James A. McCarty, Sr.
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James A. McCarty, Sr., of Evansville, passed away Monday February 11, 2013 at VNA Charlier Hospice Center.
Jim was born November 23, 1925 in Vanderburgh County to Jacob and Dorothy (Crawford) McCarty. He was a 1943 graduate of Bosse High School and a 1950 graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business. He was a member of the President's Council, Alpha Zeta (Honorary Agriculture), Skull and Crescent and Acacia Fraternity. In 1947 Jim married his high school sweetheart, Loral "Bonnie" Hubbard. He served in the US Navy during World War II.
In 1960 he founded Colonial Garden Center, Inc. He was a member and past president of the American Seed Trade Assoc., Indiana Nursery and Landscape Assoc. and the National Landscape Assoc. His civic and community services include: Evansville Chamber of Commerce Board Member Chairman; Agra-Business Committee; Evansville Rotary Club, Board Member, Rotary International, Paul Harris Foundation Fellow in 1993 and Civic Award winner 2007; Board Member of the Evansville Goodwill Industries; Board Member of the Evansville YMCA; Board Member and past president of the Southwest Indiana Tuberculosis and Lung Association; and Evansville Museum Board Member. In 1975 he was named "Boss of the Year" by Evansville Business Women's Association. He was the founder of Bosse High School Career Center (Bosse CARES) which is now part of EVSC and a statewide program; Ivy Tech Community College Foundation Board Member; and Regional Advisors Board Member. He managed the McCarty Family Horticulture Scholarship Fund at Purdue University. Jim was selected by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2009 as a Distinguished Hoosier. In 2010 he was inducted into the EVSC Foundation "Hall of Fame" as part of its inaugural class. He was given the 'Silent Philanthropist' award by the Vanderburgh Community Foundation Spirit of Giving Committee and was given the Lydia Metz Compassionate Care Award by Visiting Nurse Association Hospice. On August 22, 2011 the James and Bonnie McCarty Media Center was dedicated at Benjamin Bosse High School.
A longtime supporter of Purdue University and local colleges, Mr. McCarty encouraged others to give back to the community, particularly to invest in youth and education, as ways to ensure Evansville remains a strong community. He led the Special Gifts Division for the record breaking Ivy Tech Community College Capital Campaign in 2001. His hard work earned him an Honorary Degree from Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.
He was a lifetime member, Deacon, Trustee, and Elder of First Presbyterian Church.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Loral 'Bonnie' Hubbard McCarty; daughter, Jennifer Bailey and sister, Virginia McCarty Black.
He is survived by his children, Karen Ellerbrook (Niel) and J.T. McCarty (Julie); grandchildren, Elizabeth Madison, Laura Feeney, Ryan Alley, Reed Bailey, Colin McCarty, and Cara McCarty; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Rilee, Reese, and Quinn.
Friends may call from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2013 at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S. Hebron Ave., Evansville, IN 47714. Visitation will continue from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 609 Southeast Second St., Evansville, IN 47713. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the church with Reverend Kevin Fleming officiating.
Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 609 Southeast Second St., Evansville, IN 47713 or VNA Charlier Hospice Center, 610 E. Walnut St., Evansville, IN 47713.
Condolences may be made to the family online at www.ziemerfuneralhome.com
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Published in Courier Press on Feb. 14, 2013