Condolence & Memory Journal

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I knew Kenny from when he lived in Morningside. I first met him on Andrews AFB and we spent a lot of time in Clinton, Maryland. Kenny was always a sweet sweet person and he will be missed. I just learned of his passing and I am stunned. I remember cheering him on with his races and travels and I was so happy with what he was doing with his life. He was truly a remarkable person and he will be missed. My condolences to his family. Robin Clemente June 26, 2021.

Posted by Robin Clemente - Clinton, MD - Friend   June 27, 2021

You were the love of my life. I never forget you. still to this day I have to go on this site just to see a picture of you. You make me smile and cry at the same time. You are forever in my heart. Love you ... Colleen "reds"

Posted by Colleen cparrish7894@outlook.com - London, KY - Friend   August 16, 2019

Kenny, I came across a picture of you the other day. RIP my Brother!

Posted by Dana Jackson - Washington, DC - Friend   June 07, 2019

I still think about all the good times we had! RIP my Brother!

Posted by Dana Jackson - Washington, DC - Friend   June 15, 2017

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I remember meeting Kenny outside of Wal-Mart one day and we spoke several times, before I convinced him he could be a people greeter and to go for the job... He was so Thankful for my encouragement and receiving the job he stopped to Thank me at the Jewelry counter. Always cheerful and also wanted to make you smile and be grateful for what you had... I am sure he will be truly missed. R.I.P. my friend.
Mrs. Carnes I am so sorry for your loss and pray for a healing heart. God Bless!
- Sharon Bolduc, - presently in Pawcatuck, CT

Posted by Sharon Bolduc - Pawcatuck, CT - Friend   June 11, 2017

I cannot believe you are gone..
I met you during the paralympics in the Netherlands years ago and I visited him in Morningside for a month after he returned home again. I had a great time with him and his parents!
RIP Kenny! You were a great guy!

Liefs, Jeanet XX

Posted by Jeanet van der Velde - The Netherlands - old friends   March 18, 2014

I was just thinking about you Kenny--Dana

Posted by Dana Jackson - Washington, DC - Friend   January 28, 2014

Mrs. Carnes, I am so sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. He was a sweet soul and a good friend to me in Morningside/Camp Springs. He would help anyone out and always was smiling. I am sure the angels are having a good time with him. Many blessings to you Mrs. Carnes. Marcia Murphy

Posted by Marcia "Hurley" Murphy - Charlotte, NC - Good Friend   November 05, 2013

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Mrs. Carnes, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We grew up with Kenny starting at Morningside Elementary, then Foulois and Crossland High. He was an outstanding multi-sport athlete, and this
greatness carried over to his racing career. Most importantly tho, he was a good friend to us and so
many others when we were growing up.
May Kenny rest in the peace of Christ. And may God bless and comfort you.

Posted by Gary & Cindi Lewis - Crofton, MD - School Friend from Morningside   July 04, 2013

Mrs. Carnes, very sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. He was loved by many. His spirit and passion inspired us all.

Posted by Lana Witiak - Fayetteville, NC - friend   July 03, 2013

Sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. We met Kenny when he was selling knives at the 301 Flea Market in Smithfield N.C. He was such a people person who most certainly turned tragedy into triumph. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Kim and Chris Wallace

Posted by Kim Hall Wallace - Four Oaks, NC - friend   June 28, 2013

Sorry to hear of kenny`s passing. I met kenny when i lived in morningside at my aunt betty call`s house back in early 70s. He was truly an inspiration to many. He turned tragedy into triumph . May he rest in peace.

Posted by kenny (k.p.) wyatt - uppper marlboro, MD - friend   June 19, 2013

Mrs. Carnes, Kenny was our (the Thomas family; Lee, Bob, Mark, Kim and Kari) paper boy when we lived in Morningside, then we connected again with him when he was injured. I remember the motorcycle he had with the sidecar. Then my son Mark was injured riding motorcross and Kenny used to come to our house to visit him. Kenny was an inspiration to Mark, and we often thought about him through the years after we lost touch with him. My whole family was so sad to hear of Kenny's death. Mark lives alone (he's very independent) and when I can't reach him by phone, I'm always concerned that something has happened. So I can just feel your heart on that day when Kenny didn't answer your call. May you be blessed with knowing how much he loved you and that he is now walking (and racing) in heaven.

