Robert N. Carnahan Whites Creek, TN (May 6, 1944 – July 19, 2016)
Bob Carnahan, a most unique personality, has left us. Born in Nashville, he was the son of the late Worth B. and Elizabeth Slayden Carnahan. Bob is survived by his wife, Barbara Boyd Carnahan, daughter Mary Elizabeth C. Kergosien and son in law Gaines Kergosien (Franklin, TN); sisters Virginia E. Carnahan (Sarasota, FL) and Cynthia C. Ashworth (Bristol, TN); half sisters Sally C. Lewis (San Rafael, CA) and Patricia C. Smith (Conroe, TX).
He was a graduate of Columbia Military Academy and Vanderbilt University, Chemical Engineering program. He proudly served in the U.S. Army, completing two tours in Vietnam. Bob was also an Eagle Scout. He retired from Metro Nashville Water & Sewer, in 2013 after 40 years. Among his passions was his home in Whites Creek. The original structure was over 100 years old when he purchased it in 1986. Bob was happiest astride his John Deere tractor while maintaining the rolling lawn, or tending the orchard. In the kitchen, the mad chemist came to life as he concocted superhot salsas.These experiments were often holiday gifts for friends and family along with smoked turkeys he provided to the elderly of the family each holiday season. He will be missed by many unnamed flea market entrepreneurs. It was a treat to go with him to search out “treasures” around middle Tennessee’s roads and highways. These trips often included a stop at a secret eating place for catfish or barbeque. While he often appeared gruff, he was devoted to his family. Mary and Bob had a magical bond. From her earliest days, she charmed him and he was happily charmed. His legacy will remain with his many friends, large family of nieces and nephews and the immediate family. It was his choice not to have a funeral.
Family and friends are welcome to join a Celebrate Of Life on Sunday, July 24th from 1pm to 4pm. The celebration will be held at his daughter’s home, 2635 Goose Creek Bypass, Franklin Tn 37064.
The family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.