Ronald Joseph Carney Sr., 91, of Lenoir passed away Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. He was born Jan. 20, 1930, in Hoboken, New Jersey, to the late Andrew and Charlotte Brockmann Carney. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemarie Schillon Carney; and one sister, Andrea Carney Murphy.
Ronald Carney was a faithful servant of God. He graduated St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, N.J., and he was stationed on the USS Robinson during the Korean War. Ron began his professional career as a chemist and salesman for NOPCO Chemical Company, Newark, N.J. An innovator in the foam industry, he retired as Special Projects Manager from E.R. Carpenter Inc.
In 1969, he and his family moved from New Jersey to Lenoir. Ron was an active parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church over 50 years, serving as a lector, and continued his avocation as a Knight of Columbus, a Catholic men’s organization. He volunteered and served faithfully all positions, serving on the N.C. State Council as State Deputy. His example and presence grew the organization locally and statewide, inducting many candidates into membership. He personally ministered 4th degree certifications to candidates during weekend conferences year after year. A benefactor of the organization is Operation LAMB, which is dedicated solely to assisting people who have intellectual disabilities within the state of North Carolina. Ron used his many gifts and talents into his retirement years, devoting countless hours to fundraising, scribing and publishing “The Tar Heel Knight,” a monthly publication for the N.C. councils.
Ron enjoyed refurbishing the church’s works of art. He was a member of the Foothills Performing Arts, acting and assisting in many plays and enjoying their productions regularly. He enjoyed playing golf and experienced three holes in one. He loved watching football games with the guys. His passion and energy for living thrived in traveling across the world and enjoying culinary gatherings with family and friends, often as the organizer and chef.
Family left to cherish his memory include two sons, Ronald Joseph Carney Jr. of High Point, and Daniel Joseph Carney and wife Margaret of Ithaca, New York; three daughters, Kathryn Carney Brown and husband H. Burton of High Point, Eileen Carney Ybanez and husband Scott of Jacksonville, Florida, and Judith Carney Benson of Winter Springs, Florida; two brothers, Charles T. Carney of Stanhope, New Jersey, and Roger A. Carney of Hollywood, California; and eight grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at 3 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church conducted by Father Stephen Hoyt and will be available by live stream at https://www.facebook.com/stfrancislenoir.
Prior to Mass, the immediate family will gather at 1:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory to pray the Rosary. Friends and family are invited to participate via teleconference which will be opened at 1:25 p.m. To join, call 712-770-4892 and use access code 962100#.
Due to COVID-19, face masks and social distancing will be required.
Inurnment will take place in a private ceremony held at St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country Catholic Church, Boone, on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.
Flowers are welcome and contributions may be sent in honor of Ronald J. Carney Sr. to Operation LAMB of NC www.lambnc.org.
Online condolences may be left at www.greer-mcelveenfuneral
Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the Carney family.