John Clark Karnes

July 1, 1924 ~ May 14, 2020 (age 95)


Sumter, SC…John Clark Karnes, age 95, beloved husband of 65 years to Joan Rose Dragone Karnes, died on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at his residence.

Born in Flushing, NY, he was a son of the late John Karnes and Jeanette Doremus Karnes.  John served for four years in the United States Navy during WWII.  After his service in the Navy, he attended St. Johns University and then graduated with a bachelors degree in business from Arkansas State University.  Following his graduation from college, John worked briefly in the insurance industry while he applied to and tested for entrance into the police academy.  He was accepted to the academy and became an officer with the New York City Police Department.  John served with the NYCPD for over 22 years, retiring in 1976 as a sergeant.   He and his wife, Joan, relocated to Sumter, SC in 1981 to live out their retirement years.  John was an avid golfer and played as much as he was able.  He will be remembered as a very loving husband, uncle and friend.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by, two nephews, Mark Karnes of MD and Steven Karnes of NJ; a niece, Joanne Dash; a great nephew, Joseph Dash and two great nieces, Lauren Dash and Elizabeth Dash, all originally of NY.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by a brother, Peter Karnes and a nephew, Peter Karnes.

Services will be held at a later date.

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