Surrounded by family and friends, Dr. James B. Karnes, 86, of Columbia, went to his eternal home on October 11, 2013.
Visitation will be held at Forum Christian Church on October 18, 2013 from 11 to 1 pm. Service will take place at 1 pm and burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Jim was born in Abernathy, TX to John Wesley and Emma Bryant Karnes on November 19, 1926 and they preceded him in death. He went to school in Denton, TX and graduated from high school in Garland, TX in 1943. Jim served in the Army and Air Force during WW II. He supervised the work detail for Japanese prisoners. Jim went on to earn a BS in Industrial Education from the University of North Texas. He earned a Masters and ED.D from the University of Missouri where he taught Industrial Technology for 23 years. He then purchased investment properties which was his second career. Jim was passionate about his family and his faith. He was ardent about Creationism, conducting numerous seminars in evangelical churches and Christian schools in both Missouri and Texas, promoting scientific evidence which supports the veracity and integrity of the Bible.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; son Scott B. Karnes; daughter Dana R. Miller; brother Ray Karnes; sister Mildred Lynch; sister Mondue Karnes, and brother John Karnes.
Jim is survived by, his wife of 45 years, Sandra B. Karnes of Columbia; daughter Catherine Couser Collins, husband Sam, of Columbia, MO; son Cliff Couser, wife Jen, of Jacksonville, FL; son Dr. Chris Couser, wife Charlene, of Littleton, CO; grandsons Russ Miller, wife Kim, of Sioux Falls, SD, and Caleb Collins of Columbia; granddaughters Samantha Collins of Columbia, and Taylor Morton of Littleton, CO; great-grandsons Ethan and Asher Miller and great-granddaughter Sienna Wilson. He is also survived by his siblings Elizabeth Pottinger of Hide-Away-Lake, TX; Alwilda Karnes of Fort Worth, Texas; Runnell Bowman of St. Petersburg, FL; and Dr. Charles Karnes of Durango, CO.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Karnes/Bryant Scholarship Fund, University of North Texas, Division of Development, 1155 Union Circle #311250, Denton, TX 76203-5017.