Jesse Dwight


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Jesse Dwight Carpenter

Aug 08 1943 - Nov 03 2005

Jess was born on August 8, 1943 in Dallas and passed away on November 3, 2005 at his home in Garland, TX, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. A wonderful husband, devoted father, loving grandfather (PawPaw), and friend, Jess will be greatly missed, but Heaven has gotten a little sweeter. He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart Carla Jane (Janie) Ford whom he married on June 22, 1962 in Lancaster, Texas; daughters Christy Baxter and husband Shane of Richardson, Misty Laird and husband Grant, Jr., of Garland; grandchildren Jessica and Amanda Laird and Courtney, Kelly and Trevor Baxter; brother-in-law A.D. Ford and wife Dorothy of Granbury; mother-in-law, Pearl Ford of Arlington; father, D.H. Carpenter and brother Joe and wife Annette of Grand Prairie; special nieces and nephew, Becky Rooks, Laurie DeLeon, and Roger Ford, all of Arlington. Mr. Carpenter was preceded in death by his mother, Viola Meek; brother, Donnel and sister, Patricia. Jess was an outstanding high school and college football player, attending Texas Tech and Arlington State College (UTA) on an athletic scholarship. His 1966 ASC Southland Conference Co-Champion team was recently inducted into the UTA Hall of Honor. He and Carla, both avid golfers, are longtime members of Oakridge Country Club, where they have shared many good times with their wonderful friends. Jess was Vice President of Sales for Calmark Homes in Rockwall, TX and had worked in the homebuilding business for over 30 years, which included Centennial Homes, Fox & Jacobs and U.S. Homes. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, November 9, 2005 in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel with George Baker (Highland Oaks Church of Christ) officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park with a reception to follow at Oakridge Country Club. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30, Tuesday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.
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