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Bucket drive honors late deputy
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Forsyth County News
Friends and co-workers of a late Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputy are getting a jump-start on next month’s Relay for Life.

From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, about 40 volunteers plan to man about 10 intersections countywide collecting money for cancer research.

It won’t be hard to spot them. Just look for the neon green shirts.

Tab McCoy Carpenter died in September after a two-year battle with cancer. His mother, Clara Carpenter, decided to organize the event because she felt her son “would have liked what we’re doing.”

The Tab Cancer Team is one of at least 95 groups participating in the annual Relay, an American Cancer Society fundraiser that last year brought in $248,000.

Detective Tuck Nicholls, who was a close friend of the late Carpenter, said organizers hope to collect $5,000 for their team Saturday.

“We hope to have at least four people at each intersection,” said Nicholls, adding that members of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 82 plan to help.

Clara Carpenter said she felt she should get involved because the date of the Relay, May 15, was her son’s birthday.

She plans to be out there with a bucket Saturday.

“I wouldn’t miss it for the world,” she said. “Tab was loved by the community, and he loved the community.”

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