Beloved daughter, cherished sister, devoted wife, dedicated mother and grandmother and an especially loyal friend, Christopher “Chris” Munroe Carnes died at home on September 17, 2014 after a prolonged illness. Chris was born November 22, 1943 to William Bradley (Pud) Munroe, Sr. and Francis (Fanny) Phillips Munroe at Gadsden County Hospital in Quincy, Florida. As one of six children she was raised on Big Bite Plantation, a cattle and shade tobacco farm where she and her siblings were taught the value of hard work and the economics of saving part of everything you earned.
Chris was educated in the Gadsden County school system where her scholastic ability became evident by her membership in the Honor Society. As a cheerleader she was involved in numerous activities but still maintained excellent grades. Upon graduation she enrolled at Florida State University and pledged Kappa Delta Sorority. Selected as a part of the Flying High Circus she also became part of the Gymkana Court at FSU. The former Gadsden County beauty became a finalist in the Miss Tallahassee Contest. Additionally, she was named the Gadsden County Tobacco Queen in February, 1961.
In her junior year at Florida State she met the love of her life Robert “Bob” T. Carnes. They were married June 27, 1963 and celebrated 51 years of marriage this past June. Chris completed her education at FSU and taught for thirty years in the Gadsden County school system.
Upon moving to Tallahassee, she became a member of the Tallahassee Cotillion Club and was active in Kappa Delta Alumnae Association and the Tallahassee Garden Circle. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church.
Family was and is the most important legacy she instilled in her three children as evidenced in a written review entitled “A Strong Focus On Family” written by George Christopher Carnes which has been passed on to the family.
Chris is proceeded in death by her father William “Pud” Bradley Munroe, Sr.; her son Robert “Ted” Theodore Carnes, Jr. and her brother George “Tony” Anthony Munroe. Chris is survived by her mother Francis (Fanny) Munroe Malone; her husband Robert “Bob” T. Carnes; her daughter Laura Fraser Carnes of Denver, CO and her son William “Bill” Bradley Carnes and his wife Traci of Tallahassee as well as two grandchildren Jordan and Bradley. She is also survived by a sister, Fraser Munroe Smith and three brothers, Bradley, Mike and Pete Munroe.
The services were held Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM from the graveside at Roselawn Cemetery, Piedmont Dr., Tallahassee, FL.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Robert (Ted) Carnes Memorial Foundation at Robert F. Munroe, 91 Old Mt. Pleasant Rd., Quincy, FL., 32351, The American Brain Tumor Association, or a charity of one's choice.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, 15 S. Jackson St., Quincy, FL., (850-627-7677), is in charge of arrangements.