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CARNIE LISTON CARNIE "Lex" (Age 89) Went home to see his beloved Nancy on November 21, 2012, passing peacefully in the night after a valiant fight. Lex a decorated Major in the British army during World War II was born in Edinburgh, capital of his beloved Scotland, on April 9th, 1923. After completing school at the Royal Academy, he joined the Royal Scots Regiment to save his homeland in theaters of war that included: Europe, India, Burma, North Africa/Middle East/Palestine, Persia and Iraq (P.A.I. FORCE). Posted to Officer training with the Indian Army, he went on to command, in his words, "the best fighters in the world" against the Germans, Italians, and Japanese during six continuous years of dedicated overseas service (with only a single 30 day leave!). Recovering from wounds in a desert hospital in Iraq, he met a beautiful young English army nurse (Hannah "Nancy" Kirkley Foster) who was the only nurse to volunteer to take care of this ornery Scotsman! Love blossomed, followed by a wedding in an underground chapel in Shuaiba Iraq on December 12, 1946 and a honeymoon in Baghdad where they met the boy King of Iraq. After the war, with a young wife and two children in tow, Lex immigrated to Canada and then to Washington DC. He completed a much respected career as a Gift Buyer, and then as a Senior Executive with Woodward & Lothrop Department Stores (now part of Macy's). Retiring to Florida and then to Memphis (after losing his beloved Nancy), Lex enjoyed continued world travels (logging a lifetime total of visits to over 80 countries) and time with his family. Lex leaves behind: sister Betty Carnie Tsichlis(Sam) in Omaha, daughter Heather Lundy (Bob) in Memphis, son Liston "Bob" Carnie (Toni) in Houston, four grandchildren (Jennifer Enderson (Paul), Bill Lundy (Ashley), Christine Carnie and Seaman Recruit Bobby Carnie), four great-grandchildren (Dayton, Hannah, Keenan and Avery), and relatives, in-laws, and friends in the US, Scotland, and England. Lex was predeceased by his father Liston "Lakes" Carnie, His mother Mary (May) McIntosh, and of course his beloved wife Nancy. Late in life, he became an American Citizen when, as a true Scotsman, he learned of better tax implications for doing this. To the end he remained loyal to his roots - lecturing the Judge during jury duty selections about the inferiority of the American legal system compared to the Scottish system - just prior to the Judge throwing him off the jury! Lex was a member of AARP, Elks (USA), Military Officers of America (Honorary), and Woodward & Lothrop twenty year club (1980). We'll all greatly miss Lex, but know he is happy again with Nancy! Life celebration service will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Canale Funeral Directors. Memorials can be sent to the Breast Cancer Fund in memory of Lex's wife Nancy.
Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 29, 2012