The Obit For Jim Carney

James Joseph 'Jim' Carney

Published in Charlotte Observer on February 9, 2012


Mr. Carney, 74, passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill SC.

Jim, a native of Birmingham, AL, was born on December 30, 1937, the youngest son of the late John Daniel Carney, Sr. and Carolyn Hester Carney. In 1955 he graduated from John Carroll High School where he was a 3-sport athlete and named to the 1st Annual All-Star Jefferson County Basketball Team and to the East-West All-Star Baseball team.

Jim received a BS in Commerce in 1959 from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, where he attended on an athletic scholarship, participating in the basketball and baseball programs and was a member of the Men's Basketball Athletic Hall of Fame.

After serving in the Army as an Armor Officer with the 82nd Airborne at Ft. Benning, GA, Jim played 2 years of professional baseball in the minor leagues with the Cincinnati Reds Organization. Most of his business career was in sales and sales management with several industrial equipment manufacturers. He was transferred to Charlotte in 1966. Before retiring in 1998, he owned an air pollution equipment business.

Jim especially enjoyed cruise traveling and golf. He was an avid fan of the Charlotte 49ers and had been a long-standing member of the Charlotte Athletic Foundation and a member of the Green Jacket Club. Jim, with his wife Jean, liked to attend both home and away basketball games.

Survivors are his wife, Jean Montgomery Carney, daughters Beth Burbank (Paul) of Rock Hill, SC, and Lyn Grigsby (Marty) of Williamsburg, VA; grandchildren: Hunter Burbank, Alexandria Grigsby, Jack Burbank & Katherine Burbank; sister, Jean Sertell, brother, John D. Carney, Jr. both of Birmingham, AL, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service officiated by Dr. Matthew S. Brown will be held at South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church, 8601 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte, NC, 28277 on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 2pm followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Charlotte Athletic Foundation, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC, 28223 or to the Building Fund of South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church.

McEwen Funeral Home, Pineville Chapel, is assisting the family of Mr. Carney.