Walker P “Butch” Carpenter was married to Patricia A. Carpenter for 33 years and lived in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He is survived by Lady Pat, 5 grown children and 6 grandchildren.
Butch was a retired Lieutenant with the Washington, D.C. Fire Dept. with 20 years service. He graduated from Orange County (VA) High School 1963 and attended East Tennessee State University majoring in Biology.
They resided in the Northern Virginia area, and then came to Florida in October of 1991. During this time, he became a perpetual member of New Smyrna Masonic Lodge No. 149, F & AM, where he was the Treasurer until last month.
Butch was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a perpetual member of the Valley of Orlando; a member of Daytona Beach York Rite Bodies; Bahia Shrine; Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 3; Zangi Grotto; Daytona Beach High Twelve Club; Bahia Provost Guard; Bahia Kentucky Colonels; Bahia Antique Cars; Bahia Motor Corps; Bahia Iron Horses; Bahia Horse Patrol; Bahia Mini-Mule Hitch; New Smyrna Beach Scottish Rite Club; New Smyrna Beach Shrine Club; Sanford Shrine Club; and Lake County Shrine Club. He served in the following capacities: Worshipful Master of New Smyrna Lodge #149 in 1997; Worthy Patron of New Smyrna Chapter #3, Order of Eastern Star, in 1997; served on the Scottish Rite 29th Degree team; treasurer of New Smyrna Beach Scottish Rite Club, and past treasurer of the Mini-Mule Hitch. At the New Smyrna Beach Shrine Club he served as the Secretary, President, and was the Treasurer of the club through 2009. He also volunteered with the monthly Bahia Breakfast Crew.
In January of 2007 Butch was appointed to the Board of Governors of Tampa Shriners Hospital. He was also a representative to the National Court, Royal Order of Jesters in 2007.
He served Bahia Shrine in the following capacities: past Secretary and Captain of the Bahia Provost Guard; Bahia’s Colonel of Units in 2002; First Ceremonial Master,
High Priest & Prophet, Assistant Rabban, Chief Rabban and Potentate in 2008
Butch was very active at Bahia, and traveled to the Imperial Conventions in Las Vegas in 2001; Vancouver in 2002; Minneapolis in 2003; Denver in 2004; Baltimore in 2005; Tampa in 2006; and Anaheim in 2007, St Louis in 2008 and San Antonio in 2009. He also attended various F.S.A. and S.E.S.A. conventions as well as many Potentates’’ Balls. Traveled on Potentates’’ trips to Alaska, (twice), New York, Las Vegas,, Italy, Hawaii, Ireland and New England.
Shriners Childrens' Hospitals 2800 Pembrook Drive Orlando FL 32810
5:00 PM Sunday, January 17, 2010 at Bahia Shrine Center 2800 Pembrook Drive Orlando FL 32810 (map/driving directions)