WILMINGTON — Brigadier General (R) James (Jim) Turman Carper passed peacefully in the arms of his loving wife Bonnie W. Carper early in the morning of Tuesday September 28th, 2021 after a courageous fight with pneumonia.
Jim was born on September 10, 1943 to the late William and Mary Alice Carper in Culpeper, VA. He is survived by wife Bonnie W. Carper, his sisters Ann Geddie (Mac) and Sue (Roger), his cousin Doug Carper, and by his children David Teeter (Joyce), Cheryl Rhew (Steve), Joanna Purgason (Roger), James Carper (Sarah), Kimberly Branum (Stephen), and Christopher Carper (Paige). Jim spent his childhood growing up in Raleigh, NC and after University lived in Wilmington, NC.
Jim was a loving grandfather to 15 grandchildren, David Teeter, Jr. (Jessica), Johnathan Teeter, Christopher Teeter (Heather), Evan Rhew, Cade Purgason, Anna Rhew, Taylor Purgason, Kaylie Purgason, Colson Branum, Braedon Marshall, Liam Carper, Olivia Carper, Alice Carper, Seeley Carper, Merick Branum, and 4 great-grandchildren.
Jim completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Civil Engineering at NC State University. He held a long career with the US Army Corps of Engineers, and retired in 1994 as Chief of the Project Management Branch.
Jim also served his country with the US Army after completing undergraduate studies by accepting a commission as a 1st Lieutenant. He served two tours in Vietnam between 1967-68. Upon completion of his graduate studies, he re-enlisted in the US Army National Guard where he served until 1999 rising to the earned rank of Brigadier General. During his career with the US Army, Jim was awarded many merits including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze star for meritorious service during the Vietnam War, the Army commendation medal W/2 OLC, the Army Achievement Medal, NC Distinguished Service Medal, NC Meritorious Medal, NC Commendation Medal (2nd award). He most recently served as the President for the SENCLAND Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).
Jim loved and devotedly worked to service his Lord Jesus Christ, his country, and his family.
Services will be held Saturday October 2nd, 2021 at 10:00 am at the Wrightsville Beach Baptist Church – 601 Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach, NC. He will be entombed at the Sunrise Mausoleum at Oleander Memorial Gardens – 306 Bradley Drive, Wilmington, NC.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the SENCLAND MOAA Scholarship Fund. PO Box 10015 Wilmington, NC 28404.
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