Terrance Wayne Carpenter, a longtime community activist from South Philadelphia, died on Friday August 7, 2020 from a long illness. He was 57 years old.
Carpenter was born in Philadelphia on April 26, 1963 to the late Amanda Virginia Carpenter and Fletcher Carpenter Jr. He graduated from South Philadelphia High School.
He dedicated his life to Jesus Christ in 2010 and joined the Philadelphia Prayer, Praise and Worship Center Church, Inc. under the tutelage of his brother Douglas and his sister-in-law Felisa.
Carpenter worked for Crisis Intervention Network and the Philadelphia Parking Authority before founding T. Wayne Associates, a consulting firm specializing in political and community advice. City Councilor Kenyatta Johnson said Carpenter had helped him in his youth and had an impact on the community.
“I consider him the mayor of Point Breeze,” Johnson said. “I met Terry Carpenter when he was working for Crisis Intervention. I got into a fight with guys from another part of the South Philadelphia neighborhood called Oohmob. Terry Carpenter came out and stepped in to resolve the conflict between me and the youth.
“Then I met Terry Carpenter years later while working with the late Grandma Nichols. [a well-known community leader] with the Point Breeze Federation around economic development issues in Philadelphia.
“Obviously, with Crisis Intervention, he had the opportunity to be on the front lines to tackle issues of gang violence and to lead young people the right way with street warrior Bennie Swans. [former executive director of Crisis Intervention Network].
“He was a great advocate not only for young people, but also for improving the quality of life in the Point Breeze neighborhood. He will certainly be missed. He’s definitely a big loss not only for Point Breeze, but for the City of Philadelphia as well.
Carpenter was commanding officer of the Sons of the American Legion from 2005 to 2006. He ran several taverns in South Philadelphia and was a well-known disc jockey. He loved to cook and was often invited to organize events.
Carpenter was a member of the 48th Ward, 32nd Division committee. As treasurer of the 48th Ward, he took care of financial decisions and was the unofficial “keeper of the Ward”. He was sometimes referred to as the “Mayor of South Philly”.
Carpenter was predeceased by his older sister, Janice Voorhees, and his half-brothers, Darryl and Dennis Jones.
He is survived by his sisters Norma Carpenter, Brenda Carpenter and Verna Carpenter Cotton; brothers, Dennis Carpenter, Douglas Carpenter Sr. (Felisa), Garry Carpenter, Jeffrey Carpenter Sr. (Marcia), Randolph Carpenter Sr. (Truemanna); and other family and friends.
A visit was held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday, August 17 at the Yesha Ministry Center, 2301 Snyder Ave., followed by a service at 10 a.m.