Carpenter, Cornelia Ann “Carra””Corrie”

Cornelia Carpenter Lyles, c. 1977.

Carpenter, Cornelia Ann, c.

Cornelia Ann “Carra” Carpenter Lyles, undated.












Class of 1921

Birth: March 25, 1902, Stanly County, North Carolina
Death: August 29, 2005, Cabarrus County, North Carolina

Hampton Phillips Carpenter (1871-1939)
Margaret Elizabeth Love Carpenter (1882-1954)

William Crawford Carpenter (19001945)
Viola Cornelia Carpenter Furr (19041989)
Boyd Hampton Carpenter (19061966)
Pinkney Allen Carpenter (19091961)
Ruby Lee Carpenter Williams (19111976)
Raeford Claude Carpenter (19151970)
Barbara Carpenter Lippard (19212004)

Manlius Smoot Lyles (1901-1979)

Elizabeth Leola Lyles Jones (1922 – 2014)
Lorene Carpenter Lyles Boger (1924-2016)
Jacquelyn Lyles (1925-1932)

Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina

Source: 16699827


The Concord Daily Tribune, June 3, 1921, p. 6.

Miss Corrie Carpenter and Mr. Smoot Lyles were quietly married on Tuesday evening in Kannapolis, it became known late yesterday to the many friends of the young couple. Both Mr. and Mrs. Lyles were employed at Efird’s, and it was here that the romance began which culminated Tuesday in their marriage. They will make their home here with home folks for the present.


Kannapolis Daily Independent (Kannapolis, NC), 27 Jul 1977, 1.

State Post Announced

CONCORD – Mrs. M. Smoot Lyles of S. Union St., Concord, has been appointed by Gov. Jim Hunt to a one-year term on the 12-member North Carolina Railroad board of Directors.

Eight members of the panel and the officers are appointed by the governor and four members are appointed by private stockholders.

Mrs. Lyles is a member of the First Baptist Church were she has served as Sunday school teacher and president of the Women’s Missionary Society, on the church council, and as a member of the house and grounds committee and building committee.

She is currently chairman of activities for the senior citizens group.

Mrs. Lyles is a former president of Coltrane-Harris chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, was a member oof the board of cemetery commissioners for 16 years and is a life member of the N. C. Antiquities Society.

She is a member of the N. C. Literary and Historical Association and the Ethel Williams Book Club.

Mrs. Lyles was educated at Mont Amoena Seminary in Mt. Pleasant.

She and her husband have two daughters, Mrs. Bobo Boger and Mrs. Broadus Jones, both of Concord.



Mrs. Lyles was born the daughter of the late Hampton Phillips Carpenter and Margaret Love Carpenter and she graduated from Stanly Hall High School and Mont Amoena Seminary. Mrs. Lyles was a homemaker and a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Concord, where she served as Sunday school teacher, president of the Women’s Missionary Union, member of the church Council, House and Grounds Committee and the Building Committee. She co-founded the Young Hearts Senior Citizens group at the church. Her civic activities included service with a Senior Citizens Group, former president of the Coltrane Harris Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, member of the Board of Cemetery Commissioners for 16 years, a life member of the North Carolina Antiquities Society, member of the N.C. Literary and Historical Association and a member of the Ethel Williams Book Club. In July of 1977, Gov. James B. Hunt appointed Mrs. Lyles to the North Carolina Railroad Board of Directors where she served eight years. In 2000, she was appointed by Gov. Hunt as the first female recipient of the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine. She was also honored with the Cornelia C. Lyles Scholarship, through Cabarrus County Democratic Women, which she co-founded in 1959. Carra was married to the late M. Smoot Lyles, an Oil Distributor. He was also a former County Commissioner for sixteen years and Chairman of the Democratic Party for ten years. Carra died at Northeast Medical Center at age 103.