Posted by Lee Thomas - Mount Jackson, VA - Neighbor   June 18, 2013

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We Will Miss You At Walmart You Help Me Out One Day There I For Got Some Bread One Day I Had Paid For My Other Thing,s & You Keep My Bag,s Until I Could Go Get My Bread & Pay For It You Where One Of The Nices People I Every At Walmart As A Door Person They Have Had There . So Sorry For Your Loss Mrs.Carnes You Had A Great Son.

Posted by Marie & William - Princeton, NC - Friend,s From Princeton   June 18, 2013

My name is David Stutchman, and my wife's is Heather. We ALWAYS go to Walmart, and we looked forward to seeing and talking with Kenneth. Neither of us knew him personally, but we always had cconversations with him in and out of the store...more than just the typical greeting from the others. He was truly and very special soul, and I personally will miss him immensely; we had an unspoken connection and friendship. It will be my prayers for a long time that God comforts and blesses EVERYON who knew Kenneth. God Bless

Posted by David Stutchman - Goldsboro, NC - Unspoken friend   June 17, 2013

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My condolences on the loss of Kenny. I was one of many that went to school with him and grew up in the same neighborhood. I remember him as a great kid. I know he will be deeply missed by his family and his many friends. Rita Johnson, formally of Morningside.

Posted by Rita Johnson - Harrisonburg, VA   June 14, 2013

We often saw him on the road, riding and training, but he would still try to wave as we passed. He was always cheerful and helpful when we saw him at Walmart, in line at the bank (he was on his racing bike), or any other time. We will be praying for the family during this time. May the Lord comfort you.

Posted by Pastor K. L. Buffaloe - Goldsboro, NC   June 14, 2013

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I missed your greeting at Walmart today, sorry to see you go. Deepest sympathy to your family and friends.

Posted by Cindy Lassiter - Lucama, NC - Walmart customer   June 14, 2013

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Hello, I am one of Kenny's friends from Morningside. In fact, Kenny and I went steady for about a month in the second grade. He will remain in my heart forever. I hope all take comfort in knowing he is in a better place.

Posted by Debra Ann Rosa - Friend   June 14, 2013

To Family - Kenny's warm and helpful ways and smile will be missed. May God Bless,

Posted by Jean Milleson - Fremont, NC - Shopper :)   June 14, 2013

Hard to believe, it has been many years since we were Larches Ct, Morningside, neighbors.....still remember playing touch football on your front lawn, as your dad coached us. So blessed we were able to reconnect a couple of years ago on facebook and chat from time to time. You will be dearly missed!

Posted by Ellen Hunt Brown - Clarksville, TN - Friend, Larches Ct   June 14, 2013

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Dear El,
Reading the many condolences about Kenny warms my heart and I am certain they will bring you peace. As you know, Kenny was so very special to Nathan , my parents, and to me. We were all there when Kenny won his FIRST Marathon in Pittsburgh!!! Kenny "tore-up" those hills of Pgh! Meeting Kenny on the ski slopes in Western PA, in 1989, was our beginning. Kenny never met a stranger. His smile was infectious, and his boyish sense of humor was uplifting, and his LOVE for mankind unequaled. I am so glad I stopped to surprise Kenny last month...That memory, as well as all of the rest of us together will remain in my heart, forever.
With love,
Nancy

Posted by Nancy Baker - Slippery Rock,, PA - Friend   June 13, 2013

I remember Kenny doing wheelies on his ten speed bike.....listening to Yes with Larry Swenton and just driving around on beautiful Summer nights he was an amazing athelete and an amazing person he never let anything slow him down..he had a great smile and a good heart. I'll always remember riding in his van down 14th street eating doughnuts and checking out the "working girls". He was special.

