Obituaries for week of 7-12-06
- Madras Pioneer - Features
Former Madras resident William Melford Carnagey of Bend died July 5, 2006, at the age of 96.
Mr. Carnagey was born March 20, 1910, in Higgins, Texas, to parents Carl and Mary Jane (Thompson) Carnagey.
He married LaVelle Grater on June 27, 1933, in Madras. He owned a well-drilling business, then worked as a timber faller for many years. The Carnageys had lived in Madras since 1972, and recently moved to Bend to be near their sons.
He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, and had been an ordained minister in the church since 1941. In his leisure time, he was a fiddler and rockhound.
Survivors include his wife, LaVelle Carnagey of Bend; sons, Donald and Ronald Carnagey, both of Bend; Carol Faux of Madras; and Debra Bonacquist of Bend; brother, Tom Carnagey of Baker City; sister, Lorebelle Chapman of Milton-Freewater; 33 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held July 10, at the Kingdom Hall in Madras. Arrangements were under the direction of Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home of Bend.
Madras resident George Wharton Foster died June 25, 2006, at East Cascade Assisted Living Center at the age of 90.
Known to many locally as "Uncle George," Mr. Foster was born June 28, 1915, in Georgetown, Texas, to parents Wharton and Ethel (Landrum) Foster. He married AltaBelle Robbins following high school and began attending Southwestern University in Georgetown with the intent of becoming a doctor.
However, after Pearl Harbor was attacked, he volunteered for the U.S. Navy as a pharmacist's mate. He served in World War II, and later in the Korean Conflict as a hospital corpsman, until being seriously wounded. While in the Navy, he was awarded with two presidential citations, three purple hearts and the Korean Campaign Ribbon.
After being given a medical discharge from the military, he managed two movie theaters in Austin, Texas, for 29 years, then began a second career as a housing inspector for the city of Austin. He attended the Methodist Church.
He was a lifetime resident of Texas and after his wife passed away in 2004, he moved to Madras to be near his niece. An article on his military experiences was featured in The Pioneer on Nov. 9, 2005.
Survivors include his nieces, Carolyn Slaughter of Madras and Judy Gregg of Dallas, Texas; nephews, Wesley Brokaw of Houston, Texas, and Alan St. John of Eugene.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m.., Friday, July 14, at the East Cascade Assisted Living Center in Madras. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.