Imogene Corley Carns

Imogene, known to many as Genie and Aunt Gene, was born on November 8, 1927 in Lexington, SC, to Maude Estelle Wingard Corley and Ernest Jamison Corley. She graduated from Lexington High School in 1945. It was during WWII and there was no money. She rode in a 1931 Model A to Sesquicentennial State Park for her Senior Trip where she had a picnic with her classmates who would remain good friends, even though all of the young boys who graduated with her had to go into The Service. Her high school class stayed in touch and kept a very long tradition of monthly dinners in Lexington on the second Tuesday night of each month and she even attended most of the dinners after moving to NC in 2006. Imogene attended Winthrop College from 1945 to 1949, majoring in Home Economics.

On June 10, 1950, Imogene married the love of her life, Alton Leroy Carns, and was married to him for 43 years until his death in 1993. From 1951 to 1956 she was employed as a bookkeeper at Colonial Stores Warehouse in Columbia, SC. She also served as comptroller during the last 2 years of her employment with them. In 1956 she gave birth to their only child, Angela “Angie” Carns Toma who is married to Robert Michael “Mike” Toma of Cornelius, NC. In 1973-74 she taught Home Economics at Eau Claire High School in Columbia, SC. She then became a Library Assistant at AC Flora High School in Columbia, SC from 1974 until she retired in 1996. She had many years of perfect attendance and was at school extra early each morning where she loved the staff and students with whom she works and interacted daily. She kept in touch with many of them over the years.

Imogene was predeceased by her husband, Alton Carns, her mother and father, Maude and Ernest Corley, 7 sisters, Lavinia Corley Miller, Essie Corley Monts, Sally Elizabeth Corley, Margaret Lee Corley, Ernest Corene Corley, Mary Eloise Corley, Maudine Corley Jackson, and 2 brothers, Ernest Jamison Corley, Jr and John Esais Corley. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Angie & Mike Toma, 2 sister-in-laws, Lois Branham Carns and Aldaray Stone Carns. She also has many nieces and nephews, Eskel N Miller III, Ethel Miller MacInnis, Jane Miller Turner, Elizabeth Monts Rauch Wright, William Lawrence “Bill” Jackson, Jr, Karen Corley, Kathy Corley Brown, Ernest Jamison Corley III, Susan Corley Mewborn Boan, Timothy Patrick Corley, Alton “Drennan” Park, Jane Park Gillette, Dewayne Michael Carns, Constance “Connie” Carns Ammons, Danny Ware Carns, Cheryl Carns Wylie, Pam Carns Roddey, Dr. Phil Carns and many spouses, children and grandchildren. She and Alton loved opening up their home to their family and friends any time and all the time. Many wonderful memories where made at their home in Columbia where everyone felt well cared for and loved.

Imogene Corley Carns has been a member of Rehobeth Methodist Church since 1951 where she taught Sunday School for many years. She served as Worship Chairman, Officer of the Women of the Church and received a Special Mission Recognition Award in 2006 from The United Methodist Women. She served at the Soup Kitchen and other mission work giving of herself, her time and her talents tirelessly and with joy in her heart. She lived her later years since 2006 at The Pines at Davidson, NC to be near her daughter and son-in-law. She absolutely loved her life at The Pines where she was known as “The Pound Cake Lady”. She loved making residents, families and staff happy by baking her delicious old-fashioned pound cakes to share with them. She baked so many (195 in one year) that she went through 6 and was on her 7th oven. Her blood was Orange all of her life as a huge Clemson Tiger fan (25 family members over 5 generations on her side and 6 more over 4 generations on her husband’s side of the family…and many more to come)! She became a great Davidson Wildcats fan in 2006 when she began attending the men’s and women’s basketball games and baking pound cakes for players and coaches. She was always known for being happy with a big smile on her face and a delightful laugh. She was a true blessing for her many friends and family and would love anything given in her memory to make a difference for others.

The funeral service for Imogene will be held 11 o’clock, Friday, October 12th, Shives Funeral Home, 7600 Trenholm Road Ext., Columbia with Dr. David Rockness officiating. Burial will follow in Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 10 o’clock at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Rehobeth Methodist Church, 6911 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29223, Sandhills School, 1500 Halbrook Drive, Columbia, SC 29209, The Pines Resident’s Fund at The Pines at Davidson, 400 Avinger Lane, Davidson, NC 28036 or First Presbyterian Church, 249 West McLelland Avenue, Mooresville, NC 28115.

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