The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX


May 6, 2008

J.V. McCarty

On Sept. 2, 1927, the Lord blessed the world with the arrival of J.V. McCarty. He was born to Louis C. and Lillian Goodman McCarty in Crosby, Texas. They later moved to New Waverly, Texas, and then to Sion (Hwy 75 northwest of Huntsville, Texas). He grew up with a wonderful family of three brothers and a sister, plus cousins who were like his brothers and a nephew, Leon, who was like a baby brother. His grandmother and uncles and aunts all lived close to one another. They had some special neighbors – among them the A. J. Murray family.

J.V. attended school in Sion (one room) until his was in the seventh-grade. He then went to school in Huntsville on the bus driven by his great neighbor, A.J. Murray. He graduated from Huntsville High School in 1945. He always remembered the teachers and good friends he had.

In September 1945, J.V. received his letter of greetings from his President, so he left home for the first time to serve his nation in the Army. After boot camp and school training, he embarked on a small transport ship to Frankfort, Germany. He drove transport trucks (without a driver’s license) and saw a different world.

After his tour of duty in Germany, he returned home to attend Sam Houston State University. He soon began his “working days.” He worked for a seismograph company, Cisco Electric, Sunshine Baker, Mountain Bell Telephone Co. and Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, retiring Dec. 30, 1991. He was the third brother to own and operate McCarty’s Grocery that was originally built by his parents. He lived in only three states – Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. He took great pride in his attitude of always giving more than was expected. He saved a man’s life who had fallen into a frozen lake while on a hunting trip in Las Vegas, N.M. He felt blessed to be at the right place at the right time and didn’t think he was a hero.

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