OBITUARY

David E Harney

April 30, 1943October 11, 2021

On April 30th 1943 in Cynthiana, KY David was born to Stanley and Josephine Harney. To hear him tell it, he had a hand in it. Dave would always say “I was supposed to be an April fools baby, but I fooled them all and came at the end of the month.” This began the life of a man who never met a stranger, always had a joke in his pocket, but never backed down from a serious moment. Dave did most of his growing up with 3 sisters and a brother on a farm in Kentucky. Maxine, Brenda, Ruth and Charlie, who all survive him, were there for those first 16 years before the baby of the family, Steve, came along. David would say that Steve grew up with a different Stanley (dad) than he and the others did. Stanley, he believed, was worn out by the time Steve came along. Music was always a part of David’s life. Singing at county fairs, school and in church services, but that was the extent of the role the church played in his formational years. Little did he know then the part it would play later in his life. In the early 60’s Dave met a girl from a larger and crazier family than his own. Mary Adamson caught his attention right away. In fact, he would tell you that he saw her one day while working at Rhodes Feed Mill when her family brought walnuts by for processing as he was helping unload the cargo. He was smitten in that moment, but never got her name. Years later the two of them would show up on a double date, with other people, and he once again would fall for her. Eventually the two relationships would end and a new one would be born, creating a bond that we would all know for 55+ years as Dave and Mary. On December 5th 1965 that union would be finalized and a new family begun. Not keen on farm life, David and Mary moved to Dayton, OH. Dave had been in the army, but now had taken a job with Jewel T Company as a salesman. Not surprising to anyone, he was great at it. Engaging people, earning their respect and gaining the admiration of his employer as well as his colleagues. Dave had a bright future, but the script was about to be rewritten. Andy and Jolene Hill, friends of Dave and Mary, would invite them to something strange called “Pack a Pew”. This was a regular outreach tactic used in the 60’s and 70’s to get people into church buildings to hear the good news of Jesus. It worked! Dave and Mary attended this new church, pastored by an enigmatic man by the name of Charles Lynn. On that first evening Mary would feel a need for a relationship with Jesus, but walk away only with conviction. However, as they talked at home, Dave would become convinced that this was the best path for their life and just weeks later they would both give their hearts, lives and all to Christ. The new story that we all know was about to begin. It didn’t take long for Dave to jump in to serve. It’s who he was, he had to be active. He started out with Dr. Jack Henry and the teenagers of Faith Baptist Church. He was just there to help, but soon Dr. Henry would be sent away on military orders leaving Dave at the helm. Not long after that Pastor Lynn would ask Dave if he would help out with the music and choir at Faith Baptist. Famously Charles told Dave “If you could just help out in the meantime until we find someone else, that would be great!” Apparently they never found someone because 40 years later when Dave retired from Faith Baptist, he was still doing it. Upon retirement, Dave forgot to retire. He spent the next 16 1/2 years traveling, singing, and encouraging people all over through Dave Harney Ministries. During that time Dave recorded 7 albums and 2 DVD’s worth of southern gospel music. He also sang and preached the good news to multiple churches in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, Florida, Oklahoma and Kansas. He loved to travel and encourage pastors to do what Brother Lynn had taught him years before “Keep on Keeping on”. When Dave passed, at 78 years old, he had multiple engagements already on his calendar, had purchased more CD’s to sell and showed no signs of slowing down, but there were other plans that bring us to today. And that dash that lies between 1967 and 2021 is where we all come in. Dave lived a life of service. Serving us all in many different ways. He helped raise some of you. He taught many to sing. He encouraged many to follow Jesus, some vocationally, but all passionately. For many he came to hospital rooms, prayed, encouraged and somehow got you to smile in the most dire circumstances of your life. He has sung and spoke at many funerals, weddings, concerts, services. Some of you named children after him and some of you are named in honor of him. If we believe that Jesus came to give us not just life, but FULL life… Dave experienced that, and many of us have experienced it because of his involvement in our lives. Dave was preceded in death by his father Stanley David and mother Josephine Sipe as well as two brothers A.G. and Elmer Allen Harney. He is survived by his wife Mary, son John and Daughter-in-law Angel. His two grandsons that he loved dearly Spencer and Zac. His sisters Maxine, Brenda and Ruth. Brothers Charlie and Steve. An almost countless number of brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, along with thousands of people who would consider him a spiritual father. And though we mourn today the loss of someone so instrumental to all our lives, I believe that Dave would quote the apostle John to tell you how he feels. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” So walk in truth and love and continue the legacy of a man who loved God more than he loved any of us.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 22, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 22, 2021

