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Carolyn "Cari" Coleman Carns

Carolyn "Cari" Coleman Carns
  • April 21, 1941 - January 19, 2019
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to
  • Old St. Andrew's Parish Church
    2604 Ashley River Road
    Charleston, SC 29414

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“Buzz and family. So very sorry to learn of your loss. My most sincere condolences to you and all your family on this sad occasion.Your old shipmate...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Ric Hedman - WA - Acquaintance

“Mr Carns, very sorry to hear of your loss of Cari. Joanne Morris advised me after she had talked to you last week. I have sent Cari's notice out to...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Fritz Hemrich Hemrich - OH

“Buzz & family you are in our thoughts & prayers during this time. God received a beautiful Angel when Cari arrived! Much Love and Hugs from...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Buzz, Neil, Rich and Margaret,Patty and I are so sorry for your loss. Cari was a great lady and she put upa valiant fight against cancer. We...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Mike & Patty Lewis - SC - Friend

“Our hearts go out to all the family of dear Cari.....I know our son Michael is with her in Glory. She was his dear other Mother. We hold in our...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Marguerite Thomas - Flagler Beach, FL

“Buzz and Family, Judy and I wish to extent our heartfelt prayers on your lose. I do not remember meeting Cari but over the years we have come to know...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Franklin Duane Duff - Silverdale, WA

“Dear Buzz and Family,I have had the extreme pleasure to work with Cari and Buzz building and decorating their properties in the Charleston area. And...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Marian Chatfield - Mt Pleasant

“Dear Buzz and Family, I do not know if you remember me or not but I worked at Wolf Creek when you were our CEO of WCNOC. Speaking for myself and...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Dennis Mosebey - Emporia, KS

“Thru time it has been my blessing to get to know and love you and your amazing family. Thank you for including me in your lives ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Carly Futeral - Mt Pleasant, SC

“My words are not good enough to express the love and admiration I have always felt toward Cari, a most precious, generous and faithful friend who...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Joanie Covell - Hendersonville, NC

“Dear Buzz, Neil, Rich and Margaret,Cari was such a wonderful friend and neighbor to my parents Al and Jo Vance. I loved babysitting for you kids. It...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Sally Dunbar - Columbia, SC


Carolyn "Cari" Coleman Carns, 77, of Charleston, South Carolina, wife of Neil S. "Buzz" Carns entered into eternal rest January 19, 2019. Her memorial service will be held Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 4:00 PM at Old St. Andrew's Parish Church, 2604 Ashley River Road.

Cari was born April 21, 1941 in Seattle, Washington, daughter of the late Dr. Clarence I. Coleman and Claire Woods Coleman. Her family was her life. She was selfless and always put her family and friends as a priority. Her faith was paramount for her life and she believed in the power of prayer.

Growing up in Seattle, Washington, she was an avid sailor, taught sailing and competed in the Adams Cup. Upon graduating from the University of Washington in 1963 with a BA in Education, Cari joined United Airlines as a stewardess. She later began her high school Spanish teaching career in Hillside, NJ and Groton, CT. She was a consummate Navy wife and traveled and supported her husband throughout his submarine service. Upon service assignment to Charleston, she found comfort in both a physical and spiritual home. She became active in the local community and the church. Although family and career obligations required movement around the country, she always longed to get back to her Charleston. Church, family and friends were her focus. She truly has been the personification of love.

Cari believed she was blessed with the medical assistance and compassionate care she received during her 3 years of fighting pancreatic cancer.

Cari is survived by her husband of 53 years, Buzz; two sons: Neil Carns (Vanessa) of Richmond, VA and Richard Carns (Shannon) of Charleston, SC; daughter, Margaret Manuel (William) of Atlanta, GA; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren as well as two brothers, Jim and Fred Coleman.

Memorials may be made to Old St. Andrew's Parish Church, 2604 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414 in the name of Cari Carns.