History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home has been serving Fairmont and the surrounding communities since 1914. Four generations of Funeral Service Professionals have served with the Funeral Home.

Oliver Carpenter, an original founder, served from 1914 until his death in 1967. He was accompanied in work by his wife Dora Carpenterwho was active in the business until she passed away in February of 1979.

Earl Carpenter was a second generation funeral director. Earl took over primary management of the company in the mid 1960's and was very active until his death in April 16, 2004.Terry L. Carpenter, was a third generation licensed funeral director and retired at the end of 2011.  He and his sister Karen S. Gribben, who remains active in the business, serving as secretary, have personally overseen all operations of the business over the last 25 + years. Terry and Karen have accomplished many building improvements over the last several years to the facilities of Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home.George M. Gribben is a fourth generation licensed funeral director at Carpenter & Ford since 1993 and has now taken over his uncle Terry's duties as President and Licensee In Charge.  

The staff at Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home serves our families with the compassion and dignity that each deserves at such trying times.

  • George M Gribben

    George M Gribben Owner/ Funeral Director

  • Karen S Gribben

    Karen S Gribben Secretary