Dorothy Ann "Dot" Carnes

Dorothy Ann "Dot" Boggess Carnes was born on April 3, 1934 in Greenville, Kentucky and died in her home in Elizabethtown, Kentucky on March 15, 2019 after an extended illness. Dorothy and her six siblings were raised by loving parents, Paul and Mildred Boggess, in Greenville, where they were faithful members of Jernigans Chapel, where she gave her life to Jesus Christ. Dorothy received a Bachelors Degree in education from Asbury University. She met Paul Carnes at Asbury and they married after graduation. Dorothy and Paul moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where she taught elementary school in Jefferson County. Dorothy proudly accepted the challenge of teaching one of the first integrated classrooms in the area. After Paul graduated from dental school in 1960, they relocated to Elizabethtown and Dorothy left the classroom to devote herself to raising their growing family that came to include four children. Dorothy and her dear friend, the late Pat Lewis, frequently visited nursing homes and cared for the elderly. Dorothy loved to play the piano and sing to the nursing home residents to bring joy to their day. Throughout her life, Dorothy was a steadfast servant of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and she loved to share her beliefs. After her children were grown, she traveled abroad to many places for the purpose of sharing Gods love and the Gospel with others. The destinations of these missions included Honduras, China, Russia and the Holy Land. Those fortunate enough to be seated next to Dorothy on an airplane would certainly hear of her love for Christ and would leave with a new friend. At home, Dorothy loved to discuss scripture and her notes or greeting cards always included reference to a favorite verse. To her children, Dorothy was a steadfast role model and loving parent. To her grandchildren, Mama Dot was a constant source of love, affection and support. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Paul Carnes; her parents, Paul and Mildred Boggess; her sister, Mary Turner; and, her brother, John P Boggess. Dorothy is survived by her children and their spouses, Ann Carnes Douglas and husband, Mike; James W. Carnes, and wife, Betty; Sarah Carnes Hollingsworth and husband, Matt; and, Amy Lynne Carnes Breithaupt and husband, Alan; by her siblings, James Boggess and wife, Mollie; Joe Boggess and wife, Laura; David Boggess and wife, Janet; and, Ruth Bates and husband, John; by her beloved grandchildren, Noel Hollingsworth, Jordan Douglas Hocker, Claire Hollingsworth, Nathan Douglas, Cooper Breithaupt and Sarah Breithaupt; and, by a precious great-grandchild, Alexandra Jean Hocker. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to those who provided care for Dorothy during recent months and years, especially Alice Wash, Judy Hash, JoAnn Phelps, Ruby Price, and Sonja Vanderville, Jill Newman, and Taylor Bridges. Funeral services to celebrate the life of Dorothy will be held at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown, Kentucky on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 17, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Greenville, Kentucky. The officiant will be Pastor Jeff Noel of Grace Heartland Church. Pallbearers will be: Noel Hollingsworth, Nathan Douglas, Cooper Breithaupt, Brent Hall, Bill Dixon, and Dennis Young. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Samaritan's Purse. Condolences may be expressed online at


Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Brown Funeral Home


Monday, March 18, 2019 starting at 10:00 AM
Brown Funeral Home