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Henry Herbert "Babe" Carpenter
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Birth: Dec. 8, 1895
Death: Mar. 1, 1971

Printed in the Times Post, Houston, Mississippi dated March 4 1971

H H Carpenter to be Buried Thursday

Henry Herbert (Babe) Carpenter, retired manager of the Natchez Trace Game Preserve area when he was associated with the U S Forest Service, and whose name is legendary with Mississippi State University football prowess, died at the Houston Hospital at 2 am, Tuesday. He was 75.

Most every Mississippi athlete had heard the name of Babe Carpenter whom the late Dudy Noble, athletic director of Miss. State, named to the all-time Bulldog team as a tackle, and whom the late Zip Newman, sports editor of the Birmingham News, put on his all-time, all-Southern football team at a tackle berth.

Death came to the strong-hearted, muscular-built Babe following complications that resulted from a fall here last Thursday evening. He had helped to prepare a stew for the Hunting Club, and had slipped and fallen. That night he complained of chest pains. He was taken to the hospital, where it was learned that he had broken several ribs. Sunday fluid had formed in his chest and a tube was inserted. Monday morning, he suffered a cardiac arrest. This happened twice, and each time his heart beat was restored through massage. He was in a coma, and his heart failed at 2 am, Tuesday.

Funeral services for the Sessums-born Carpenter, who played tackle at Mississippi State when he was "a prep student" (not out of high school) in 1913, will be conducted from the Houston Funeral Home Chapel at 10 am, today (Thursday).

Officiating will be the Rev. Eugene Russell of Greenville, former pastor of the Houston First Methodist Church; the Rev. Harold Halcomb, pastor of the First Baptist Church, and Charles Bland, minister of the North Jackson Street Church of Christ.

Interment will be in the Houston Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Billy Gordon Aaron, Frank McVey, Raymond Simpson, Shorty Brooks, Bob Scott and Bobby Pearson. Honorary pallbearers will be veterans of World War I, members of the Houston Lions Club, and members of the Houston Masonic Lodge No. 67.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be sent to the Miss. State University "M" Club Scholarship fund.

Mr. Carpenter was born at Sessums, between Starkville and Artesia, on Dec. 8, 1895. He was the son of V M Carpenter and Eudora Hogan Carpenter. He was a member of the Houston Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mae Cooper Carpenter of Houston; two sons, Col. Stanley H Carpenter, with the U S Marine Corps at Alexandria, Av., and Major Edwin H Carpenter (retired) U S Army and Air Force Exchange Service in Munich, Germany; a daughter, Mrs. Nan C Cain of Lebanon, Illinois, and a brother, Aubrey Carpenter of Moorehead, Miss.

Few knew it, as it had not been officially announced, but Babe Carpenter was to be inducted into the Mississippi State University Hall of Fame on March 27, 1971. The College's Hall of Fame was started about a year ago. He will be inducted posthumously.

Babe received his early education from the Choctaw Agency School in Oktibbeha county. He entered Mississippi State University (then A & M) as a prep student in 1913. He left A & M in 1917 to join the Army in World War I. He was a member of the 1920 A & M class.

The youngest of six Carpenter brothers, Babe received his nickname from the late Couch Dudy Noble of Miss. State University. He was introduced to Couch Noble by his older brother as "my baby brother" and Coach Dudy hung the name "Babe" on him.

He was a 32ne degree mason, and a member of the Houston Lions Club.

Carpenter played tackle at Miss. A & M in 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, and 1919. He captained the team in 1919.

It was in 1919, however, that he succumbed to the bugle call and left school to help Uncle Sam with the war.

He was a star member of the A & M track team in 1915, 1916, 1917, and 1920. During his career he set the state shot-put record with a toss of 38 feet, 11 inches. Some contend that this record still stands.

The 1920 A & M yearbook probably best described Babe as –

"Firm as the Rock of Gibraltar—ask any Auburn man!" He was named to the all-Southern team in 1919.

Family links: 
  Vivian Mandeville Carpenter (1855 - 1940)
  Eudora Hagin Carpenter (1855 - 1925)
  Esther M Cooper Carpenter (1899 - 1987)
  Stanley H. Carpenter (1926 - 2001)*
  Nan Carpenter Cain (1929 - 2000)*
*Calculated relationship
Houston Cemetery
Chickasaw County
Mississippi, USA
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Record added: Jan 09, 2009
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