Local Tennis Coach & Educator, Carnis Poindexter, dies at 84

After a lifetime of teaching young African American students the game of tennis, a local tennis icon, Carnis Poindexter has passed away. 

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Tennis legend Carnis Poindexter passes away at age 84.

Carnis Poindexter, a local tennis hero who trained African American students for a lifetime, has away at the age of 84. His mother Lillian G. Reese, wife Vera Ruth Cornelious Poindexter, and son Carnis F. Poindexter all passed away before him.

Carnis was a stalwart member of his neighborhood and a well-liked, God-fearing individual. He actually was a good and faithful servant of Christ, putting the needs of others before his own. His life was an example of what it meant to be a servant of Christ. This man’s life of devotion to others enhanced the whole Roanoke Valley, and he was certainly a blessing to many.

Carnis Poindexter Age, Family, Early Life

Carnis Poindexter dies at the age of 84 years old. He was born on 1938, August 27. He holds an American nationality and he belongs to white ethnicity. His Zodiac sign is Virgo and he belongs to the white ethnicity.

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 Lillian G. Reese is the mother of Carnis Poindexter. Carnis Jawaun Calloway, Jamar Calloway, Shane Lytle, Brooklyn Lytle, Rushael Easterling, and Briana Hooks are some of his grandkids.

Carnis Poindexter Wife, What about his Children?

Vera Ruth is Carnis Poindexter’s wife. They have one son together. His son identifies as Clifton D. Poindexter.

Carnis Poindexter Career, What was his profession?

Carnis Poindexter started playing tennis in 1956, during his senior year. In that academic year, he was awarded a scholarship to Arkansas AM&N, which is now known as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He went back to Roanoke and took part in regional competitions. He won 14 competitions, including the first mixed-gender tennis match in Roanoke.

At Patrick Henry High School, he started out as a teacher and coach before retiring in 1996. Many African American pupils were affected by him when he was a tennis instructor and followed in his footsteps. The Rivers Edge Park tennis courts were renamed in Poindexter’s honor in 2018. Carnis had success at UAPB by winning the (ATA) National Intercollegiate Singles Championship in 1959, placing in the finals of the Southwest Athletic Conference in both singles and doubles in 1960, and ultimately winning the (ATA) National Intercollegiate Tournament in 1961, his senior year.

Carnis met Vera Ruth Cornelious while he was a student at UAPB. They eventually got married and had two kids together, Carnis F. and Clifton D. Poindexter. Carnis proudly served his nation after graduating by enlisting in the US Army. At Burley High School in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he began his first teaching position in 1964, Carnis organized Burley’s first tennis team in March of 1965. Carnis was a high school coach at Patrick Henry.

Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church

Over the years, Carnis triumphed in a number of different neighborhood competitions, including ones held in Washington Park, the Salem Civic Center, and Crystal Spring. During this period, Carnis joined the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church (USA), where he served for nearly 50 years as an Elder and mentor while also receiving multiple Man of the Year accolades. Carnis was recognized in the University of Arkansas Tennis Hall of Fame in 2016 thanks to the accomplishments of the pupils he sent to UAPB.

Thanks to the efforts of friend and Roanoke attorney John Fishwick, the tennis courts at River’s EdgeSports Complex were renamed the Carnis Poindexter Tennis Courts in May 2018. Carnis was inducted into the VIA Hall of Fame in 2020. In addition, he was inducted into the Roanoke Regional Tennis Hall of Fame’s First Class in March 2020 in honor of his decades-long contributions to tennis for everyone in the Roanoke area by coaching, playing, and playing with talent.

How much is Carnis Poindexter Net Worth?

Carnis Poindexter’s net worth has not yet been investigated in detail.

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Which school and college did he go to?

Carnis Poindexter attended Gilmer Elementary Scholastic, Booker T. Washington Junior High School, and Lucy Addison High School throughout his school years. Prior to the start of his final year at Lucy Addison High School.

Is he available on any kind of social media platform?

Carnis Poindexter is not active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Physical Appearance of Carnis Poindexter’s Height, Weight

HeightNot Available
Hair ColorBlack and White
Eye colorBlack
WeightNot Available
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Carnis Poindexter’s should be knows

Zodiac signVirgo
Relationship StatusMarried