Celebrating the Life of Josh Carnill

With great sadness, the ER family shares the passing of Josh Carnill, eldest son of ER founders Jerry and Dawn Carnill. “It is with very heavy hearts we share that our son, Joshua, went to be with the Lord early Friday morning, Sept. 27. We were with him as he peacefully passed. His struggles here on earth are now over. We appreciate your prayers for our entire family at this time. We love you all.”

(Read Joshua’s full obituary below.)

Joshua, 33, loved to cook, debate and run. He loved flowers, giving gifts, eating dessert and laughing. He had adventures few could imagine and brought joy to those around him with his warm smile, quick wit and great sense of humor. He was especially compassionate toward those who were vulnerable or hurting. He was passionate about helping orphans, vulnerable children and those struggling with addiction.

Josh was born on August 29, 1986, in Siguatepeque, Honduras. Soon after birth, he was taken in by a local missionary family, as his birth parents were not able to care for him.  At just three weeks of age, he was placed in the loving arms of his forever-parents, Jerry and Dawn Carnill.

Things that had the biggest impact on Josh’s life were his two trips to South Africa when he was in high school.   While there, he was introduced to an organization called Living Hope.  Living Hope is a ministry that was started to help those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Joshua is survived by his parents, Jerry and Dawn Carnill of Monroe, GA, his brothers, Nicholas Carnill of Fish Hoek, South Africa, Corey Carnill and his with Kaitlyn of Bend, OR, and Zachary Carnill and his wife Abigayle of San Jose, Costa Rica, his maternal grandparents, Wayne and Judy Conti of Springfield, MO and many cousins, aunts, uncles and his “missionary family” from Quito, Ecuador.

Our hearts are with the Carnills as they mourn Josh. His family asks that as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions can be made to Extreme Response for the Josh Carnill Memorial Fund. Joshua was passionate about helping orphans and vulnerable children and also those struggling with addiction. This passion began as a young child with the realization he could have been one of those kids. To donate, click here and designate your gift “Josh Carnill Memorial”.

Joshua David Carnill

August 29, 1986 – September 27, 2019

Joshua David Carnill, known as Josh to his friends and family, passed away at North Fulton Hospital on Friday, Sept. 27. He was 33.

He brought joy to those around him with his warm smile, quick wit and great sense of humor. He was compassionate and would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need, particularly those he believed were vulnerable or hurting.

Josh also struggled throughout his life with mental illness and addiction. He had worked for years to overcome these things.  It is right to acknowledge and honor the progress he had made, while recognizing the toll that the struggle took on his life.

Josh was born on August 29, 1986, in Siguatepeque, Honduras. Soon after birth, he was taken in by a local missionary family, as his birth parents were not able to care for him.  At just three weeks of age, he was placed in the loving arms of his forever-parents, Jerry and Dawn Carnill.

Josh spent the first few years of his life in Royal Oak, Michigan where his new extended family welcomed him with open arms. The growing family of four moved to Snellville, GA, in 1990 and remained there until 1995.  After spending his 3rd grade year in Edinburg, TX, while his parents were at language school, the family moved to Quito, Ecuador.

The rest of his elementary school years through graduation were spent at the Alliance Academy in Quito, Ecuador.  In high school he was a part of the choir and involved in many drama presentations. In 2004 he was a part of the At Any Cost drama group and traveled with them to perform in Singapore, Indonesia and New Zealand, and then again in 2005 in South Africa.

Josh graduated from the Alliance Academy in Quito in May of 2005.  He  attended Rochester College and Oakland Community College in Michigan before his battle with mental illness and soon after, addiction began.

For the past eight years, Josh moved around quite a bit – living in different recovery houses and attending various recovery programs.  Many people poured into his life over these years – encouraging him, walking beside him, guiding him, and loving him.

Joshua loved to cook, debate, and run.  He loved flowers, giving gifts, eating dessert and laughing.  He loved spending time with his grandparents.  He loved to talk.  He enjoyed making his family late J. He loved his brothers, sisters-in-law, and parents fiercely.  He loved old people.  He had such compassion for the “unlovely” – the poor, the hurting, the outcasts.

His short life came to an abrupt end, early in the morning of September 27th.  After experiencing a series of seizures, his body began to shut down and he never regained consciousness.  He passed away peacefully just hours later.

Joshua is survived by his parents, Jerry and Dawn Carnill of Between, GA; his brothers, Nicholas Carnill of Fish Hoek, South Africa; Corey Carnill and his wife Kaitlyn of Bend, OR; and Zachary Carnill and his wife Abigayle of San Jose, Costa Rica; his maternal grandparents, Wayne and Judy Conti of Springfield, MO; many cousins, aunts, uncles, his “missionary family” from Quito, Ecuador, and his recovery family from all over Georgia and beyond.

Joshua’s family asks that if you wish to give an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions can be made to Extreme Response (www.extremeresponse.org) for the Josh Carnill Memorial Fund.  Joshua was passionate about helping orphans and vulnerable children and also those struggling with addiction.  This passion began as a young child with the realization that he could have been one of those kids.  As a high school student, he visited the Living Hope Community Centre on a family visit to South Africa. This ministry had a huge impact on his life.  This month, Living Hope will kick off the Early Intervention Drug Rehab Program for children 8 years and up.  These funds will go to help this new endeavor and also other programs benefiting orphans and vulnerable children. We, his family, know that Josh would be honored that you would help these kids and others in his memory.