Memories

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John Emmons

October 22, 2021

I too am one of "Dave's Kids". Dave was one of the biggest influences in my life for Christ. I can remember the conversations in the cabin during youth camp and his encouragement to follow Christ when it seems you are standing all alone. I have even borrowed one of his familiar phrases (I am sure I have used more than one), "Fasten your seatbelts, this ain't no hay ride" one several of our youth group activities.

My thoughts and prayers for comfort and God's grace go out to Mary, John, and family during this time.

Bette Sledd

October 19, 2021

My husband and I went to school with David at Mason County High School.
It mentioned he worked at Rhodes Feed Mill. I am the daughter of David Rhodes and very much remember David working there.
He was such a pleasure to be around. My father thought a lot of him also.
David will be missed. I was friends with him on Facebook and will miss seeing his posts along with his music.

Gloria Greene

October 18, 2021

I met Dave and Mary at the C T center a few years ago and I instantly fell in love with them any time I found out he was going to be in the area singing I would try to go and hear him I loved his singing and when he would give his testimony it really touched my heart I will definitely miss him but I know he's singing with the angels save a place for me in the choir my friend

William Price

October 18, 2021

Old memories at Faith Baptist wouldn’t be complete without fond memories of Dave. I miss those days, Dad and Mom, Rev. Lynn, Dave and the church family we had as a whole growing up. Wonderful memories. Dave had such a great voice and testimony. Never will forget. Thank you for being part of my life. I am today because of yesterday.

Don and Judy Spangler

October 18, 2021

Mary, Don is the same age as Dave. Anchor Baptist Church. Dave will be missed by thousands. But your great loss is so deep. We pray for you and your family. Enjoyed the pictures on Facebook of your fun happy time together.
The Lord bless thee and keep thee. The Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift up his countenance up thee, and give thee peace. Numbers 6:24-26.

Tammy Current

October 16, 2021

I remember the first time Dave & Mary came to my house at my request to visit my husband. My husband was very skeptical about God & "church people" because of an experience he had as a teenager when his mother had passed away. He didn't want anything to do with church or "so called" Christians, Brother Dave & Mary came into my house and just chatted with my husband about his interest and work. My husband being a mechanic they started talking about old muscle cars and the two cars he had restored. The next thing I knew Brother Dave had brought out his pocket bible and started to show my husband scripture about what it meant to be saved by grace and there in our living room he lead my husband to Christ. We became members of Faith Baptist and was in Dave's class, even after we went to a different church Dave never stopped calling to check in on us from time to time. He sang at my son's funeral and didn't ask for anything in return. That's just who Dave was, he will be missed by many.

Marjorie Neeley

October 14, 2021

I absolutely loved being in Dave’s Sunday School class! I loved his stories, his jokes, his preaching and his singing. But above all that, I loved his passion for the Lord. He had touched 1000’s of lives. Mark and I will miss him dearly! ❤️

Jim and Ann Waits Herbert

October 14, 2021

Ann has known Dave and Mary for over 50 years. Jim has known Dave and Mary since he married Ann about 36 years ago. We have become close friends and enjoy Dave’s singing immensely!! In fact we put his cd on at night in order to relax. Many prayers to Mary and family. May God bless and comfort you always

Sherri Patterson (Wilson)

October 13, 2021

I will forever be proud to say that I am one of 'Dave's Kids'. He was my youth director at Faith Baptist Church in Beavercreek, Ohio from 1974-1980. He and his Godly wife, Mary, had a profound impact on my life as spiritual mentors. His unwavering faith in Jesus and his service to the Lord will be what I remember the most about him. Oh, and he loved his 'kids'! God bless Mary, John and his entire family during this time.

Prayers and love,

Sherri (Wilson) Patterson

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY