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Christopher David “Chris” Carnes

Death 17 Oct 2010 (aged 26)
Cobb County, Georgia, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 101242123 · View Source
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Christopher David Carnes, Thursday, February 9, 1984 to Sunday, October 15, 2010.

On Sunday, Christopher David Carnes, 26, was suddenly, unexpectedly and mercifully in his sleep freed from the earthly body which had brought him constant, debilitating pain almost every minute of almost every day of his life.

We often, and rightfully so, characterized our beautiful son as a hero when speaking about him and in speaking to him.

The grief we suffer today is not altogether new for us -- there have been many days and nights we have grieved and prayed over the extraordinary unrelenting physical pain in Chris's life as he was physically unable to pursue his education, music and art giftings, and other dreams.

Christopher's heroism had to do with never losing hope (when medically there was none offered), getting up early every morning and forcing himself to go to pain therapy when I (his Dad) could hear his exclamations of pain as he was showering and getting dressed and treating his wounds; going to work at Uncle Zack's CPA when he could force himself; his big, generous heart and the way he loved and cared for his friends and family despite his own pain, telling his friends and all of us family that he loved us every time we said goodbye; often greeting me when I got home in the evening with a grin beneath his grimacing eyes, "Hi, Dad. How's it goin?" when I knew he was really having to make an effort to smile thru the pain. He maintained his great sense of humor.

He never met a stranger, loved talking to people, formed many deep friendships over the course of his life as people recognized what a special heart Chris had and were beneficiaries of this kind heart who wanted to listen and help, to "rescue." In fact, a number of Chris's friends in difficult circumstances, as a result of his compassion for them and our love for Chris and desire to help, actually lived with us in our modest home for months at a time.

Neither he nor we would say Chris always made the best choices, but His relationship with His Savior preserved him through many precarious situations. He knew we were proud of him and regarded his ongoing courageousness as heroic. And he was a gracious, grateful and caring young man. As for Chris's numerous health issues even after seeking help at Mayo, Emory and numerous specialists and alternative practitioners and dietitians and seemingly there being no "fix" for Chris's situation medically speaking, Chris never gave up that God would intervene supernaturally and/or medical science would find a way.

Well, our Christopher's chains were freed on Sunday, October 17th while his Mom was away with me (his proud Dad) as I played a piano concert. We received the call from his devoted brother, Patrick who found him.

We grieve from so, so deep within that we won't see his smile or hear his voice or feel his hugs. But we would not wish for him one more hour in the bodily form he has now transcended. He is in the presence of His Savior Jesus Christ whom, through all the pain, by the grace of God Chris never denied or lost faith in.

A memorial service will be held at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 850 Mount Vernon Hwy, NW, Atlanta (Sandy Springs), 30327, at 1:00PM Friday, October 22 with the Revs. James P. Wood, Bryan Pillsbury, Dean Ropp, Mark Miller, Dr. Jon Duncan and Dr. Aaron Menikoff leading.

Christopher is survived by his loving father and mother David and Tricia of Marietta, a devoted brother Patrick of Marietta, grandparents, Mrs. G.C. (Betty) Carnes of Marietta; Dr. and Mrs. Lonnie (Betty) Rex of Spring, TX; uncle, Royce Rex of Spring, TX; aunt, Debbie Parker of Tulsa; Aunt Cathy and Uncle Ricky Bennett of Acworth; and Uncle Zack Carnes of Kennesaw and cousins he loved.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to Mount Vernon Baptist Church, reference: The Christopher David Carnes Music Missions Fund for the furtherance of his church's regular, ongoing work with orphanages, children in prison, drug rehab centers and other works in Ukraine as well as spreading the Love of Christ here and in other parts of the world through music, spoken word and relief efforts in which his mom and dad and brother plan to continue leadership. Gifts should also be made to Wears Valley Ranch, Sevierville, TN which provides Christian homes, education, and counseling to children from families in crisis. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation Society and Memorial Centers in Marietta. (770) 420-5557

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on October 21, 2010


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