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Kenneth Woodrow Carnes

Obituary for Kenneth Woodrow Carnes

June 20, 1956 - June 8, 2013
Pikeville, North Carolina | Age 56

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Kenneth W. Carnes, 56, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2013. He was the son of Harry W. and Eloise V. Carnes of Goldsboro.

Kenny was born on June 20, 1956 and grew up in Morningside, MD. He graduated from Crossland High School on June 15, 1973. Kenny enjoyed motor cross racing and on April 14, 1974, while participating in a motor cross race, he was seriously injured. As a result of the injury, he became a paraplegic.

Kenny became interested in the sport of wheelchair racing and as his interest peaked he devoted full time to racing and traveling. He raced extensively in the United States as well as Canada, China, Japan, Venezuela, Holland, Spain, Poland, Portugal and Russia. He was the winner of numerous races. Kenny was a World and National record holder in the sport of wheelchair racing.

He was especially proud of winning the Sadler's Midnight Sun Race in Alaska held July 22-27, 2000. The race was 267 miles starting from George Parks Highway and going to Anchorage. Kenny's most recent race was April 15, 2013, the Greater Goldsboro Road Run. He was the hand cycle/wheelchair winner.

Kenny received the following honors for his racing ability: Disabled Athlete of the Year presented by Track and Field for the United States, Governor's Salute to Excellence in Maryland (1992), and inducted in the U.S. Marine Corps Marathon Hall of Fame, October, 2000. Kenny finished first place five times and owns the course record for wheelchair racers which was set in 1990.

He was employed by Eagles Sports Chairs, Snellville, GA, as a consultant from 1990 to 2000. Most recently he was employed part-time as a people greeter at the Walmart in Rosewood.

Kenny is survived by his mother, Eloise Carnes. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry W. Carnes, October 11, 2007.

A service remembering Kenny's life will be held Friday, June 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home with Rev. Rose Hicks and Rev. William Creech officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home and other times at the home of his mother.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be given in his memory to St. Joseph United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 43 Pikeville, NC 27863.

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