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Funeral services for Samantha Carol (Pendleton) Carnes, age 31, a Tishomingo resident, formerly a longtime Atoka County resident, were held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 22, 2020, at the Atoka High School Cafetorium, in Atoka, with Brother Joey Lansdale officiating and Uncle Mike Knox assisting.
Interment was in Butler Cemetery, at Lane.
Services were under the direction of Brown’s Funeral Service, in Atoka.
Carnes passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020, in an accident at Kingston.
She was born on Monday, January 2, 1989, to Stacy and Dawn Marie (Mason) Pendleton, at Denison, Texas.
Carnes graduated from Atoka High School, in 2007, as Salutatorian. She was a member of the School Choir and the National Honor Society. After graduation, she went on to attend Southeastern Oklahoma State University and then attended Murray State University.
She married William Carnes on March 10, 2010, at Atoka. They celebrated 10 years of marriage before her passing.
Carnes was the Office Manager for Brown’s Funeral Service, in Madill, where she was also a licensed insurance pre-need salesperson. She worked for Brown’s Funeral Service for 14 years. It was the only job she ever had.
At a young age, Carnes began captivating others with her curly hair and infectious smile. Her charm and playfulness made her an easy favorite in many beauty pageants, she participated in from age 2 to 5 with her mom. As a baby and toddler Carnes spent her time going on truck runs with her mom and dad, wrestling with her Uncle Bubby, going worm hunting with her Granny and Grandpa, or causing mayhem with her cousins at her Aunt Lori and Uncle Mike’s house. She was always surrounded by her family, and was certainly always the baby of the family. While her nature has always been to love and include others, this sentiment was not extended if she felt that her status as the baby of the family was threatened. Many might describe Carnes as quiet and reserved, but her family and those close to her would argue that she was equally compassionate and the most loyal person you could ever have on your side. No matter what was going on in her personal life, she was always there to love and support her friends and family whenever they needed it. Carnes extended this love and drive to help others with her couponing. While everyone close to her is aware that she dove into “the couponing world” head first, which lead to creating a whole room dedicated to all her couponing treasures, what everyone may not know is those treasures were used to create “dirty Santa boxes” for her family and friends. In addition to this, on multiple occasions, Carnes used her couponing as an opportunity to bless flood and tornado victims with personal care and household items. These acts of kindness were a tribute to her character and kindness. She not only enjoyed helping her family and communities, but she also enjoyed being active in both her school and church. Carnes attended the First Assembly of God Church, in Atoka, most of her life. As a member, she participated in Bible Quiz. Carnes also enjoyed performing at gospel music concerts with Esther and her Granny. She has always been creative and loved to write songs, poems, and stories many of which have yet to be published. Carnes has submitted and won awards in local and national poetry contests. She was also able to record a cd titled “Samantha and Esther” with her friend, Esther. Her creativity knew no limits and she often could be found drawing pictures which she frequently gifted to those around her.
Survivors include her husband, William Carnes of the home, in Tishomingo; father, Stacy Pendleton of Eufaula, formerly of Lane and Tushka; mother, Dawn Brown and husband, Eddie, of Atoka; grandfather, Harold Pendleton of Coalgate; aunts, Lori Knox and husband, Micheal, of Atlanta, Texas and Tonya Spurrier of Denver, Colorado; uncle, Loren (Bubby) Mason of Atoka; cousins, Amanda Spencer and husband, Adam, along with children Axel and Deacon, of Bivins, Texas; Samuel Knox along with children Megan and Michael, of Tioga, Texas; Kennady Spurrier and Conner Spurrier, both of Denver, Colorado; special cousin (aunt), Avis Abbs and husband, Vic, of Baraboo, Wisconsin; along with other cousins, relatives, and many dear and loved friends.
Preceding her in death were her grandmother, LaVetta Pendleton; granny and grandpa, Carol and Loren (Butch) Mason; and a cousin, Abel Zane Spencer.
Pallbearers were Josh Lucas, Mitchel Cranmore, Ritchie Cranmore, Joe Logue, Wayne Logue, Kevin Guinn, Ryan Gibson and Michael Knox.
Honorary pallbearers were all past and present fellow employees of Brown’s Funeral Service.
Family night was held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at Brown’s Funeral Service, in Atoka.
Condolences may be sent to the family by email to: BROWNS@ATOKA.NET. Please reference the name of the deceased in your correspondence.