Wilson W. Carnes, 87, who retired from Future Farmers of America in 1991 as national administrative director and editor in chief of the organization’s magazine, died June 21 at Greenspring Village retirement community in Springfield. He had Parkinson’s disease.
The death was confirmed by his son-in-law Robert Richbourg.
In 1955, Mr. Carnes joined the staff of Future Farmers of America, always in the Washington area.
Wilson Woodrow Carnes, a native of Albertville, Ala., was a 1949 agricultural education graduate of Auburn University in Alabama. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II, and his decorations included the Purple Heart.
He was a deacon and elder of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Alexandria. He moved to Greenspring Village from Alexandria about five years ago.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Lynch Carnes of Springfield; two daughters, Elizabeth Rowland of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Alice Richbourg of Clifton; a sister; a brother; and two grandchildren.
A son, Wilson W. “Woody” Carnes Jr., died in 1998.