Posted by Ghislaine Prince (gigi) - Washington, DC - 10th grade girlfriend.....friend   June 13, 2013

Dear El,
I am so sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. He had great courage and such a sweet smile. He always made me feel like family anytime we got together. It was always,"Hi Pat, good to see you" and a kiss on the cheek. I will miss that.
Much love, Pat

Posted by Pat carnes - Hagerstown, MD - Cousin by marriage   June 13, 2013

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YOU ARE THE FIRST FACE I SAW THE DAY I FINALLY STOPPED MY BOYCOTT FROM WAL-MART :) YOU EVEN JOKED TO ME ABOUT FINALLY BREAKING DOWN AND COMING BACK IN THERE...WHICH MADE ME LAUGH OF COURSE...ALWAYS THE FRIENDLIEST FACE AND THERE WAS NEVER A TIME WHEN YOU DIDN'T TALK TO US...AND SCOTT LOVED TO TELL ME ABOUT ALL YOUR RACES AND HOW HE WOULD SEE YOU RIDING BY HIS SHOP..ALL THOSE MILES ON YOUR BIKE...I WAS SO PROUD TO BE ABLE TO BE AT THE DOWNTOWN GOLDSBORO RACE THIS YEAR AND SEE YOU FINISH ON YOUR BIKE..FASTER THAN MOST RUNNERS AND DEFINITELY FASTER THAN I COULD HAVE EVER RACED!! SUCH AN INSPIRATION!!!...YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED KENNY!!! REST IN PEACE...LOVE, SCOTT AND STEPHANIE JOHNSON!!!

Posted by STEPHANIE JOHNSON - GOLDSBORO, NC - FRIEND * WAL-MART SHOPPER   June 13, 2013

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Mrs. Carnes, my heart aches for you! I know how much he meant to you. We went to school together many years ago and he was always an insperation to me and many others. I hope you find comfort in our words and photos. His warm and wonderful smile will be missed by so many!

Posted by Debie Davis - Stafford (formerly Camp Spri, VA - friend   June 13, 2013

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Mrs. Carnes, I am so saddened by Kenny's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Kenny and I went to school together and I had the great pleasure of being at our reunion last year and reconnecting with Kenny. He was an inspiration to many and a friend to all. Kenny, you will be sorely missed.

Posted by Nancy Davis Taylor - Callao, VA - Friend   June 13, 2013

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Mother Carnes,
Words seem inadequate to express the sadness I feel about Kenny. I spoke and gave Kenny a hug on Friday, never knowing that that would have been the last. Kenny was my friend and I will surely miss him. We know the day will come, but death always leaves us with grief. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your loved one. As you grieve know that I am remembering you and honoring the memory of your son. If my hug was strong enough to take away your pain, I would start now and never stop.
With Love

Posted by His coworker Janet(customer service) - Goldsboro, NC - friend   June 13, 2013

So sorry for your loss! You all will be in our prayers. I visited Wal-Mart often and enjoyed seeing Kenny. He will definitely be missed. He was an inspiration!

Posted by Leigh Bartlett    June 13, 2013

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You will be missed. I always remember seeing you when I went to Walmart. I remember the day we had the discussion about should surgeries when you saw my arm all bundled up in a shoulder splint. You were one of our favorite door greeters. Rest in peace and my condolences go out to your family.

Posted by Rita Carter - Goldsboro, NC   June 13, 2013

Rest in Peace.. God bless your family.. God has a special Angel

Posted by Ann Kloos - Goldsboro, NC - Friend   June 13, 2013

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Rest in peace my friend..God bless your family..Going to miss you..

Posted by Susan Talton-Pender Jackson - Dudley, NC - friend   June 13, 2013

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Kenneth was a good friend to me. I always looked forward to seeing him at work and talking to him. I really admired him for his Charisma-the fact that so many people who are healthy dont want to do for themselves and he was a paraplegic and he would do anything the job called for. Kenny I loved you as a friend. I really will miss you. Lisa Driver

Posted by Lisa Driver - Kenly, NC - Friend   June 13, 2013

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Posted by Ann Radford - Snow Hill, NC - friend   June 12, 2013

I grew to love u . I will miss your wonderful smile Kenny u always had .I will miss u dearly .I know God has a special place in heaven for u Kenny.Walmart want never the same for me . I want to send my sincere condolences to your mom and family.Kenny u will be missed by alot of people .' Rest in Peace Kenny .

