Charles 'Chip'  Carpenter Jr.


Charles C. "Chip" Carpenter Jr. passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019, in Danville, Ill.
He leaves behind his wife, Judy (Young) Carpenter; his son, Robert Carpenter; his sister, Cindy (Carpenter) Mick and brother-in-law, David Mick and their sons, Owen and Neal; his son Robert's mother, Malinda Forshier-Stewart, her parents, Billy Bob and Brenda Forshier, and Malinda's three other children, Brayden, Mya and Alek; Chip's wife Judy's son Dustin Blankenship and his wife, Ashley, and their daughters, Emma and Karley, in addition to Judy's daughter, Kayla Young; Chips' son Robert's fiance, Cheyenne Wells, and her daughter, Mia; as well as numerous friends and acquaintances, especially across the Danville area where Chip lived for 40 years.
Chip was born in Charleston, W.V., on October 24, 1962. Along with his sister Cindy, he was raised by Chuck and Cathy Carpenter in Huntington, W.V. In 1979, Chip moved with his parents to Danville as his father, a journalist, took on a new role at Danville's Commercial-News newspaper. Chip's mother worked for many years at Lakeview Medical Center in various staff responsibilities. Both of Chip's parents predeceased him.
During his early years, Chip took up swimming, and eventually won seven overall state championships in West Virginia. This gained the attention of coaches at Marshall University (Huntington, W.V.), where he was considered for a swimming scholarship before the family moved in 1979 to Danville. Due to IHSA regulations, he was ineligible to swim his senior year at Danville High School.
However, Chip had been introduced to golf by his father when he was a pre-teen, and it subsequently became his passion after arriving in Illinois. He practiced relentlessly and became a highly skilled golfer, winning long-drive competitions in 1989 and 1991, and also the Harrison Park Club Championship in 1992. He ultimately mentored his son Robert into becoming a talented golfer as well.
Throughout his life Chip worked at various locations around Danville, beginning with Burger Chef in his early 20s and finally in recent years at Country Market grocery store, where he was a manager.
Chip was an avid sports fan, rooting particularly for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys. Throughout Chip's life, he was known for being among the most positive and most supportive persons anyone could meet. He was always upbeat, even when tragedy struck, as when his and Judy's home and possessions were destroyed in the February 2018 flooding from the Vermilion River.
Chip never said anything negative about anyone. It is no exaggeration to say that Chip's network of friends and acquaintances was measureless. He had a heart of gold, a kind personality and a cheerful demeanor that will be missed by so many.
A celebration of Chip's life is being planned and will be announced via social media. All will be welcome to attend, and to share happiness and gratefulness for our lives, as Chip would want.
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Carolyn Gosse
Aug 20, 2019
What a beautiful tribute to a dear brother, husband, father, and friend. Much love your family.
Dorothy Dillion
Aug 15, 2019
You will be missed, loved hanging out with you and Judy. Say hi to Joe for me. Love. A friend.
Lucy, Randy Sharer
Aug 14, 2019
Our condolence’s to Judy, and Chip’s family. He was a very kind hearted person. They were very good neighbor’s to my Brothers for along time. Hugs to you Judy. Chip Rest In Peace, in heaven! 😥🙏🏻😥
Lori Church
Aug 14, 2019
I'm so very sorry for the loss of Chip :( He was a great guy and will be missed by so many :(
Bud Brinkley.
Aug 14, 2019
You will be missed by me and numerous people who looked up to you.My heart goes out to his family.
Margaret Warren
Aug 14, 2019
I didn't know Chip, but I felt that I did, through all the posts and pictures on my son, Greg Hawkins Facebook page. He and his friends all thought a lot of Chip. May he rest in peace.
Twyla Quick Bays
Aug 14, 2019
Chip was a very special man, and my memories of him began at Burger Chef, and continued through Pat and Kenny’s Party house. I love you, Judy! Prayers, and hugs for all of you.
Aug 13, 2019
RIP My beloved friend ❤️❤️❤️ You will be so deeply missed 😢
Greg Hawkins
Aug 13, 2019
I looked for this yesterday. It hadn't been published yet. Today I did my check in at my delivery. I missed something after that. It was a text or pm from Chip wanting to know if I was coming to Danville and if I would have time to stop and eat. Well while I was eating I thought I'd check for it today. There it was. I guess we got to have one more meal together. Rest easy Chipper!!! 😪😪😪