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11/25/2012 12:13:00 PM
Marion Carnell

Marion Pinkney Carnell, former member of South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 14 for over 40 years, died November 22, 2012 at National Healthcare of Laurens.  He was 84 and was the husband of Sara Moore Carnell.  In addition to his legislative duties from 1961 to 2002, Mr. Carnell also formerly co-owned and operated Piggly Wiggly Stores in Ware Shoals and Ninety Six from 1957 to 2002.

Born in Ware Shoals, March 8, 1928, he was son of the late Calvin W. and Panna Page Carnell.  He was a graduate of Ware Shoals High School and was a US Navy Veteran.  Mr. Carnell was a member of First Baptist Church, Ware Shoals Lions Club, Ware Shoals Masonic Lodge, the American Legion and the Forty & Eight.  He was also a member of the Burton Center Foundation Board and was the Carolina Health Centers Legislative Liaison.

Surviving in addition to his wife of the home are a son, Marion Ray (Jane) Carnell of Ware Shoals and a brother, William (Frances) Carnell of Welford; grandchildren, Chastity (Jason) Vickery, Patrick (Lillian) Nicholson, Erin (Tim) Fleming and Jerred Carnell; six great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a daughter, Toni Lynn Carnell, a grandson, Marion Avery Carnell and a sister, Katherine C. Martin.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM Monday at First Baptist Church in Ware Shoals with Rev. Leon Jones, the Honorable James. E. Moore, Senator William H. “Billy” O’Dell, Jeff J. May and James L. “Jimmy” Burton officiating.

Burial with honors will be in Greenwood Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Patrick Nicholson, Marvin Carnell, Tim Fleming, Jason Vickery, Tommy Amick, Steve Dove, Richmond Hill and Danny Ballentine.

Honorary escort will be Rep. Mike Pitts, Dr. Dan Ball, Dr. Larry Jackson, John Drummond, Sen. Floyd Nicholson, Jones Buchanan, Giles Daniel, Robert Tinsley, Bill Whaley, William “Red” Thompson, Jennings McAbee, David Wilkins, Nick Theodore, Henry Harrison, Rex Carter, Dr. James Smith, Sam Riley, Fred Teeter and Townes Jones.   

The body is at Blyth Funeral Home in Greenwood and will be placed in the church at 1 PM Monday. 

The family is at the home 43 S. Greenwood Ave. and will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 to 4 Sunday afternoon.

The family request that flowers be omitted and memorials made to the Marion P. and Sara Moore Carnell Scholarship Fund, Lander University, 320 Stanley Ave., Greenwood, SC  29646.

For online condolences please visit

Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the Carnell family.

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Article comment by: belinda skelton

Sure going to miss seeing Mr. Carnell walking through the halls at NHC asking if we need help. Condolences to the family.

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012
Article comment by: Helen Butler O'Dell

To The Carnell Family:
I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr. Carnell was a one of a kind man. He helped my Family ( Robert & Mary Butler) on numerous occasions over the years. If we didn't have it, you could always count on Mr. Carnell being there for us. He touched so many lives in Ware Shoals and surrounding areas. As for me, I will surely miss him. We will continue to keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Helen Butler O'Dell

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