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Judson College Honors Carnley with Commemorative Plaque and Carnley Roomcomment (0)

May 10, 2012


Coffee County District Judge Samuel Fleetwood Carnley, of Elba, was elected chairman of trustees at Judson College in 1969. After the college president’s departure that year, Carnley became acting president of the college. 

Current Judson President David Potts spoke of Carnley’s work March 28.

“Two trustee chairs stepped in as interim presidents. These were difficult times and both men kept Judson College during a vacuum in leadership,” Potts said.

Carnley served as a trustee from 1961 until 2002. After his election as chair in 1969 he continued in that position until 1976. The college honored Carnley with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 1970 and named him a life trustee in 1989. He died in 2002 at age 83.

Members of the Carnley family traveled to Judson on March 28 to view the commemorative plaque and the Carnley Room in the James I. Harrison Academic Center in Jewett Hall. 

Carnley earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Alabama. 

Carnley was a deacon and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church, Elba, and served a term as moderator of Coffee Baptist Association.

Carnley and his wife, Mary, a former math teacher, moved to Madison, Miss., in their senior years. 

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