Thomas â€œTomâ€ Carney III, 72, of Crestview, Fl, completed his final ride in his journey of life, on April 10, 2020 peacefully at home with loved ones surrounding him, after a long battle with cancer.
Tom was born on December 11, 1947, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Thomas II (Pinky) Carney and Alta Waterman in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army from Oct 1968-Oct 1974. He was in the jungles during the Vietnam War as â€œThe First Team, which led to nobly receiving a Purple Heart and eventually an Honorable discharge
He was a motorcycle enthusiast- in his younger days, always had his Harley in his living room every winter, taking it apart and getting it ready for the next yearâ€™s ride.
Tom was an excellent builder and could fix anything that was broke. He was a man that if you needed help, he would never hesitate to stop and lend a hand. He often threw tools, cussed out what he was working on, but stubborn as he was–would successfully complete the task!!
Tom had 2 big dreams in his life and achieved both of them! He opened up his own Restaurant in Iowa, and ran it successfully as the cook. Winters started taking a toll on him and he moved to Florida. He completed his second goal by opening up Eagle Customs Motorcycle Repair shop in Crestview until his retirement. One of his many daring adventures was riding his Nitro Methane Drag Harley in the Emerald Coast Bike Fest.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, â€œPinkyâ€ and Alta, and his brother, Gary.
Survivors include his children: Dawn, Dalin, Thomas IV (TJ) and Autumn; Brothers: David and Tracy; Sister: Kathy and his ex-wife/buddy, Shari. He was a loving â€œPop-Popâ€ to 10 grandchildren.
The family would like to extend a special thank-you to the 21st Oncology Center, who helped make this last journey of Tomâ€™s an easy road to travel down.
Tom always liked holding Fish Fryâ€™s, so A Celebration of Life Fish Fry will be held at a later date.
The Three Musketeers will keep Tomâ€™s memories living on forever so his ride will always be in our hearts.