Mrs. Virginia (Ginny) Rather

Born December 1, 1943

Virginia (Ginny) Carvel Carnes Rather, age 69, of Atlanta passed away February 14, 2013 of ALS.

She was born in Atlanta, Georgia December 1, 1943 and was the daughter of the late Carvel Grant Long Carnes and William Boyd Carnes. Ginny was a fifth generation Atlanta native. Her great, great grandfather, Lemuel Pratt Grant was noted for his key role in the development of Atlanta as a railroad hub and his philanthropy which included the donation of the land for Grant Park to the city.

She graduated from Northside High School in 1961 and then earned her B.A. degree from Hollins College in 1965. During the summers of her college years and for another sixteen years she taught horseback riding at Fritz Orr’s and then the Westminster Schools. As a noted show hunter equestrienne, she competed in horse shows throughout the eastern United States and earned her colors with the Shakerag Hunt Club.

In 1965 Ginny began her runway and print modeling career, modeling for every major Atlanta store including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Rich’s in such shows as Sol Kent’s “Fashionata”. She also served as president of The Atlanta Models’ Guild. After runway and fashion print, she continued in commercial print and television commercials throughout the U.S. and abroad. She was represented by Atlanta agents including Factor Women, Elite, Arlene Wilson, Real People, L’Agence and People Store as well as Wilhelmina in New York and The Green Agency in Miami. Her modeling career spanned 48 years.

Ginny also loved to entertain and chaired large events such as The Junior League Ball and fundraisers for The Atlanta Preservation Center as well as hosting intimate dinners such as The High Museum Wine Dinner at her home.

Mrs. Rather was a member of The Cathedral of St. Philip, Junior League of Atlanta, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, High Museum of Art, Madison-Morgan Cultural Center and The Atlanta Preservation Center where she served on the Board of Trustees.

Mrs. Rather is survived by her husband, Daniel Brown Rather; son, Stuart Ellis Gould and daughter-in-law, Kristin Coleman Gould of Rumson, NJ; daughter, Carvel Grant Gould of Atlanta; two stepsons, Daniel and Pratt Rather of Sewanee, TN and Bend, OR; three grandchildren, Coleman, Katherine Carvel and Grant Gould of Rumson, NJ; two stepgrandchildren, Ellery and Kellen Rather of Bend, OR; and her brother, William Stansbury Carnes, sister-in-law, Mary Wilson Carnes, and a niece and two nephews of Chatham, NH.

The funeral service will be held at The Cathedral of St. Philip on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 11 o’clock in the morning. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the Gould Room. Interment will follow the service at Westview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Atlanta Preservation Center/Grant Mansion Fund, 327 St. Paul Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30312. Online condolences may be made at


  • Funeral service Monday, February 18, 2013

Mrs. Virginia (Ginny) Rather

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Arlene Wilson

March 15, 2013

I was so sorry to hear of Ginny's passing. She was such a beautiful, elegant and exceptionally nice woman. May your memories of all the good times you shared sustain you in your sorrow.

March 14, 2013

Dan, we just learned today from Jon Martin that Ginny had died. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you. We hope and trust that the joyful years you spent with Ginny and the exciting lives you shared will provide wonderful, lasting memories, offering comfort to you and your extended family during these sad times. Ned & Carol O'Hearn

Lydia Haley

February 21, 2013

Now you are more aware of God's Presence and of His Comforting Light. Your soul will definitely rest in peace.

February 21, 2013

We were saddened to learn of Ginny's passing. We wanted you to know that we are thinking of you
Your Old Creek Road neighbors
of 45 years ago,
Kathy and Revis Butler

R Smith

February 21, 2013

My sincere sympathy during this difficult time. May you find comfort and strength in the Almighty.

February 20, 2013

With deepest sympathy to the Rather family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.

G. Freeman

February 19, 2013

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

February 19, 2013

On behalf of everyone in the Junior League of Atlanta, I want to extend our condolences to you at this time. We were so fortunate to have had Ginny as a longtime member and have benefitted from her belief in the power and beauty of service to others.

Camille Kesler
President, The Junior League of Atlanta


February 19, 2013

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

February 19, 2013

Sincere condolences to family and friends.Psalms.146:10.