Posted by Ann RADFORD - SNOW HILL, NC - FRIEND   June 12, 2013

Kenneth will be missed. He always had a smile on his face when we came into Walmart. Always willing to help. Going to miss talking with him.

Posted by Ana C - Goldsboro, NC - acuaintence   June 12, 2013

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I loved talking to you and was go glad that I could help in directing you to get your job at Goldsboro,NC Walmart. I loved working with you. You will be missed. Go rest well on the Mountain my friend for God has called you home. God Speed

Posted by Sharon Bolduc - Laughlin, NV - Friend from Walmart   June 12, 2013

I know Kenny will be missed by everyone who knew him at different times of his life. Ernie and I remember getting up early one morning when at Disney World, Kenny was racing. We saw him come in first place. It was so exciting to watch, and to say, "we know him and his family"! Rest in Peace, Kenny, we'll see you on the raceway of Heaven.

Posted by Shirley & Ernie Doyle - Accokeek, MD - Friends of your parents   June 12, 2013

I just want to send my most sincere condolences to Kenny's passing. My name is Larry Coutermarsh and raced against him every time he raced in Alaska. He was a good friend and even though he was way faster and overall better than me he never made me feel "less than" he would give anything he had if you needed it and he always made me laugh. Even though he said (in reference to the Ultra Challenge) "Once I win this thing, I'm never gonna do it again" I'm gonna race this year in his honor (and to spite him, Cuz I said he would) Even though it's been a few years since we talked he is always in my thoughts I tell stories about him each year in the race I'll relate my favorite. Every time for years in the challenge after doing the 50+ miles and getting finishing way before most everybody he would go out have fun all night long get about 1 - 2 hours of sleep get up and race again finishing almost 1st. and At the end of the 300 miles of the race still finishing 2nd -4th place out of many he'd say "Why can't I ever win this thing" Well one year I had to say "Dude if you didn't go out an party you just might" Well the last time I saw him, he did and did win the thing. I'll miss him.

Posted by Larry Coutermarsh - North Pole, AK - Friend (racing brother)   June 12, 2013

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The Thompson family would like to extend our sincerest condolences to you, Mrs. Eloise Carnes. He was a friend and an inspiration for all of us, not just Jimbo, who was injured in 2008. Jim couldn't have said it more eloquently, "He now joyously walks with his maker." May your heart be at peace.

Posted by The Thompson Family - Pikeville, NC - friend, teammate   June 12, 2013

So sorry to hear of the passing of Kenny.... Didn't know him all that well, but he was always very friendly when we saw him at Walmart. He didn't seem to let anything get in his way. We can all learn from this man. You will be missed brother!

Posted by Scott Ely - Goldsboro, NC - aquantance   June 12, 2013

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Always had a smile on your face.Could always put a smile on anyone's face.Sweet dear friend we will miss seeing you at work!!!!!!! God bless your family We will keep you and your family in our hearts and prayers.

Co-worker Rosewood Wal-Mart
BJ

Posted by Billie Jo Webre - Goldsboro, NC - co-worker Wal-Mart   June 12, 2013

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We love you Mrs. Eloise!

Posted by Tammy Trail - Pikeville, NC   June 12, 2013

A competitor, role model and a member of the Marine Corps Marathon Hall of Fame, Kenny will always be remembered for his sportsmanship. I was honored to know him and our prayers are with his family and friends as we remember Kenny. God Bless!

