Opal Carpenter Anderson

Published 10:45 am Friday, February 17, 2017

BOONEVILLE — Opal Carpenter Anderson, 94, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at her home.  She was born Feb. 1, 1923, to the late J. “Dub” Carpenter and Annie Carpenter of Booneville.  Mrs. Anderson graduated from Booneville High School in 1942.  She worked for several years in the office of the Prentiss County Tax Assessor.  She worked alongside her husband, Milton, following his Air Force retirement, at the Booneville Grain Company for over a decade.

Throughout all the years, her primary vocation was being a homemaker and community advocate. Mrs. Anderson was instrumental in organizing Girl Scouts in Booneville in 1964 and securing the Booneville Girl Scout hut in its present location.  She was a lifetime member, serving as an active member many of those years; as a leader for her daughter, Kathy’s, troops, Neighborhood Chairman for the Prairie Council, Cookie Chairman for numerous years, as well as serving on the Prairie Council Nominating Committee. Mrs. Anderson received the “Thanks Badge” from the Prairie Council of the Girl Scouts, which honors an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have had an exceptional impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals, and priorities of the entire council and Girl Scout Movement.

Mrs. Anderson was honored with the “Thanks Badge II” which goes to a previous “Thanks Badge” recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role, resulting in a measurable impact that benefits the entire Girl Scout Movement. Mrs. Anderson was a member of United Way and was diligent in fundraising for the group for many years in Prentiss County.  She was active in the George E. Allen Public Library “Lunch Break” program and many other community endeavors.

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Services will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Charles Hampton officiating.  Burial will be at the Booneville Cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter and her husband, Kathy and Russell Lamb of Booneville, two grandsons, Kevin Smith (Nicole) of Olive Branch, Kristopher Smith of Denver, Colorado, a granddaughter, Kristen Lamb Shepherd (Kent) of Lake Charles, Louisiana, a grandson, Kelly Lamb (Brenda) of Tupelo, six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Annie and J. “Dub” Carpenter, a brother, Jack Carpenter, her husband of fifty-one years, Wesley Milton Anderson, in 2000, son-in-law, Larry C. Smith, and her granddaughter, Lynda Taylor Smith.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home.