OBITUARY: Valarie Kay Carpenter


Valarie Kay Carpenter was born March 27, 1971 to the late, Robert Holman of Nashville, TN and Charlotte Smith Holman of Sparta, TN. She passed away on May 3, 2024 at the age of 53 after battling Inflammatory Breast Cancer.

Valarie graduated from McGavock High School in 1989 and from MTSU with a degree in Finance. Throughout her career, she had two women in her life that mentored her, Karen Unland, whom she worked with for many years in real estate at Geroge Thomas Realty and Eva Pulley in several accounting firms as a bookkeeper.

For the past three years, Valarie worked for Greg McRay at the Foundation Group. As they specialized in nonprofits, she thoroughly enjoyed and had a passion for this work. She loved singing in the choir (even though she couldn’t carry a tune). She loved teaching kids in Bible Drill and helping with Operation Christmas Child at several churches she attended.

In addition to her father, Valarie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Arvil Dillon Smith and Addeane Howell Smith of Sparta, TN, Robert Gilliam and Ruby Gilliam of Sparta, TN and Stanford Holman of Sparta, TN.

She is survived by her husband, R. David Carpenter, who she married on May 2, 1998. They celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary the day before she died. She has one son, Jonathan Carpenter, who is a junior at UT Knoxville. She was so proud of the man that he had become. Her mother, Charlotte Smith Holman of Sparta, TN; her brother, Rob (Charity) Holman; her nephew, Carter Holman and niece, Harper Holman, all of Springdale, AR.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2024 at Bond Memorial Chapel and at Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Lane, Mt. Juliet, TN Friday, May 10, 2024 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. A Celebration of Life service will follow at 1 p.m. Friday at the church with Todd Capps officiating. Interment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

One of Valarie’s last wishes was to set up a trust to benefit her son, Jonathan. The trust is called the Valarie Holman Carpenter Trust, the trust was established to pay for the education expenses for Jonathan. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a gift to Valarie’s trust. Gifts to the trust do not qualify as a charitable donation for federal income tax purposes, but the use of the funds to pay for Jonathan’s education expenses is a great way to honor Valarie. She loved her son. Gifts to the trust should be made payable to Valarie Holman Carpenter Trust and mailed to 555 Great Circle Road, Nashville, TN 37228. If you have any questions regarding the trust, please contact Eva Pulley at 615-828-5066. The family greatly appreciates all of the love and help they are receiving during this difficult time.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663.


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