Hoyt W. Carney, age 94, of Winterville, left his earthly life on July 21, 2013.
Hoyt was born on March 21, 1919, to the late Gordon and Etta Carney. Though born in Jackson County, he later moved to Winterville. He married the love of his life, Lottrelle Whitehead Carney, on November 25, 1937. They were married for 73 years, until Lottrelle's death on January 25, 2011.
Hoyt was loved by all. He never had a bad word to say against anybody, and was such an excellent model of what a man was supposed to be. Everybody that knew him benefitted. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, stationed in Livermore, Calif. He could tell you Navy stories all day, or he would sit and listen and offer you well-thought-out advice anytime.
Hoyt was employed by Trussell Ford and Brack Rowe Chevrolet, and he also owned his own business, Carney's Body & Paint Shop.
He was a Godly man and you knew that right off. The world is a better place from Hoyt Carney having been in it.
Hoyt is survived by Nancy Carney Robertson (and her companion, Don Searcy), Wiley Carney (and his wife, Phyllis), Tracey Carney Taylor, and Lamar Carney (and his wife, Ellen). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Daniel Lough (and his wife, Emily), Mary Kay Hall (and her husband, Jeff), Hollie Carney, David Carney (and his wife, Kim), Hoyt Bray, and Claire Taylor; his step-grandchildren, Christina, Cotter, and Samantha Smith; and his great-grandchildren, Addison and Hannah Lough, Jacob Hall, and Caleb Carney.
The family would like to thank Hoyt's caregiver, Jean Maupin, for her ever-loving kindness. She blessed him every single day. Special thanks also to Silverleaf Hospice, especially Steve Hancock, Tracy Fowler, and Kristan Tenini, for all the love and care they gave to Hoyt. You will forever be remembered by his family.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, at Lord & Stephens East.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 25, at Winterville United Methodist Church, with burial to follow at Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making donations in Hoyt's name to Winterville United Methodist Church.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home East, Athens, is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on July 24, 2013