Etheldred Wells "Freck" Carnes was born January 12, 1924 and passed away peacefully on June 10, 2016.
Freck was born to Thomas and Georgia Carnes in Murchison, Texas. He attended Murchison Schools where everyone had trouble pronouncing his name which earned him the nickname "Freckles" by one of his teachers. The name stuck but evolved to "Freck" and eventually "Daddy Freck" after grandchildren came along. Freck met Betty Lou Houston in Athens, Texas and they quickly fell in love and were married on Christmas Day. Freck and Betty celebrated 64 years of marriage on December 25, 2010 before she passed away in March of 2011.
Freck served 2 years as a U.S. Navy Seabee in the Pacific during World War II. His assignments included Guam, Hawaii and the Marianas. He was discharged at Camp Wallis in Houston in December 1945. He lived in Houston, Texas where he worked for Signal Oil & Gas until he retired in 1973. He was also a skilled welder who had a second career in that field. After he retired, Freck became a farm and ranch man who settled on his beloved family's land near Murchison, Texas. He had a great love of nature and was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and gardening.
He joined the Masons in 1946 and faithfully served in the Sharon Shrine Oriental Band for 40 years even after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
All who knew him will miss his dry wit, love of chocolate chip cookies, and joy when playing "42" dominoes.
Survivors include daughters, La Quita Cox (Gary) and Rhonda Spiares (Jim); four grandchildren, Mike Cox, Michelle Bussell (Terry), Tammy Corley (Robert), Jamie Martin (Heath); two great-granddaughters, Tessa Corley and Stoli Cox; one sister, Claudia; and beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, one half-brother, one half-sister, and his beloved wife.
Although Alzheimer's took him away from us years ago, he will be deeply missed by his friends and relatives. We are comforted knowing that Freck Carnes knows who Freck Carnes is again. The family extends deepest appreciation to all the staff at Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home where Freck lived for the last 3 years.
Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, June 14th at 9:30 am at Carroll-Lehr. Burial will follow at Oak Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Monday, June 13th with family available from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sharon Shrine Oriental Band 10027 Texas Highway 31 E. Tyler, 75705 or the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org/donate or the Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home.
Published on June 10, 2016