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Homer Payne Carper Jr., 1919 – 2007

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 Homer (“Bubbie” to Marge, “Pop” to the kids) Carper grew up in Park Place UMC, Norfolk, where he heard the call to preach the gospel as a young married man working at the navy yard as a toolmaker during the War. After graduating from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, he entered the Virginia Conference at Toano and went on to serve 11 appointments as an Elder spanning 42 years service across the Commonwealth. While serving churches he attended William and Mary, Virginia Tech, and completed the B.A. in Bible at Bridgewater College.
 Even though he suffered hearing loss as a child, he was musically gifted, singing in the Park Place Choristers, and playing the violin in the Norfolk Symphony. He loved gardening, especially roses, and was a talented mechanic, keeping the parsonages repaired and the used cars running between charges.
 He and Marge were a great team. He pastored and she kept the home fires burning, sang in the choir, played the piano beautifully, and taught the children. They were greatly loved everywhere by the people they were sent to serve, and they kept up with the many friends they made over the years. They were never rich with the things of this world, but they were rich beyond measure in the life and love they shared in 63 years of marriage. And they were rich beyond measure in the joy of serving the Lord and loving His people through their years of ministry together.
 Homer will be remembered as a kind and gentle soul who laid down his life for the sheep as did the Good Shepherd he followed and served.
— Bruce Carper

 

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