Edward Eugene Carpenter was born July 23, 1952 to Katherine Carpenter and Rev. Jessie Garner in Oak Ridge, TN. He attended Oak Ridge High School and received his Vocational Training Certification at ITT Tech.
Eugene proudly served his country as a U.S. Navy man, receiving an Honorable Discharge after several years of dutiful service. Returning home from the Navy, he worked at the Y-12 Plant. He would eventually retire as a Material Clerk after 30 years. Eugene was a member of True Light Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee and a member of the male chorus.
Eugene was a very talkative and joking person. Rarely a time did you not see a smile on his face. And with his smooth stroll, he always came dressed from head to toe. Also known as “DJ Fly,” he loved his music and was known for providing the best jams at special events.
Having a natural talent using his hands, on any given day, he would be under the hood of a truck or car. He loved to fix things! Eugene was a genuine person, loved by his neighbors and friends. Those who knew him treasured their lasting relationship and will miss him dearly.
His role as a loving husband and a devoted father was his greatest joy! Given a new nickname “New Gene” by his special son gave him much happiness and always made him smile.
Eugene departed this life on December 10, 2020 at Roane County Regional Medical Center in Harriman, TN.
He was preceded in death by his special parents, Freddie “Pop” (Louise) Hoskey; brother, William "Pluke" Carpenter and mother-in-law, Emma L. Kline.
Eugene is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Deborah Kay Carpenter of Kingston, TN; loving daughter, Shalaya Carpenter of Berea, KY; special daughters, Monica Bailey and Kayla Joines, both of Kingston, TN; special sons, Robert Buckmon of Berea, KY and Darren Bailey of Chattanooga, TN; mother, Katherine Carpenter of Oak Ridge, TN; father, Rev. Jessie Garner of Oak Ridge, TN; sister, Lynnette Carpenter of Oak Ridge, TN; special sisters, Arnetta (James) Bohanon of Knoxville, TN and Carolyn Hoskey of Nashville, TN; brother, Terry Carpenter of Oak Ridge, TN; special brother, Isaac Hoskey of Knoxville, TN; niece, Adara Carpenter of Oak Ridge, TN; devoted friends, Chester O’Brien and James Davidson, both of Oak Ridge, TN and a host of other family and friends.
Monday, December 21, 2020, a public walkthrough from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at True Light Missionary Baptist Church, 3229 George Light Road, Knoxville, TN. Social distancing and face coverings are required. A service will follow for immediate family and close friends then proceed to the interment at East TN Veterans Cemetery, 2200 Gov. John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN. Military honors and a white dove release will conclude the service. During this time, we will remain in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order #17 (COVID-19). Flowers may be delivered to the church the morning of the walkthrough. Service will be live-streamed at Facebook.com/ Pug Fuller Video. Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD 1-800-824-8283 or www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com.
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