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Obituary: James W. Karnes, 86. member CV Christian Church


Mr. Karnes was a highly respected and very popular Cane Valley citizen who played a major role in agriculture in Adair County and in the business community of Cane Valley, KY.

James W. Karnes, 86, of the Cane Valley Community, died Thursday, June 19, 2008, at the home of his sister in Green County, KY.

The funeral service will be Sunday, June 22, 2008, at 1:00pmCT, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home with Bro. Eldon Rucker officiating.

He was the son of the late Napoleon and Emma Dexter Karnes, a member of the Cane Valley Christian Church.

He was a prominent and highly respected businessman in the Cane Valley community. For many years he operated Karnes Feed Mill, in old downtown Cane Valley.

Later, he opened the large, very popular Valley View Restaurant at Cane Valley, out on the new KY 55. The restaurant was famed for its country ham, for its food quality, and for the wonderful hospitality personified in Mr. Karnes' manner. The restaurant is still fondly remembered as one of the all-time great places to eat ever in South Central Kentucky

Mr. Karnes was a retired farmer who had played active roles throughout his life in promoting agricultural progress in Adair Co., KY. He took great pride in showplace family farm on Cane Valley Road.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Karnes, on June 18, 1991.

He is survived by the following:
  • One son and daughter-in-law: Jerry and Janice Karnes, Cane Valley, KY.

  • Two daughters and sons-in-law: Mary and Bobby Sewell, and Linda and Lee Daniels, all of Louisville, KY

  • Three sisters: Dorothy Curry and Louise Phillips, both of Louisville, KY; and Emily Cundiff of Greensburg, KY

  • And six grandchildren and six great grandchildren
Burial will be in Haven Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 4:00pmCT, Saturday, June 21, 2008, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
This obituary was made possible through the support of Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, established in 1926, located one block off the Square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia. To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone 270-384-2149, or E-mail: Large enough to serve comfortably; Small enough to serve personally.

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