On Saturday, friends of Kenneth Carpenter gathered for a memorial service at West Nashville's Little Pantry.
"This is a man who had nothing," said Stacy Downey. "He would ride the bus from way out near Antioch all the way up here to help us. He would work all day and ride the bus back home."
Earlier this month, Carpenter, 57, was found dead inside a storage unit he rented in Antioch. According to investigators, his death was likely heat-related.
"It was devastating. It was really, really devastating," said Marquia Pickens.
"He was a good example - not just of a homeless person, but a human being," Pickens said.
Friends described Carpenter as a quiet man who never complained. They also said he was always willing to give to others.
"We had a family whose house burned and Kenneth gave them all the furniture he had in his storage unit. He didn't want them to go without it," Downey said.
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