Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ernestine (Teena) E. Hooker Carpenter, 94, of Fayetteville, Ark., died May 2, 2011.

She was born in Seligman to Ernest and Ruth McClain Hooker. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Fern Rubow, of Seligman, and Betty Walker, of Springdale, Ark.; and one brother, Paul Hooker, of Rogers, Ark.

She graduated from Seligman High School in Seligman and from Draughn's Business College in Springfield. She was employed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) at Greene County Courthouse of Springfield. When the local office closed, she transferred to the state office in Kansas City. She served her country during World War II as secretary to the Contracting Officer for the Army Air Corps and Northern American Bomber Plant in Kansas City which made the B-25 Mitchell bombers.

She married James W. Carpenter on Dec. 23, 1943, in Kansas City. Jim returned from World War II in October of 1945, and in 1948, Teena, Jim and their infant son, David, moved from Kansas City to Springdale, Ark. There they owned and operated Jim's Radio on Highway 71 in Springdale, which later became Jim's Radio, TV and Communications. Their second son, Ken, was born in Springdale.

She attended First United Methodist Church of Springdale where she sang in the choir for 32 years. She and her husband were avid dancers enjoying ballroom and square dancing. They were members of the Springdale Shiloh Square Dance Club and Elks Club. She was active in the community in PTA and was a Charter Member of the Springdale Youth Center Board of Directors; a member of Beta Sigma Phi and past secretary of Arkansas Television and Electronics Service Association. While working in Springfield, she sang in the Gospel Quartet on KWTO. She was a well loved member of the community and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by: her husband, Jim, of 67 years; two sons, David J. Carpenter, his wife, Vonita, and Kendal H. Carpenter, both of Springdale, Ark.; one granddaughter, Shannon Carpenter, of Springdale, Ark.; one grandson, Bradley Carpenter, of Fayetteville, Ark.; one brother-in-law, Bill Walker, of Springdale, Ark.; and one sister-in-law, Kathy Hooker Barnard, of Kansas City.

The family wish to express their gratitude to the staff of Butterfield Trail Village who have lovingly cared for her since she moved there on Sept. 11, 2001.

A memorial service will be held at Butterfield Trail Village of Fayetteville in the Convocation Room on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Judy Van Hoose officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bayless Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 14, Gateway, AR 72733 or First United Methodist Church, 206 W. Johnson Ave., Springdale, AR 72764.

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