Feb. 10, 2024
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Feb. 10, 2024
2 p.m.



Sonya Arrowood Carpenter, 60, of Morganton, NC, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 3, 2024 after a brief illness.

Born in Burke County, NC on February 26, 1963, she is the daughter of Frankie “Peggy” Caraway Herd and the late Ernest Luther Arrowood, Jr.

Sonya was a devoted wife and mother who had unending love for her family. She enjoyed and was passionate about being a substitute teacher, and she took great pride in seeing her students succeed. Sonya had a warm and welcoming personality. To know her was to love her, and she seldom met a stranger. She could strike up a conversation with someone she met during her travels, and before they parted, would often be friends on social media. Sonya was a festive person who enjoyed decorating for all occasions and loved spending time with her family.

Mrs. Carpenter is survived by husband, William E. Carpenter, Jr.; sons, Blake Carpenter (Kelsey) and Chase Carpenter (Hannah); sister, Angela Arrowood Williams; nieces, Bailey Rose Smith (Kelly) and Hannah Williams; nephew, Eli Williams; and a great-niece, Adaline Hart.

In addition to her father, Sonya was preceded in death by her step-father, Thomas Herd.

The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 p.m., Saturday, February 10, 2024 at Burkemont Baptist Church. The memorial service will follow at 2 the church with Rev. Dr. Eddy Bunton officiating. The service will be live-streamed by the church on the church website or Facebook page.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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I knew Sonya from High School . She was always very sweet and nice. I always remember her smiling and being happy . She was always kind and nice to everyone. I was so very sorry to hear about her passing. Prayers for all of her family.

—Karen Erwin
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So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers! Love ❤️ y’all.

—Norma Smithson
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So sorry for your loss .Sonya was a sweet person who always met you with a smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all .

—Pat Deal

My condolences to this entire family. I especially want to send my prayers and love to her mother, Frankie. I am heartbroken for your extreme loss

—Maretta Hamrick

My heart felt condolences for a beautiful lady

—Kim Suttle
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Sonya was truly an amazing soul. Even through dark clouds, she always seemed to smile. Getting to volunteer with her at Salem, and then later on, her being a Substitute teacher in my son’s class. She taught my son to tie his shoes and helped him learn his ABCs. And for these things, amongst others, I will FOREVER be grateful for her. I love you Sonya and you will forever be missed. Fly high sweet Angel. Your boys will be okay❤️❤️❤️ Prayers to Bill, Blake, and Chase

—Brittany Powell

Bill. Very sorry for your loss sir...

—Brad Leonhardt

Taken way too soon cuz! I still can't believe you're gone, it seems unreal. I watch the videos from your 60th birthday party last year & you were so full of life & us acting Crazy as we always have & I just cry. I'm going to miss your laugh & your beautiful blue eyes & our crazy times. RIP sweet lady & we'll see each other again one day. I love you & will miss you. ❤️

—April Arrowood Henderson
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I am so blessed to have been one of the Lucky Ones to meet Sonya which she was vacationing in Nashville with Bill, Blake, and Chase. They came into George Jones and we just connected, and we stayed connected. She had a beautiful soul full of love for her husband and her boys. It was an honor to have met her. Your family is heavy on my heart, and my mind, as I know this is a tragic loss. My Love and prayers to all of you.

—Chelsey Tallant