Dexter Booth
April 19, 2019
Extending our heartfelt condolences to the Family of Dr. Dana Carpenter. Praying the love of God, family, and friends enfold you as you journey through your bereavement.
Ginger F. Smith & Family
April 18, 2019
A super educater and a beautiful personality. He has contributed a great deal to Southern University and the Baton Rouge community.
Matthew Pitts
April 18, 2019
Praying your strength in the Lord, family.
Barbara D Johnson
April 18, 2019
Praying for the family. He will be truly missed.
Pat Robinson
April 18, 2019
Words may not fully suffice to express the sorrow we feel for the passing of Dr. Carpenter. Please accept my condolences. You are in my prayers. Jeremiah 29:11
April 18, 2019
Much love to you Barbara and family. Dana was Chantay's father figure and a great friend to me. I speak of you and Dana often. Deepest sympathy from
Brenda Jackson Canty and family
Chantay Canty Doyle and little Chantia and family
Brenda Canty
April 18, 2019
The Southwestern Education Leadership Training Foundation (SELTF) Of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. pauses to acknowledge the participation of Brother Carpenter as a board member and for his long service as the Scholarship Committee Chairman. He was instrumental in establishing and developing the scholarship program of the foundation which provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who are members of the fraternity and a member of a chapter in our region. Brother Carpenter was a great Brother who was committed to the purposes of Kappa Alpha Psi. His work and his personality will be missed.
Our condolences and heart felt sympathies are extended to Brother Carpenter's family.
God Bless you,
Willie High Coleman, Jr.
SELTF, President
April 18, 2019
Condolences extended to the Carpenter family from an extremely grateful student.
LC Tyson
April 18, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Barbara Conant DeCuir
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