The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 4, 2013

Shirley "Tina" Carpenter

JOPLIN, Mo. — Shirley C. "Tina" Carpenter, age 65, Joplin, passed away on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Freeman West Emergency Room.

Tina was born Feb. 25, 1947, in Joplin, daughter of the late Jack George England and Leona Mae Smith England. She attended Oak Grove Schools before graduating from Neosho High School in 1965.

She married Frank Carpenter on June 11, 1965, and worked several jobs throughout her life, most recently with Border Town Casino where she worked for over 15 years. She was an active member of TOPS in Seneca where she was serving as secretary. She also attended the Cowboy Church located in the stockyards west of Joplin.

Tina was a very loving wife, mother, and grandmother who devoted her life to taking care of her family. She was very generous, and her door was always open to help family and friends.  Many people looked to her as their "mother" figure because she loved them unconditionally. She enjoyed spending time with all her family, and she especially enjoyed her "Doodle Days".

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, who died July 14, 2005. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, John and Bill England; a sister, Mary England; and a daughter-in-law, Vicky Carpenter.

Survivors include her children, Nina Fry Bock, of Joplin, John Carpenter, of Seneca, Linda Harris Fisher and husband, Todd, of Branson, Mo., and Tara Mills, of Joplin; grandchildren, Brittany Fry, Rusty Fry, Chyanne, Austin, and Dakota Carpenter, Shayla and Mason Harris, Madison Fisher, and Allison, David and Jonathan Mills; great-grandchildren, Halli Divine, Weston Fry, John Hadin Barteck, Leteycia, Victoria, Veronica, and Samuel Gonzales, and Blake Carpenter; two sisters, Pat Harvel and Louise Cook;, and a brother, Kenny England all, of Joplin; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 5, at 2 p.m. in Parker Mortuary with Rev. Jim Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in Osborne Memorial Cemetery with family serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at Parker Mortuary on Monday from 6 to 7 p.m.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Online condolences may be made at

Text Only
  • Carolyn Anderson Carolyn "Sue" Anderson

    Carolyn "Sue" Anderson, 69, Pierce City, Mo., died July 19, 2014, at her home, following a short illness

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mary White Mary White

    Mary Lorraine White, 59, of Joplin, Mo., completed her journey up the stairway to heaven on July 16, 2014.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Blake Aggus Blake Aggus

    Blake Austin Aggus, 23, died July 18, 2014, at his home in Hollister, Mo. He was born September 21, 1990 in Joplin.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Derfelt Edward Crowder

    BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Edward Crowder, 72, passed away at his home in Baxter Springs on July 19, 2014, after a battle with cancer.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Simpson Herbert E. Kirkpatrick

    Herbert E. Kirkpatrick Sr. "Guitar Man", age 77, passed away July 19, 2014, in Joplin.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Matthew Brewer Matthew Brewer

    July 21, 1987 - Aug. 24, 2011

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Eddie Morin Eddie Morin

    Edward "Eddie" Martin Morin, age 91, of Lamar, Mo., passed at his home, Friday, July 18, 2014.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Gary Compton Gary A. Compton

    Gary A. Compton, age 71, lifelong resident of Joplin, passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at his home with family at his side.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Derfelt Carolyn L. Street

    Carolyn Lou (Burdge) Street, age 72, of Baxter Springs, passed from this life on July 18, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Military Bobby G. Adams

    Bobby G. Adams, 85, Neosho, died July 17, 2014, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo