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ObituaryforCorbinCarpenter

FuneralservicesforCorbinCarpenterage,19,ofJonesvilleLa.willbe11:00a.m.onSaturday,September25,

2010atPleasantGroveBaptistChurchJonesvilleLa.withBroCraigJarnesandBro.TiltJanresof

of ChristianCowboysofficiating.Burialwill followat HeardCemeteryin Manifestunderthe directionof

Young'sFuneralHomeofJonesville.

Fellowship

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Thefamilywillreceivefriendson Friday,September24, 20'10from5:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at PleasantGrove BaptistChurchJonesvilleLa.

CorbinwasbornonMarch g, 1991to DewittL.andTheresaF.Carpenter.HepassedawayonWednesday,

September22,2010inJonesville.La.

Corbinis a memberof PleasantGroveBaptistChurchin Jonesville,LA.He is a three yearnemberof the BloomerTrailerRodeoTeamandservedtwoyearsas captain.Heis a fiveyearrnemberof LouisianaHigh SchoolRodeoAssociation,fouryearmemberof NortheastLouisianaHighSchoolRodeoAssociation,US TeamRopingAssociationcardholder,2007LouisianaStateHighSchoolRookieof the YearBullRider, NationalFinalsHighSchoolRodeoQualifier2006,2007,2008,2010,memberof NationalCuttingHorse Association,and2007NationalFinalsTop 10 BullRider.ln addition.he haswon numerousawardsand honors.

Followinghis2008bullridingaccidentthatcauseda spinalcordinjurythatlefthimparalyzedhe overcarne manyobstaclesandneverfailedto give Godtheglory.Healwayshada smileon hisface,a joke to tell,and alwaysnndepeoplelaugh.Corbinlovedto wrestlewithhisbrothersandfriends.Hehada Godgiven talent withhorses;therefore,startinghisownbusinessofbreakingandtraininghorsesattheageoffourteen.Rodeo washispassion,butwhatcowboydoesn'tloveto huntandfish.MostofallCorbinlovedtheLordwithallhis heart.

HewasprecededindeathbyhispaternalgrandparentsDewittR.andRubyJ.Carpenter,

Brotherin lawRoyWyattKemp.

HeissurvivedbyhisparentsDewittL.andTheresaF.Carpenter

SisterCourtneyCarpenterKempandniecesKayleeJoyceandClaraMaddisonKemp

BrotherLeeCarpenterandwifeCarolineandnephewDewiftLeeCarpenterlll

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BrotherColtGarpenter

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Heis alsosurvivedbynunrrousaunts,uncles,cousins,ftiends,andspecialropinghorse, pud.

Pallbearerswill be ColterWhite,SladeDeason,EthanHouse,DavidAustinChevallier,ShaneHood,Corey Granger,ChrisShivers,JakeHebert,Hayden\Mllson,JesseMcClure,LeeWhite,Coltentslanchard,andMike VVhite.

Honorarypallbearers willbernembersoftheLouisianaHighSchoolRodeoAssociationanda hostoffriends.

Merprialsmaybegivento PleasantGroveBaptistChurchBuildingFund,JustinCowboyCrisisFund,orthe CobinCarpenterMenprialScholarshipFund.

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Turner:Cowboy'smother facesyet anothertoughride

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Posted:09123/201011:42:33PMMDT

BullriderCorbinCarpenter,theyoung cowboy Farmingtonsoaffectionatelyadoptedtwoyearsago whenhewasthrownandparalyzed duringnational competition,waskilledlateWednesdaynightnear hishomeinLouisiana.

Hisgrievingmother,Theresa,whoalsobecamea

recognizablefigurehereasshetirelesslystoodby

herson'ssideandpubliclyprayedforhisrecovery

throughouttheirordeal,knowswellwhatit'sliketo

walkinthelowestofvalleysandonthehighestof

mountains.

Sheistryinghardtoholdherheadhigh.

"Godhasa plan.lknowthat,"shesaidThursday.

Nevertheless,todayisoneofthosedaysdownin

thevalleyforTheresa,andshemayneedourhelp

onceagaintoclimboutofit.

Pleaseallowrneto refreshyourmemory.

CorbinCarpenterwasrankedinthenation,sTop10

arnongbullridersinhighschoolcompetitionwhen hecametoFarmingtonduringtheNationalHigh

SchoolFinalsRodeoin2008,fullyexpectingtowin

thenationalchampionship.

Irernemberwellthatwarm,sunny,Julynnrning

whenCorbinmountedhisbull,M-33,forhis

Duringtheride,Corbinlosthisseating,was slammedtotheground, andthebull'srearlegcane downonhishead,breakingCorbin'sneckand leavinghimmotionlessinthechurned-uoNew Mexicodirt.

Thegroansofthecrowdsoonweredrownedoutby

itsdeafeningsilence.

SornethoughtCorbinwasdead,andtruthbetold,

deathindeedwassnakingitswaythrough

theswirlingdustinthatarenauntilheroescameto theyoungman'said,includinglocalrnedicalstaff anda cowboychaplain.

CorbinwasrushedtoSanJuanRegionalMedical

Center,whichsoonbecarnehisnewhonre,his

motherneverfaraway.

'When canI rideagain?"Corbinaskedwhenhelater wasabletospeak.Noonegavehimmucha chance atthat.

