Celebration of life service held for murdered golf course employee

Posted at 8:14 AM, Oct 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-14 10:26:29-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A celebration of life service was held for a Metro Parks employee who was killed at the Shelby Golf Course in September.

Sunday morning fog drifted off the golf course as the sound of a guitar wafted through the air. Tears were shed as loved ones remembered George Carpenter.

Daryl Edens said, "George, they took your life from us, but they’ll never take your spirit."

On Sunday September 15th, just before 7p.m., the 71-year-old was leaving work when he was murdered in the parking lot by his truck.

"So many people loved him, and if you would have asked him for anything he would have given it to you, you didn’t have to shoot him," Edens said.

As of now, George Carpenter's murder remains unsolved. George's son, Jason, was grateful for the outpouring of support at the service.

"I’m exuberant for the fact that my father touched so many lives, that so many people would show such appreciation just for momentarily meeting him, or knowing him for 20 years," Jason Carpenter said.

George was a veteran and he received a 21-gun salute. As the event came to an end, many left knowing the Shelby Golf Course will never be the same. Carpenter had been working there as a facility attendant since 2017. There are plans to put a memorial bench at the Shelby Golf Course in honor of George Carpenter.

There were no security cameras in the parking lot to help with the investigation. If you have any information on who killed him, call Crime Stoppers at 615-74- CRIME.