Carolyn (Self) Varner Blount, 79, died Tuesday morning, January 25, 2005, at her summer home in the Highlands, North Carolina. Mrs. Blount was the widow of former U.S. Postmaster General Winton Malcolm "Red" Blount, industrialist and philanthropist who donated the multi-milliondollar Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park to the city of Montgomery, Alabama, in the early 1980s. The $21 million dollar Carolyn Blount Theater, home of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, was opened in 1983. The annual Alabama Highland Games is held at Blount Park in Montgomery and is a major event in the Southern United States for descendants of all the Scottish clans, even the lowland Clan Weir.
Survivors include two children, Dr. Robert E. Vamer, Jr. and Carolyn Stuart Varner (Mrs. George King), and five step-children: Winton M. Blount Ill, Thomas A. Blount, Samuel Roberts Blount, Katherine Blount, Joseph W. Blount.
Visitation is tentatively set for 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday at Wynfield, the Blount estate on Vaughn Road in Montgomery. A graveside service is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the chapel on the grounds.