A feisty professional Irishman has died. The people who accidentally parked in front of our house are probably breathing a sigh of relief, but in reality, the world has lost a little bit of its color. James Lawrence Carney passed away on Friday, July 19, 2013 after a two year, nine month bout with appendix cancer. The family would like to thank M.D. Anderson in Houston and Dr. Richard Helmer of Texas Oncology in Austin who assisted Jim in this battle.
A funeral Mass will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at St. Austin's Catholic Church
Jim was born in Williston, ND on December 20, 1932, the first child of Lawrence and Doris Wilson Carney. Jim was a proud graduate of Devils Lake High School in Devils Lake, ND. There he excelled in football, was "captain of the bench" in basketball, competed in the hurdles and shot in track and president of the senior class of 1950. He so enjoyed attending the class reunions. He played football for the University of North Dakota, until an injury ended his career. He graduated from North Dakota University and came to Texas for training as an army aviator and helicopter pilot. He married a San Marcos girl, Jean Rogers, and got shipped to Korea. Fortunately the shooting was over. He safely returned to the states and worked for Jean's father at Aquarena Springs. He was later associated with Xerox, Champion Paper, and the National Federation of lndependent Business. He and Marion married in 1999 and started traveling the state, nation and world to competitions in master's track and field and the Senior Games. What fun they had!
Jim is survived by his wife of 14 years, Marion Coffee-Carney; son, Daniel Carney and wife Emily Evans; daughter, Ann Mary Carney and husband, Robert Whyburn; stepdaughter, Christine Baker and husband Reese Baker; stepson, Russell Coffee; grandchildren, Emily and Brendan Whyburn, Bryce and Kylie Baker, and Riley Coffee and Riley's mother, Bobbie Graves; brothers, Mike Carney and sister-in-law, Kathleen, Pat Carney and sister-in-law, Jules Inda, brother-in-law, Graham Rankin and wife Beth; nieces, Amy Dixon, Laura Jansen, and Kaitlin Carney; nephews, Kieran Carney, Kieran Belter, Gabe Belter, and Jesse Belter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Margaret Schacker.
The family would especially like to thank Nicole and Jack of Hospice Austin for their exceptional sensitivity.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, TX 78759, Smile Train or a charity of your choice.
Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, Austin, TX., is in charge of arrangements.