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MJ Carnes was born on March 12, 1938 In Cherry Hill, TX. He received his eternal reward on Thursday, September 13, 2018. He was raised by his mother and father along with his two older siblings. His father was a pastor, and church builder which caused their family to move around often. MJ attended 12 different schools between elementary and high school. His father instilled in him a love for God, the church, and people. MJ was a life-time faithful member of the Church of God, and a true pastor’s friend. He loved ministry, and taught Sunday school for over 40 years along with being the church clerk. He loved singing in church and did many solos, small groups/quartets, and choirs beginning when he was first able to talk. MJ’s father also passed down the ability to build and fix anything. He rebuilt engines, added several rooms onto his home, a mini grand piano that won an award at the Texas State Fair, and a trailer to carry flagpoles at the Dallas - Fort Worth National Cemetery. He was a jack of all trades. MJ got married to his beautiful bride Joy, on December 24, 1958. They were to celebrate 60 years of marriage this Christmas Eve. Together they have two children, three grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. Any one of his family members, former pastors and loved ones could spend hours talking about their memories of MJ. Their stories include heroism, kindness, jokes, his beautiful tenor voice, and most of all his love for Christ. Everyone who met MJ could tell that his heart was for the Lord. When asked who he would like to talk to if this was your last day on earth, he responded, “the one closest to hell.” MJ is survived by the love of his life, Joy Wright Carnes, Son, Wally and wife Debbie Carnes, Daughter, Lauren and husband Lester Cody, 1 granddaughter, Emily Carnes Ritter, and husband Kullen, 2 grandsons, Les Cody and wife, Nicole; Chris Cody, and wife Hadasha, 7 great-grandchildren, Alex, Londyn, Presli, Ellie, Georgia, Hank and Emma and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, nephews and cousins. MJ is preceded in death by his mother, Hattie Mae Foreman Carnes, his father, William M. Carnes, his brother, Francis Durell Carnes, his sister, Charlotte Jeo Carnes Shannon, brother-in-law Charles Shannon, and nephew 1st Sargent Charles Michael Shannon, US Army retired.