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Obituaryfor CorbinCarpenter
Funeralservices
for CorbinCarpenter
age,19,of Jonesville La.willbe 11:00a.m.on Saturday,
September 25,
2010at PleasantGroveBaptistChurchJonesville La.withBroCraigJarnesand Bro.Tilt Janresof Fellowship
of ChristianCowboysofficiating.
Burialwill followat HeardCemeteryin Manifestunderthe directionof
Young'sFuneralHomeof Jonesville.

The familywill receivefriendson Friday,September


24, 20'10from5:00p.m.to 9:00p.m.at PleasantGrove
BaptistChurchJonesville La.

Corbinwas bornon Marchg, 1991to DewittL. andTheresaF. Carpenter.He passedawayon Wednesday,


September22,2010in Jonesville.
La.

Corbinis a memberof PleasantGroveBaptistChurchin Jonesville,LA. He is a threeyear nemberof the


BloomerTrailerRodeoTeamand servedtwo yearsas captain.He is a five yearrnember of LouisianaHigh
SchoolRodeoAssociation, four year memberof NortheastLouisianaHighSchoolRodeoAssociation, US
Team RopingAssociation card holder,2007 LouisianaStateHighSchoolRookieof the Year Bull Rider,
NationalFinalsHighSchoolRodeoQualifier 2006,2007,2008,2010, memberof NationalCuttingHorse
Association,
and 2007NationalFinalsTop 10 Bull Rider.ln addition.he has won numerousawardsand
honors.

Followinghis2008bullridingaccidentthat causeda spinalcordinjurythat left himparalyzedhe overcarne


manyobstacles and neverfailedto give Godthe glory.He alwayshada smileon hisface,a joketo tell,and
alwaysnnde peoplelaugh.Corbinlovedto wrestlewith his brothersandfriends.He hada Godgiventalent
withhorses;therefore,
startinghisownbusinessof breaking andtraininghorsesat theageof fourteen.Rodeo
was his passion,butwhatcowboydoesn'tloveto huntandfish.Mostof all Corbinlovedthe Lordwithall his
heart.

Hewaspreceded
in deathby hispaternalgrandparents
DewittR. andRubyJ. Carpenter,

Brotherin lawRoyWyattKemp.

by hisparentsDewittL. andTheresaF. Carpenter


He is survived

SisterCourtney KempandniecesKayleeJoyceandClaraMaddison
Carpenter Kemp

BrotherLeeCarpenter
andwifeCarolineandnephewDewiftLeeCarpenter
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BrotherColtGarpenter

He is alsosurvivedby nunrrous aunts,uncles,cousins,ftiends,andspecialropinghorse,pud.

Pallbearerswill be ColterWhite,Slade Deason,EthanHouse,DavidAustinChevallier,ShaneHood,Corey


Granger,ChrisShivers,JakeHebert,Hayden\Mllson,JesseMcClure,LeeWhite,Coltentslanchard,
and Mike
VVhite.

Honorarypallbearers
will be rnembersof the LouisianaHighSchoolRodeoAssociation
and a hostof friends.

Merprialsmaybe givento PleasantGroveBaptistChurchBuildingFund,JustinCowboyCrisisFund,or the


Cobin Carpenter
MenprialScholarship
Fund.
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Turner: Cowboy'smother Duringthe ride,Corbinlosthisseating,was
slammed to theground,andthebull'srearlegcane
facesyet anothertough ride downon hishead,breaking Corbin'sneckand
leavinghimmotionless in the churned-uo
New
Mexicodirt.
StafiWiter
Thegroansof thecrowdsoonweredrownedoutby
Posted:
09123/2010
11:42:33
PMMDT itsdeafening
silence.

SornethoughtCorbinwasdead,andtruthbe told,
deathindeedwassnakingitswaythrough
Bullrider
CorbinCarpenter,
theyoungcowboy
Farmingtonso affectionately
adoptedtwoyearsago theswirlingdustin thatarenauntilheroescameto
whenhewasthrownandparalyzed duringnational theyoungman'said,including localrnedical
staff
competition,
waskilledlateWednesday nightnear anda cowboychaplain.
hishomein Louisiana.
Corbinwasrushedto SanJuanRegionalMedical
Hisgrievingmother, Theresa,whoalsobecamea Center,whichsoonbecarne
hisnewhonre,his
recognizable figurehereas shetirelessly
stoodby motherneverfar away.
herson'ssideandpubliclyprayedfor hisrecovery
throughout theirordeal,knowswellwhatit'sliketo 'WhencanI rideagain?"
Corbinaskedwhenhe later
walkin the lowestof valleysandon the highestof wasableto speak.No onegavehimmucha chance
mountains. at that.
Sheistryinghardto holdherheadhigh. The hospital
staffbecarne
familyto theCarpenters,
andso didyou.
"Godhasa plan.lknowthat,"shesaidThursday.
Churchesfromthroughout
the community
Nevertheless,todayis oneof thosedaysdownin andprovided
organized meals.
thevalleyforTheresa,andshemayneedour help
onceagainto climboutof it. Hundreds of youpitchedhard-earned moneyinto
the hatwhenit waspassedaroundthe remaining
Pleaseallowrneto refreshyourmemory. daysandnightsofthe rodeo,anddozensmore
donatedby mailor by delivering
giftsat the
CorbinCarpenter wasrankedin the nation,s Top 10 hospital.
arnongbullridersin highschoolcompetition when
he cameto Farmington duringthe NationalHigh Collegesimpressedandmovedby Corbin's fightto
SchoolFinalsRodeoin 2008,fullyexpecting to win regainhiswalkingabilityofferedhimrodeo
the national
championship. scholarships.
I rernember
wellthatwarm,sunny,Julynnrning Prayerforthisfaith-grounded
familywasthe order
whenCorbinmounted hisbull,M-33,for his of theday.

