Boonshill Opry star receives tribute
Doug Carpenter sings his last song during Saturday’s Boonshill Grand Ole Opry. ~ Staff photo by Lucy Williams
An icon in music here in Lincoln County earned his moment in the spotlight Saturday night during the Boonshill Grand Ole Opry, a community event noted for its good talent and giving spirit.
Doug Carpenter, one of the noted Carpenter Brothers until the deaths of brothers Glenn and Randal nine years ago, was honored for his 50-plus years of Opry shows for the Boonshill Community Center and Lincoln County. Making the presentation and honoring Doug for all that he has given the community over the years were Lincoln County Mayor Peggy Bevels and Sheriff Murray Blackwelder.
“This was real nice,” said Doug after the presentation. “This show and the community here mean an awful lot to me, and I appreciate them recognizing me like this.”
Over the years, the natural entertainer has performed in more than 50 of the Boonshill Grand Ole Oprys, as well as numerous other benefits, many of those with his brothers. Before Doug was old enough to play a guitar, he played the spoons while his brothers played other instruments. He started teaching himself to play the guitar when he was just 12, and over the years, he taught himself not only to play lead guitar but the banjo, bass and keyboard.
The Boonshill Grand Ole Opry shows have benefited numerous causes of the years, and Saturday night’s show was not different. This time, the show partnered up with the Fayetteville Lions Club with the show and a chicken supper for the benefit of constructing a log cabin stage Stone Bridge Memorial Park in Fayetteville. The stage will be named in memory of Joe Abernathy, who worked as a state trooper then served as head of public works for the City of Fayetteville.
If you didn’t get a chance to go the show, you can still help with the project. Donations may be sent in care of the Lions Club Stage Project and mailed to P.O. Box 217, Fayetteville, 37334.