Ashbrook Trainer, Guidance Counselor Passes Away


GASTONIA—Ashbrook High School guidance counselor Larry Carpenter died last week after a difficult three-year battle with multiple myeloma. He was   47 years old.

        Carpenter worked at Ashbrook for 14 years and held a similar position at Bessemer City High School for seven years before that.

        Born in Gastonia, Carpenter was a 1984 graduate of Ashbrook and then graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  He earned his masters’ degree from Winthrop University.

        Carpenter served as the athletic trainer for North Carolina in the 2005 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and was a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. He was a lifelong member of Lutheran Chapel Church in Gastonia.

        Memorials may be made to the Carpenter Education Fund, c/o Ashbrook High School, 2222 S. New Hope Rd., Gastonia, NC 28054.