Posted by Rick Nealis - Quantico, VA - Race Director, Marine Corps Mara   June 12, 2013

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Dear Mrs. Carnes and Family--I am so sorry for the passing of Kenny. But I'm so glad and thankful we were all able to reconnect with him recently. He still had that beautiful smile and made us laugh with his crazy sense of humor. It was a pleasure and honor meeting you and walking around with you at the Marine Corp Marathon last year. Kenny was very fortunate to have loving parents as you and Mr. Carnes. I could tell how much he loved you by the way he looked at you and his concern for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers, always. Kenny will be in our hearts forever. Love, Jackie

Posted by Jackie Niedermayer - Alexandria, VA - Friend and former schoolmate.   June 12, 2013

I'll miss you.

Posted by Molly - Goldsboro, NC - Friend   June 12, 2013

Dear Eloise,
Kenny was an inspiration to me and my family. We were deeply moved when we heard of his passing. His friendship was one of my greatest honors during our time in Pikeville. We laughed and shared our Mr. Kenny stories- his teaching my kids to ask "Are we there yet?" on vacation; how much I loved both riding with him and talking with him;... and more. He is healed now, his body whole and his spirit at peace. The next time we ride together, Jesus will join us, and many other friends as well, I'm sure. God bless and comfort you.

Posted by Pastor Paul, Holly, Bethany & Nathan - Wilson, NC - friend   June 12, 2013

Kenny will be missed along with his cheerful smile,Always wanting to help & always ready to conversate with anyone,he was special and touched many lives.Amen!!!!!

Posted by kim fields- smith - pikeville, NC - aquaintance/shopper   June 12, 2013

Kenny well be dearly missed I enjoyed working with him at Wal mart.my prayer go out to his mom

Posted by wanda ray - goldsboro, NC - friend   June 12, 2013

Kenny was a wonderful person. I enjoyed seeing him at work and talking to him often. He always had a smile and kind word for everyone. Kenny was such an inspiration to us all. In the last few days, I have heard many tales from customers about his amazing personality and presence. He touched more lives than he could ever know. We love you Kenny!!

Posted by Miranda Davis - Goldsboro, NC - Friend & Co-worker   June 12, 2013

Mrs. Carnes, so sorry to hear of Kenny's death. He was one of the first people I met in wheelchair racing, and was always willing to help, mentor new athletes and share his love of the sport. He was a great athlete, a great friend to many of us...he will be missed.

Posted by Linda Mastandrea - Chicago, IL - friend   June 12, 2013

Mrs. Carnes, I was so shocked to hear of Kenny's passing, and so saddened, he was a pleasure to work with, I so enjoyed when we worked the same shifts and we could have lunch together, listening to his stories of his racing career, he truly was an inspiration to all who knew him, he was such a genuine guy, and when he talked about his accomplishments it wasn't boastful but true pride and love for what he did, I think the thing I loved most about him was his sense of humor, and his ability, even when he wasn't feeling his best, to smile, he smiled, and chatted to each and every person that came through the doors at the store, and he will be so missed, he faced adversity, and his chair gave him wings, and he soared, in the eyes of everyone he touched

Posted by Beverley Webber - Rosewood, NC - Friend/Co-Worker   June 12, 2013

Mrs Carnes I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Mr. Kenny briefly at Walmart and he could light up a room and was always smiling. He has touched a lot of people and will be missed by so many. Again so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Jenny - Goldsboro, NC - Friend   June 12, 2013

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Mrs. Carnes, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Kenny was a very genuine and friendly guy! My husband and I will miss seeing him when we shop Walmart! He had my husband enjoyed their conversations about Kenny's racing!

Posted by The Brock Family - Goldsboro, NC - Customer   June 12, 2013

Dear Mrs. Carnes, Kenny was a great guy. He was an inspiration to myself and so many people around the world. Kenny and I were friends in Morningside. Last time I saw him was in about 1991 or 92 at the Rod and Reel Bar in Chesapeake Beach on a Friday night. We had a great conversation. As with everyone else, I am deeply saddened. I also feel honored and privileged to have known Kenny. Kenny will not be forgotten. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family.

