DULUTH, Ga. — Vernon E. Carne, the founder of Georgia Federal Credit Union, passed away Oct. 6 at the age of 87.

Carne founded the credit union in 1958 as the Dekalb County Teachers Federal Credit Union. He encouraged six other Dekalb educators to pledge $5 each to form a charter with NCUA. Carne served on GFCU’s board of directors as an active volunteer in the capacity of either president or treasurer for 40 years until his retirement in 1998. Today, the $400 million credit union serves more than 81,000 members, 365 select employee groups and has 14 branches.

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