William Roye Carnell Sr., age 65, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2014, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
He was born October 16, 1948, in New Albany, to the late David M. Carnell, Sr. and Mildred Irene (Roye) Carnell. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University where he lettered in football and was active in the M Club. He was a business entrepreneur and had numerous successful businesses in the Tupelo area over the years. He attended The Orchard in Tupelo.
Roye's desire was to be cremated and buried in the Lenoir Cemetery adjacent to his farm and home, Lenoir Plantation, in Prairie. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the W.E. Pegues Funeral Home in Tupelo.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth of Prairie and Destin, Fla., one son, Will (Lauren) Carnell of New York City, N,Y., and a second son, Chris Carnell of Shanghai, China, and Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David M. Carnell, Jr.
Honorary pallbearers are David Morris, Joey Hutto, Jud Vance, Tim Wiygul, Terrence Evans, Percy Vance, Ronnie Gray, Bobby Gossett, Mike Robbins, Clyde Roye, Jr., and Willie Blake.
Visitation is Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5195 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38803 or Sally Kate Winters Family Services, P.O. Box 1233, West Point, MS 39773.
W.E. Pegues Funeral Home of Tupelo is in charge of arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com