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Wiley B. Carnes


Source: The Courier Gazette
McKinney, Texas,
Saturday, January 12, 1910

Death Of W. B. Carnes

Never have the people of McKinney and surrounding country been more profoundly grieved and shocked than by the announcement of the death of Secretary W. B. Carnes of the McKinney Commercial Club, which occurred at his home on North Church street, at 2:10 o’clock this morning.

Mr. Carnes was taken sick about ten days ago with la grippe, followed by an acute attack of a chronic stomach trouble, and almost before it was realize that he was in a serious condition, he had passed away.

W. B. Carnes was the oldest son of W. D. G. and Mary Carnes, and was born at Liberty, Tenn., September 23, 1860, being therefore in his 50th year. On May 10, 1877, at Smithville, Tenn., he married Miss Elizabeth Allen, daughter of Hon. J. M. and Mrs. Elizabeth Allen of that place, and he is survived by his wife and two daughters. Misses Beulah and Nannie. One daughter and two sons preceded him in death, his sons dying in infancy.

He united with the Christian church at fourteen years of age and entered the ministry at the age of 21 years. He came to Texas with his family in 1887, and located at Lancaster, as pastor of the Christian church of that place. He has since served as pastor at Weatherford, Cisco, Abilene, Terrell, Cleburne, Melissa, Denison and Dallas, serving the McKinney Avenue Christian church in the latter city. Not only was Mr. Carnes a successful, consecrated minister, but he took great interest in the material as well as moral and spiritual progress of Texas, and was an energetic, enterprising, clear-sighted man of affairs in the commercial world. He was engaged successfully in the grocery business in Denison, and for two years served as secretary of the Commercial Club of that city, during which time he did much for the development of the “Gate City.” For two years has (sic - he) was State organizer of the Texas Retail Merchants’ Association, which position he voluntarily resigned to become secretary for the McKinney Commercial Club, at its organization, something over two years ago. His magnificent work in this capacity is an open book to the people of McKinney and Collin county. It is admitted on all sides that since the organization of the Commercial Cloud, of which Mr. Carnes has been the first and only secretary, the town has made by far the greatest forward strides in her history, and he has laid broad and deep the solid foundation upon which to rear the city’s continued growth and prosperity. Mr. Carnes was a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Commercial Secretaries Association and recognized as one of the leading and most effective workers in behalf of Texas development in the entire state.

Mr. Carnes has also been serving as secretary of the Collin County Home Relief Association, and notwithstanding the manifold demands upon his time and attention as secretary of the Commercial Club, among the results of which might be mentioned the successful carrying forward of the paving of the square and adjacent streets, the establishment of the McKinney Creamery, and the securing of a $200,000 cotton mill for McKinney, he has never lagged in his interest and zeal in the ministry, which was to him a labor of love. He has preached at different churches and held meeting at various points in Collin county since coming here, and at the time of his death was pastor of the East McKinney Christian church. He had also arranged to preach at other points in the county during the year, principally in mission work, and devote the proceeds to the care of orphan children.

Besides his wife and two daughters, Mr. Carnes is survived by two brothers: A. R. Carnes of Fort Worth and Percy T. Carnes of Knoxville, Tenn., and three sisters: Mrs. J. B. Cummins of Fort Worth; Mrs. A. G. Morgan of Cookeville, Tenn., and Mrs. J. M. Heaton of Barry, Texas. He leaves two half brothers and one half sister, as follows: Ernest and Quita, and Miss Willie Carnes, of Thorp Springs, Texas.

Mr. Carnes was a Knight Templar Mason, and Odd Fellow and Woodmen of the World, and in every walk and relation of life, measured up the highest standard of noble manhood and Christian citizenship.

Funeral Arrangements

Funeral services will be held at the First Christian church, tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. M. Bell. After the services at the church, the Masonic fraternity will take charge, assisted by the Woodmen of the World, and under these auspices the final rites will be held, after which the interment of the remains will be made at Pecan Grove cemetery.

Death Of W. B. Carnes

The Courier-Gazette, McKinney, Texas
Wednesday, Janary 12, 1910, p1
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The Courier-Gazette, McKinney, Texas
Wednesday, Janary 12, 1910, p5
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McKinney, The City Beautiful

an article by W. B. Carnes

Source: The Courier Gazette, McKinney, Texas,
Saturday, February 6, 2909
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W. B. Carnes

Source: Texas Disciples, by Colby Hall

East McKinney Christian Church

The Courier-Gazette, McKinney, Texas
Thursday, February 4, 1909, p24

3000 Attend The Woodmen Unveiling

The Courier-Gazette, McKinney, Texas
Monday, October 17, 1910 p.3
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In Brief — Address by Perkins

"The memorial address was delivered by Sovereign Tom W. Perkins, who said: “The hearing of that solemn, yet beautiful anthem, written by an honored and beloved brother, Wiley B. Carnes, whose death was universally mourned throughout the county, recalls to me the loving soul and implicit character of the composer. We have me here to do for him as he had done for many other loved ones who preceded him on that last journey to the Great Beyond. It was my fortune to form an intimate acquaintance with this sovereign, who, as minister of the gospel, and fraternal brother, worked solely for the good of mankind. I, who was probably instrumental in inducing Sovereign Carnes to move from Denison to McKinney, was naturally ver much interested in him, and his loss is, if possible, even more deeply felt by me than by my brother sovereigns here assembled. His life among us is too well known for me to comment on, but I can say that he was not only a loyal citizen, true and loving husband and father, but was ardently engaged in the highest service attained by man—a follower of Jesus of Nazareth.”

In conclusion, Sovereign Perkins said, in speaking of the moral and influential standing of the order: “Where you find Christianity and intelligence you will find Woodcraft, and if you live up to the morals of Woodcraft, you will be a better citizen, better father, and better husband." (See Woodmen Monument Below)

Death Of W. B. Carnes

McKinney Weekly Democrat-Gazette, McKinney, Texas
Monday, January 20, 1910 p.6
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Directions To Grave

Wiley B. Carnes is buried in the Pecan Grove Cemetery in McKinney, Texas. Take Hwy. 75 north of Dallas toward Sherman, Texas. At McKinney, take Hwy 399, South Central Expressway toward the East. In a couple of miles you will see the Cemetery on your right. Enter the main entrance and continue past the first section. The second section is a good bit longer, but this is the section where W. B. Carnes is buried. At the end of the section stop and head in to your right. From pics below you will be able to see the location of the grave. The GPS coordinates below is the exact location of the grave. The grave information is: Space: 6, Lot: 5, Block: 104.

GPS Location
33°10'44.1"N 96°36'57.4"W
D.d. 33.178916, -96.615942

Peacefully his life's spirit left us
Lo, the Lord has claimed his own
He is waiting now to greet us,
Close beside our Savior's throne.
Woodmen Of The World Memorial

Photos Taken - September 4, 2015
Webpage produced - 08.18.2020
Courtesy Of Scott Harp

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