ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Sad news from the local sports scene as long time Roanoke City Public schools coach and educator Carnis Poindexter passed away last Wednesday at the age of 84. In 1964, “Mr. P” as he was affectionately known was the first African-American to win the newly integrated city-county tennis tournament.
Poindexter also helped 25 local athletes attend his alma mater Arkansas A&M now known as Arkansas-Pine Bluff from 1965-1975. In May 2018, the River’s Edge South tennis courts were named in his honor.
A public viewing for Mr. Poindexter will be held Thursday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home & Crematory at 1002 Moorman Avenue, NW in Roanoke.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, 301 Patton Ave NW, Roanoke, VA.