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