Out of everything I've written through the years on this site, this is by far the hardest thing I've ever had to type out.
On Saturday the Eleven Warriors family received the news you never want to get – that of a dear friend passing away unexpectedly.
It's been a tough week for those of us who knew Corey Carpenter, and to have known Corey was to have loved Corey. Beyond being childhood friends with Chris and me, Corey was the third writer to join the Eleven Warriors staff, coming on in 2007 when we were writing for an audience of dozens.
He approached the gig like he did with everything else in life – with a smile on his face. That was the thing about Corey; many times in these situations you reflect on the good in someone's life, but what made Corey special was that his life was all good.
In the 25 years that I knew him, I never once recall him holding a grudge against anyone. I can't even remember him speaking ill of anyone. If I ever become even half as kind and decent as Corey was, I'll be a better man for it.
We lost Corey, but he will never be forgotten. I love you, bud.
Corey is survived by his loving wife, Amber, his son, Zade, and his extended family. If you knew Corey, or just want to pay your respects, his family will receive friends Friday, March 10 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Schoedinger Northeast Chapel on 1051 E Johnstown Rd in Gahanna. Services will be held at noon on Saturday with visitation starting at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to a memorial fund in Zade Carpenter's name at any Fifth Third Bank branch or contributions may be mailed to the Fifth Third bank at 155 W. Main St in New Albany, 43054, ATTN: Zade and Amber Carpenter Memorial Fund.