Sarah Elizabeth Francis Carnes "Mom" MONROE - Sarah Elizabeth "Mom" Francis Carnes, 83, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2014. She was born November 20, 1930, in Beaufort County, NC daughter to the late Albert and Sarah Twitty Francis. She is also preceded in death by her husband Johnnie Ward Carnes, Sr., one great-granddaughter, Lilyann Deese of Monroe, and a brother and sister. Mom is survived by three children, Johnnie Michael Carnes and wife Teresa of Apex, Cynthia "Cindy" Deese and husband Bill of Mineral Springs, Johnnie "Butch" Carnes, Jr. and wife Carol of Monroe; seven grandchildren, Kelly Laton and husband Charles of Monroe, Brandon Carnes and fianc e Stephanie McCoy of Apex, Christopher Deese and wife Heather, Teresa Simpson and husband Zachary, Matthew Deese, Jacob Carnes all of Monroe, and Chris Carnes of Apex; four great-grandchildren, Olivia Laton, Tayla Simpson, Jonathan Laton and Leigha Simpson all of Monroe; two loving friends whom she considered a son and daughter, Johnny Coppedge and Karen Lowery of Lancaster, as well as many extended family and friends. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 11:00 am in Gordon Funeral Chapel, with burial to follow in Lakeland Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 26, 2014, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Gordon Funeral Service & Crematory, 1904 Lancaster Ave., Monroe, NC 28112. The family has suggested in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Mid-Atlantic Chapter, 9801-I Southern Pine Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273. Online condolences may be made at www.gordonfuneralservice.com.
Gordon Funeral Service, Inc.
1904 Lancaster Avenue Monroe, NC 28112
Published in Charlotte Observer on May 24, 2014