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And,slowly,it happened. couldbe no doubt.
Corbintookonestep,thenanother,
thenanother. "God'susingus for Hispurpose.
We havecomfort
that,"shesaid.
Twoyearslater,thissummer, Corbinreturnedto
the national finals,thistimeup in Wyoming,and ::.*'*'rn
onceagaincompeted for a nationalchampionship,
thistirnein thecuftingevent. It seemslikeyesterday
thata well-known local17-
year-oldwhospentmanyan hourin myownhouse,
Manycalledit a miracle. KylerBeaty,waskilledin a caraccidentnear
Farmington.

Morethana thousandattendedhisfuneralthis
That'sjustCorbin's
story. spring,andamongthoseto seekKyler'smotherout
andofferhercondolenceswasTheresa,alltheway
Rememberthecolumnpennedherea few months fromLouisiana.
youaboutTheresa?
agoupdating
The twobecameconespondents,anddespiteit
As if the bullriding
sagawasnotenough,another beingonlyhoursafterherownson'sdeath,it was
tragedyoccurred for thismother,andyet againin Kyler'smother,Heather,
on Theresa's
mind
an incident thatbecanre anothernationalheadline. Thursdaymorning.
Herdaughtefshusband andthefatherof Theresa's 'Willyouplease
callherfor me?"sheasked,adding
grandchildren wasoneof the 11 peoplekilledin the Heatherto a listof othernamesTheresaconsidered
DeepWaterHorizon erplosionin theGulfof "friendsandfamily"herein Farmington.
Mexico.Theaccident alsowas knownfor its
lingering
oil spillintotheoceanwaters. Theresaandhercousin,WandaCockerham, bravely
sharedon the phonewhathappened
to Corbin.
Onlyby faith,Theresasaid,didthefamilymakeit
throughyetanotherthreatto tearthemdown. He hadgoneto hiscollegeclassWednesday night,
andafterward,
he anda frienddecided"togo
Daughter Courtney tookon hermother,s and shinning."
brother's fightingspirit.Shemourned the lossof
herhusband, butshechanneled herenergies intoa Backin myday,thatrneantspotlighting for deer,
fightfor safetyandrecognitionof oilworkers eitherto spottheirfeedinggroundsto preparefor
riskingtheirlivesin thegulf. huntingseason,orjustto watchthewildlifefor lack
of anythingbetterto do.
Thatfightlaterledherto ournation'sCapitolin
Washington, whereshernethigh-ranking members CorbinandhisbuddyBrandon, however,were
of congressandthepresident of the UnitedStates. shinning forwhatI guessfolksin Louisiana
go out
to find:alligators.
That'swhy,according
to Theresaat thetine, there

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'Theywerejust
outhavingfun,"Wandasaid. "Yes,"shetearfullyreplied,"andhe,sbullriding
'Theywere again."
ridinghonrein thetruck,withhisfriend
driving,"
Theresasaid."Helostcontrol,andthe Hangin there,Theresa, andoneof thesedays,l'll
truckhita treeon Corbin's side.Hetookthefull be happyto sit by youandwatchhimrideagain.
impact,andtheysaidit killedhiminstanfly.They
hadto cuthimout. ButI can'thelpbutthinkafterallthiswomanhas
'The friendis in gonethrough, thatyes,for now,theremustbe a
stablecondition,
butit,spretty planforTheresato do morewhileshe'sstilldown
serious.Hehasa lotof brokenbones,,,she said. herewithus.
And,thedreadedwordsTheresaknowsall toowell,
*r" be facinsparatysis." Lady,you'vesuregotmytip of the hat.
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GodBless.
Theresasurehasn'tlostherloveof the cowboyway TroyTurneris theeditorof The DailyTimes.He
withthepassingof herson. canbe contacted at P.O.Box450,Farmington,
NM
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Wandareplied,,,lt
WhenI askedabouttheservices,
dependsonwhenthecasketgetshere." familycanbe sentto p.O.
Cardsto theCarpenter
Box238,Jonesville,
LA71343.
Pardon?
I asked.
Services
willbe at Pleasant
GroveBaptistChurchin
"Yeah,shewantsto get hima specialcowboy Jonesville
at 11a.m.Saturdav.
casket,"
complete
withrawhide, shesaid.

Theresalatertoldrnethe casketwouldarriveby
tonight,andservicesareplannedtherein Louisiana
for Saturday
morning.
'Theresastilltalks
abouthowgoodthe peopleof
Farmingtonwereandstillare,"hercousinsaid.
"Peoplearestillcallingher.We'reall grateful
becausepeopleweretakingcareof themwhenwe
couldn't.

"Peoplestille-mailher.Shealwaystalksaboutwhat
a bigheartthattownhasto supportCorbin.,'

So laskedTheresa,
do youthinkthere'sa rodeoin
Heaven?

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