John A. Carpenter
John Ashby Carpenter, 63, of Shenandoah Junction, passed away peacefully at University Healthcare-WVU Medicine-East-Berkeley Medical Center Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 with his family by his side. John died as a result of complications related to COVID-19.
He was born March 12, 1957 in Martinsburg, to the late Ralph and Betty Carpenter.
John was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, graduating from Jefferson High School in 1975. He also received an associate degree from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in 2009.
John had many jobs throughout his lifetime. His early employment was with Halltown Paperboard and then with Dixie Narco until it closed. His final move was to the Jefferson County, WV School System. John worked different jobs during his years. He started as a custodian at Shepherdstown Junior High School and ended with the maintenance department as a carpenter.
John had many friends and never really met a stranger.
He was also a dedicated member of Grace Baptist Church in Shenandoah Junction where he served on the maintenance staff and a trustee of the church.
John was also a member of the Mason Lodge Elk Branch No 93 in Shenandoah Junction.
John loved to do crossword puzzles, listen to classic rock, work out at the gym and especially mowing grass.
He would spend his whole summer mowing grass for others. John was a great family man and his family was always his number one priority.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Diana Ferrell Carpenter; two beautiful daughters, Angel Jordan and husband Eric, of Shenandoah Junction, and Amanda Staubs and husband Kyle, of Ranson. His four grandchildren, Noah Jordan, Zachary Jordan, Jackson Staubs and Harper Staubs were the apples of his eye.
He spent a lot of his free time with both of his girls and his grandchildren, and will be greatly missed. John is alos survived by his three brothers, Ralph Carpenter, Jr., of Shepherdstown, Robert Carpenter, of Martinsburg and Joe Carpenter and wife Betty, of Rockville, Maryland.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Joyce Carpenter Tertel and Floyd and Shirley Ferrell, his in-laws.
John was always cautious to try to protect himself from COVID-19 virus. He stayed at home, wore his mask, washed his hands and social distanced from others but with all that done he still was attacked by the virus, which took his life.
As a result and in respect of keeping others safe, there will be no viewing or funeral at this time.
The family appreciates everyone’s thoughts and prayers and when the world becomes a safer place, the family will celebrate his life.
Any condolences can be sent to his wife at P.O. Box 46, Shenandoah Junction, WV 25442.
Anyone wanting to make memorial contributions can send those to Grace Baptist Church, PO Box 68, Shenandoah Junction, WV 25442.
Arrangements are by the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.
Please sign the online guestbook and view his obituary at www.mtstrider.com.