Martin "Ed"'s Story
Martin Edgar "Ed" McCarty Jr., of White Hall, passed away Sunday (Aug. 28, 2016) at the Fairmont Regional Medical Center. He was 96 years old.
Edgar was born April 21, 1920, in Williamson.
He was the son of the late Pearl Sands McCarty and Martin Edgar McCarty Sr. He grew up in Fairmont and spent many of his retirement years wintering in Florida. However, Fairmont was where he called home.
He graduated from Fairmont Senior High School and Fairmont State College, where he was a member of the Tau Beta Iota fraternity. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corp in September 1941 and served as a first lieutenant throughout World War II, posted primarily in Africa.
After the war, he went to graduate school at West Virginia University and the University of Maryland. He spent almost his entire working life in the insurance business at Henry and Hardesty Insurance Agency, which he co-owned. After he retired he worked part-time for Colburn Walker Real Estate as a Realtor.
While wintering in Florida he also volunteered for many years in the real estate office of Carefree Country Club.
He is a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Fairmont and was a member of the Elks for approximately 70 years. He is also a former member of Rotary, with which he was very active. Ed was a wood carver, a golfer and a bocce ball player. He also enjoyed square dancing. He enjoyed traveling in his RV, having visited 49 of the 50 states, as well as most of the provinces in Canada. He was an avid worker of puzzles, being partial to crosswords and Sudoku.
One of the biggest pleasures in his life was spending time at his summer camp at Rock Lake with his family and friends.
Edgar was preceded in death by his parents; by his first wife of 59 years, Ruth Graham McCarty; and by many friends who were close to his heart.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, June Lough McCarty; sister, Mary Lee Marelocke of Tekamah, Nebraska; son, Douglas Graham McCarty and his wife Patricia of Colfax; daughters, Carolyn McCarty Collin of Charles Town, and Christine McCarty Nease of Greensburg, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Jeffrey Nease and wife Lisa of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and Andrew Nease and wife Shannon of Brooklyn, New York; great-grandchildren, Brandon, Kylie and Laci Nease of Greensburg; friend, Mary Ellen Harrison of Charles Town; niece, Linda Ellis of Tekamah, Nebraska; nephews, Kevin and Mark Becker, and David Fidler, all of the greater Baltimore area.
A memorial service and celebration of Ed's life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 at the First Baptist Church of Fairmont.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the First Baptist Church of Fairmont.
A private interment will be held at the Beverly Hills Cemetery near Morgantown.
Published on September 1, 2016