August 16, 2021 ~ 8 Elul 5781
David Myer Carney, 93, of Louisville, formerly of Nashville, TN, died August 16, 2021 at Baptist Health, with his family by his side.
David graduated from Cohn High School in Nashville, TN in 1946. It would be 17 years later before he graduated from Vanderbilt University with an engineering degree. In the interim, he served in the army where his nickname was “Bulldog Dave”, took over his family’s small auto-parts store, after the death of his father, and met and married his wife, Betty. They started their lives together in Nashville, moved to Lexington and made Louisville their home in 1965, where they raised their six children.
David was a people person. He never met a stranger. His strong southern drawl was quite charismatic. He was a very private person when it came to his accomplishments. He was a keen entrepreneur as a builder, developer and restaurant owner. He was instrumental in developing a large portion of St Matthews. David gave of his time including being a member and a past president of Congregation Adath Jeshurun, a member of B’nai B’rith International and a 33rd Degree Mason. He was also Past President of the Louisville Jewish Day School and of the Louisville Apartment Association. He was lovingly known as the “Rabbi” at Shalom Towers. He will miss being with his close friends especially Sylvia Kozlove.
David was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Betty Frances Hanover Carney; his parents Will and Celia (Epstein) Carney; and his brother, Robert Carney.
David is survived by his six children, Marc Carney (Sandra) of Newton, MA; Michael Carney (Abby) of Highland Park, IL; Martin Carney (Ellen) of Prospect, KY; Marla Grossman (Jeffrey) of Atlanta, GA; Marilyn Carney of Louisville; and Caren Bailen (Michael) of Prospect, KY; 13 grandchildren whom he adored and traveled with, Joshua, Daniel, Rachel, Adam, Anna, Isabel, Brandon and Rebecca Carney, and Noah, Alanna and Jonah Grossman, and Brody and Zoe Bailen; and many nieces and nephews.
Due to covid, a graveside funeral service will be live streamed via the Herman Meyer & Son, Inc. Facebook page on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 beginning at 2 p.m. Masks are required for those in attendance.
The family gives thanks to Dr. Dale Haller and Wendi Haller for their care.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be sent to the Betty Hanover Carney Mahzor Fund, Congregation Adath Jeshurun, 2401 Woodbourne Avenue, Louisville, KY 40205 or the charity of your choice.