Donald Carnes

Obituary of Donald E Carnes

Donald Eugene Carnes was born April 6, 1926, in Chicago, Illinois of James Carnes and Lena Mae Carnes (nee Grant).  He died October 6, 2019, at the age of 93, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Virginia Malice Carnes.  He is survived by his son, Judge Steven L. Carnes of Tallahassee, Florida, two granddaughters, Dr. Lee Ann Annotti and Alexandra Carnes and two great-grandchildren.


He was raised in Hixson, Tennessee and graduated from Hixson High School.  He enlisted in the US Navy during World War II and served in Naval Aviation in Anti-Submarine Warfare.  After World War II, he attended the University of Alabama majoring in criminal justice.  He was a member of Lamda Chi Alpha fraternity where he met his wife who was a member of Delta Zeta sorority.


Upon graduation in 1950, the couple returned to Chattanooga and Mr. Carnes was employed by the Hamilton County Probation Department and Mrs. Carnes became a teacher in the Chattanooga School District.  After the birth of their son, the Carnes moved to New Jersey as Mr. Carnes became employed by General Motors.  They moved to Bucks County Pennsylvania in 1958.  They remained in the Philadelphia area for the next 31 years living in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Upon retirement in 1989, the couple moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  They returned to Chattanooga in 2000 building a home in Lookout Valley overlooking the Tennessee River.


Mr. Carnes was active in the Masonic Order.  He was Past Master of the Haddonfield Lodge in Haddonfield New Jersey, Past Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey, Commander of Excelsior Consistory AASR in Collingswood, New Jersey, and in 1986 served as Potentate of Crescent Shrine in Westhampton, New Jersey.  He was honored as a 33rd-degree mason. 


Entombment services will be held on Friday, October 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Forest Hills Cemetery with the Rev. Eric Duble officiating.


The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the funeral home.


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Arrangements by Wann Funeral Home 4000 Tennessee Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37409 423-821-7551


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6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Wann Funeral Home and Cremation Center
400 Tennessee Ave.
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States


11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday, October 11, 2019
Forest Hills Cemetery
4016 Tennessee Ave.
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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