V. Miles Carpenter, 90, of Englewood, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
He was born Nov. 4, 1923, in Oklahoma City, Okla., the oldest of seven children.
Miles was a well-known survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and had many articles published in local newspapers of his U.S. Navy experiences. He was a chief machinist mate on board the USS Phoenix, which was moored next to the USS Arizona when Pearl Harbor was attacked Dec. 7, 1941.
Miles was married 67 years to Jeanne (nee Olds), formerly from Philadelphia, Pa. He owned a landscape nursery in both Oklahoma City and Englewood, after moving his family to Venice, Fla., in 1965. Miles spent his retirement years creating many wood sculptures, some of which were sold by a retailer on St. Armands Key. He was a former Rotary Club member, a life member of the Elks, and a member of Englewood United Methodist Church.
Miles is survived by his wife, Jeanne; son, David Carl; daughter, Annette J. (Ron Lupo) Deans; sisters, Elizabeth, Dorothy and Francis; grandchildren, Stephen T. (Jen) Deans III, James Clinton Deans of Venice, and Donna Jean McCall of Englewood East, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Jessica, Amanda and Emilie McCall of Englewood East, Tommy and Kalina Deans of Venice, and Stephen T. Deans IV of Venice; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Hildred of Oklahoma City; his oldest son, Robert “Bob” Miles; brothers, Donald and John; and sister, Louise.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at Englewood United Methodist Church.