Posted by Roy Thompson - formerly of Morningside, now, MD - Friend   June 12, 2013

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I am going to miss that pretty smile you gave me when I seen you at work. Always in my heart and God has a special Angel. God Bless the family. R.I.P MY FRIEND. From Debbie Kennedy.

Posted by DEBBIE - PIKEVILLE, NC - FRIEND   June 11, 2013

Mrs. Carnes, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Growing up in Morningside was such a blessing, I have known Kenny since the first grade. He was such a great friend and I will really miss him. I am so glad I got to spend time with him last August and November.

Posted by Gail Wells - formerly Morningside, MD, no, VA - Friend   June 11, 2013

My deepest sympathy, Mrs. Carnes. I only met you last November at the Marine Corp Marathon and realized immediately your love and adoration for Kenny and his for you. You must know that Kenny was an inspiration to so many and will be greatly missed. Our memories of Kenny will keep him alive in all of our hearts forever!

Posted by Linda Butler - Annandale, VA - Friend   June 11, 2013

Mrs. Carnes, my heart is heavy reading of Kenny's passing. The tributes on facebook have been remarkable. They tell the story of your strong-willed, loving son. My family lived on Larches Court near you and Kenny was welcome into our home all the time. Growing up in Morningside was one of life's blessings that I treasure and knowing Kenny is part of the story. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Jody Nyers - Conway, SC - Friend, Neighbor from Morningsid   June 11, 2013

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Dear Eloise,
My family and I want to extend our deepest heartfelt sympathy to you, as we know how much you love your dear son, Kenny. It is a privilege to assist you during this difficult time, as we, too, miss Kenny. We enjoyed the phenomenal experiences he shared, proving that one can change their course with faith, ingenuity, and stubborn determination. We will miss his tinkering with his cycle, pulling up to your house in his sporty car, grilling out on the deck, preparing for work, shouting out his greetings, and waving back at us when we passed him on the road as he pushed even in inclement weather, with his U.S. flag bouncing behind him. It is no wonder that he is a legend in the racing world, because he trained like a soldier and established high standards like a true champion. GOD bless you and Kenny. We look forward to seeing him again when he's walking around in heaven. Love and blessings from Gayle, Marin, James, and the Beverly's. A loving farewell "woof" from Rocky and Missy.

Posted by Gayle Heiskell - Goldsboro, NC - Neighbor   June 11, 2013

Kenny will truly be missed. It was a pleasure to see him around and we enjoyed our conversations with him. It is such a shock to us as I am sure it is to all who knew him. Our prayers are with his family.

Posted by Sherry McAllister and Sons - Pikeville, NC - Friend   June 11, 2013

"Kenny you will always be my friend"...Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us...God Bless you...and thanks for the inspiration...

Posted by Joni - Fremont, NC - Friend   June 11, 2013

"Kenny, I still have the lump in my throat. You have been a hero and inspiration to me for as long as I can remember. I have so many fond memories of the times we had running through Morningside. It was so nice to chat with you briefly-on Facebook. I am truly saddened. Kenny, you are so loved by many, Facebook is now Kenny Carnes book. Some of your dearest friends await you with open arms. You are truly a legend and we all will miss you.

Posted by Rick Waldow - LaPlata, MD - Friend   June 11, 2013

Kenny, A Champion of a man!

Posted by Wade Mahaffey - Mechanicsville, MD - Friend   June 11, 2013

Kenny, I will always remember that smile and the inspiration that you have given so many. Your dedication was amazing! Glad we were all together again for a short time....I will always rember you <3 bud love you>

Posted by Debie Davis - Stafford, VA - Friend for 40+ years   June 11, 2013

You will be missed very much Kenny. My husband & I always looked forward to seeing you at WalMart and talking with you. You always had a smile and hello to everyone. May God be with your family during this time.

Posted by Durwood & Diane Deaver - Pikeville, NC - friend   June 11, 2013

Kenny, I am so grieved that you are gone, and so proud of how you lived your life and that I can call you my good friend! Will never forget you, and all your courage.

Posted by Thomas Jennings - Henrico, VA - Friend   June 11, 2013