ThehospitalstaffbecarnefamilytotheCarpenters,

andsodidyou.

Churchesfromthroughoutthecommunity organizedand provided meals.

Hundredsofyoupitchedhard-earnedmoneyinto thehatwhenitwaspassed aroundtheremaining daysandnightsoftherodeo,anddozensmore donatedbymailorbydeliveringgiftsatthe hospital.

CollegesimpressedandmovedbyCorbin'sfightto

regainhiswalkingabilityofferedhimrodeo

scholarships.

Prayerforthisfaith-groundedfamilywastheorder

oftheday.

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And,slowly,ithappened.

Corbintookonestep,thenanother,thenanother.

Twoyearslater,thissummer,Corbinreturnedto

thenationalfinals,thistimeupinWyoming,and

onceagaincompetedfora

thistirneinthecuftingevent.

nationalchampionship,

Manycalledita miracle.

That's just Corbin'sstory.

Rememberthecolumnpenned herea fewmonths agoupdatingyou aboutTheresa?

Asifthebullridingsagawasnotenough,another

tragedyoccurredforthismother,andyetagainin

anincidentthatbecanreanothernationalheadline.

HerdaughtefshusbandandthefatherofTheresa's

grandchildren wasoneofthe11people killedinthe

DeepWaterHorizonerplosionintheGulfof

Mexico.Theaccidentalsowasknownforits

lingeringoilspillintotheoceanwaters.

Onlybyfaith,Theresasaid,didthefamilymakeit

throughyetanotherthreattotearthemdown.

DaughterCourtneytookonhermother,sand

brother'sfightingspirit.Shemournedthelossof

herhusband,butshechanneledherenergiesintoa

fightforsafetyandrecognitionofoilworkers

riskingtheirlivesinthegulf.

Thatfightlaterledhertoournation'sCapitolin Washington,whereshernethigh-rankingmembers ofcongressandthepresident oftheUnitedStates.

That'swhy,accordingtoTheresaatthetine,there

couldbenodoubt.

"God'susingusforHispurpose. Wehavecomfort that,"shesaid.

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Itseemslikeyesterday thata well-knownlocal17- year-old whospentmanyanhourinmyownhouse,

KylerBeaty,waskilledina

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Morethana thousandattendedhisfuneralthis spring,andamongthosetoseekKyler'smotherout andofferhercondolenceswasTheresa,alltheway fromLouisiana.

Thetwobecameconespondents,anddespiteit

beingonlyhoursafterherownson'sdeath,itwas

Kyler'smother,Heather,onTheresa'smind

Thursdaymorning.

'Will

youplease callherforme?"sheasked,adding Heathertoa listofothernamesTheresaconsidered "friendsandfamily"hereinFarmington.

Theresaandhercousin,WandaCockerham,bravely

sharedonthephonewhathappenedtoCorbin.

HehadgonetohiscollegeclassWednesdaynight, andafterward,heanda frienddecided"togo shinning."

Backinmyday,thatrneantspotlightingfordeer, eithertospottheirfeedinggrounds toprepare for huntingseason,or just towatchthewildlifeforlack ofanythingbettertodo.

CorbinandhisbuddyBrandon,however,were

shinningforwhatIguessfolksinLouisianagoout

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'They werejust outhavingfun,"Wandasaid.

'They wereridinghonreinthetruck,withhisfriend driving,"Theresasaid."He lostcontrol,andthe truckhita treeonCorbin'sside.Hetookthefull impact,andtheysaiditkilledhiminstanfly.They hadtocuthimout.

'The friendisinstablecondition,butit,spretty serious.Hehasa lotofbrokenbones,,,shesaid. And,thedreadedwordsTheresaknowsalltoowell,

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befacinsparatysis."

"Yes,"shetearfullyreplied,"andhe,sbullriding

again."

Hanginthere,Theresa,andoneofthesedays,l'll

behappytositbyyou

andwatchhimrideagain.

ButIcan'thelpbutthinkafterallthiswomanhas gone through,thatyes,fornow,theremustbea planforTheresatodomorewhileshe'sstilldown herewithus.

Lady,you'vesuregotmytipofthehat.

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Theresasurehasn'tlostherloveofthecowboyway withthepassing ofherson.

WhenIaskedabouttheservices,Wandareplied, ,,lt

dependsonwhenthecasketgets

here."

Pardon?Iasked.

"Yeah,shewantstogethima

casket,"completewithrawhide,shesaid.

specialcowboy

TroyTurneristheeditorofTheDailyTimes.He

canbecontactedatP.O.Box450,Farmington,NM

87499;orattturner@daily{imes.com.

CardstotheCarpenterfamilycanbesentto p.O.

Box238,Jonesville,LA71343.

ServiceswillbeatPleasantGroveBaptistChurchin

Jonesvilleat11a.m.Saturdav.

Theresalatertoldrnethecasketwouldarriveby tonight,andservicesareplanned therein Louisiana forSaturdaymorning.

'Theresa stilltalksabouthowgood thepeople of Farmingtonwereandstillare,"hercousinsaid. "Peoplearestillcallingher.We'reallgrateful becausepeopleweretakingcareofthemwhenwe couldn't.

"Peoplestille-mailher.Shealwaystalksaboutwhat a bigheartthattownhastosupportCorbin.,'

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