Elder Joe R. Carner, born April 3, 1916 in Checotah, Oklahoma, died on April 8, 2008 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Elder Carner and his wife, Pauline, were married in 1940 and spent many years serving the denomination in literature evangelism, evangelism and pastoring. Their ministry took them to the Texico, Arkansas-Louisiana, Wyoming, Iowa-Missouri, Illinois, and Nevada-Utah conferences. He attended Southwestern Junior College, Keene, Texas and later Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline, and two sons, Vern and Virgil; two grandchildren, and four great-grandsons.