WILMINGTON, N.C. —
Thomas Stephen Carnes of Wilmington, N.C., died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, following a long and courageous battle with coronary heart disease.
He was born in Meadville on March 11, 1942, a son of Gerald H. Carnes and Anna Krawzyn Carnes.
He graduated from Meadville Area Senior High School in 1960. He received a bachelor’s degree in education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in education plus his principal’s certification from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He taught for several years and then became a principal at several elementary and middle schools in the Washington County School System in Maryland. He retired in 1998 after 32 years of service. Following his retirement, he and his wife and son, Jon, relocated to Wilmington.
In Wilmington he was active in, and a volunteer with, the Cape Fear Guardian ad-Litem Association, a child advocacy and protection program, and the Interfaith Hospitality at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church which provides shelter and assistance to homeless families. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. He was a principled and engaging man who believed in God and giving back to his community.
Tom enjoyed greatly spending time with his two sons and grandchildren, fishing and boating off the Carolina coast with his friends and father, traveling overseas including Europe and Australia, and arguing politics and sports with his buddies, usually while having a few beers.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Bobbi Carnes; two sons, Mark of Atlanta, Ga., and Jon of Wilmington; two grandchildren, Alexis and Cody, both of Atlanta; his father, Gerald H. Carnes of Meadville; a brother, Gerald H. Carnes Jr. and wife, Anne, of Meadville; two nephews, Andrew of Pittsburgh and Ben of Raleigh, N.C.; and a niece, Jennifer, of New York City.
A celebration of life was held Monday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington, officiated by the Rev. Randy Green and the Rev. Victor Frederickson.
Condolences may be sent to Andrews Mortuary at andrewsmortuary.com. Memorials may be sent to Guardian ad-Litem Program — Judicial District 5, 272 N. Front St., Suite 215, Wilmington, N.C. 28401, Attention: Linda Bialaszewski.