Mr. Carney was a life long member of the First Baptist Church in Dexter, serving as a deacon with two terms as chairman of the deacons. He assisted the church staff in financial collections and records. He was a life long meat cutter until retirement and then enjoyed a second vocation, delivering automobiles throughout the Midwest for another two decades for local automobile dealerships. Earlier in life, he served as a volunteer fireman for Dexter and reached the position of assistant chief. He was a grandfather in the greatest definition of the title. There was no greater Cardinal baseball fan in the nation, and he rooted for all Missouri teams, especially the Bearcats of Dexter. He was an avid fan of the Dexter Senior Center.
He was united in marriage to Wanda Pauline Francis on May 26, 1941, at Piggott, Ark. Mrs. Carney preceded him in death on April 24, 2001.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Patty Carney of Cushing, Okla., and Larry and Sue Carney of Dexter; one daughter and son-in-law, Kay and John Barbour of Fulton and Sebring, Fla.; two sisters, Helen Carney Gaines of Dexter and Carma Dean Carney Mays and husband, Gene, of Jonesboro, Ark.; brother-in-law, Ted Francis and wife, Connie, of DeSoto; niece, Phyllis Stewart and husband Rudy of Dexter; nephew, Kenny Carney and wife, Shirley, of Dexter; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Roy Carney, Jimmy Carney and Ray Carney; and four sisters, Edna Sills, Laveda Hopkins, Margaret Matthews, and Agnes Sills.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Dr. John Carney and Larry Carney officiating.
Interment will follow in the Dexter Cemetery.