Funeral services will be held Saturday for a Roane County dairy farmer mauled to death by a bull on his farm near the Grace Community on Tuesday.

Charles Daniel "Dan" Karnes, 42, of Reedy, formerly of Poca, was killed by the bull while he reportedly was burying a cow on his farm.

Karnes was a dairy farmer and co-owner and operator of Spring Creek Farms, Reedy.

He was a former employee of Ryder Truck Rental, Dunbar, and a 1981 graduate of Poca High School. He was a member and Sunday School teacher at the Alexander Baptist Church near Spencer and formerly attended the Heizer Community Church at Poca.

He was a board member of the Roane County Farm Bureau and a recently elected board member of the Southern States Co-Op, Spencer.

He was a part-time employee of the WV Department of Agriculture Farm Service.

Survivors include his wife, Gwen Karnes; son, George Ray Karnes at home; father and stepmother, Shirley Ray and Karen Karnes of Poca; stepfather, Roy King of Poca; brothers, Kenneth Ray "Mr. Holeshot" Karnes and Michael Lee "Mike" Karnes, both of Poca; sisters Rhonda Cooper of Poca and Jenny Cunningham of Nitro; several nieces and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Louise King.

A funeral service will be conducted Saturday, October 8 at 11 a.m. in the Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, with the Rev. Charles L. Davis and Pastor Cletus O. Price officiating.

Burial will be in the Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House.

Friends may call at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday and also at the Gatens-Harding Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

Memorial contributions are preferred to "Gwen and George Ray Karnes Fund", c/o Traders Bank, P.O. Box 1009, Spencer, WV 25276-1009.

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