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James H. McCarty

James H. McCarty James H. McCarty

Captain James H. McCarty went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, April 10, 2021, two weeks shy of his 90th birthday.

He was born on April 25, 1931, to Captain Corda F. McCarty and Eunice Young McCarty.

Jim lost his mother at the age of 3. Captain Corda married Juanita Green McCarty and together they raised his three boys and Carman, a daughter whom they shared together.

Captain McCarty is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Denny McCarty and Olney McCarty; and a granddaughter, Susan Michelle McCarty.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Margie J. Gresham McCarty; sister, Carman Cunningham of Louisville, Ky.; four sons, Jimmy D. McCarty (Mary) of Quakertown, Pa., Michael McCarty (Jackie) of New Albany, Thomas McCarty (Sue) of Depauw and Dan McCarty (Rose) of Depauw; daughter, Janet Duley (Eric) of Depauw; 20 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; numerous nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and countless cousins.

Just out of school, Captain Jim worked with his father to learn his skill; he started as a deckhand. Being away from home for long periods of time was very challenging, so Jim decided to try construction work. After a month (if that) and many blisters, Jim decided the river was in his blood. With instruction and training from his father and dedication, Jim moved into the pilot house when he was only 19 years old, the youngest pilot ever. He and his dad worked with many companies together such as Twin City Bargelines and Blaskie Bargelines. At the end of Captain Jim’s career, he was working for Acher Daniel Midland from which he retired. Captain McCarty held license for all inland waterways and coastal canals in America. It is believed that he had navigated on every river in the United States.

In his childhood, Jim was influenced by an aunt who planted in his life a seed of faith in Jesus. It grew. In 1970, Captain Jim accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. His life was never the same; a new creation was he. He testified of Jesus until the day he was transported to heaven. To God be the glory. He was a member of New Beginnings Community Church; more importantly, Christ’s Church.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, April 13, from 12 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, April 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. at New Beginnings Community Church with funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. James will be buried at Palmyra Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Naville & Seabrook Funeral Homes.

Donations in James’ name may be forwarded to New Beginnings Community Church.