Dr. Ronald Bevill McCarver
Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home and Crematory
5434 Old Birmingham Highway
Tuscaloosa, AL
TUSCALOOSA Dr. Ronald Bevill McCarver, age 66, of Tuscaloosa, died Tuesday, October 22, after a brief battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on today, October 27, 2013, at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel with Dan Kilgore officiating.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clay Hunter McCarver.

Survivors include his wife, Dawn Reynolds McCarver; his children, Russell Byron McCarver (Diana) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Andrea Laura McCarver of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Daniel Hunter McCarver of Tuscaloosa; his brothers, Robert Hunter McCarver (Charlotte) of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Russell Todd McCarver (James Grimes) of Memphis, Tennessee; his mother, Margie "Sue" McCarver; granddaughters Victoria Fallon McCarver and Morgan Ashley McCarver; and mothers of his children, Sandy Yaeger(Russell) and Jane Kristin McCarver (Andrea and Daniel).

Ron was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi, grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southwestern at Memphis (Rhodes College) in 1969. He received his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology from The University of Alabama in 1971, completing his doctoral program in record time, an achievement that has not been matched to this day. He worked at Partlow Developmental Center in Tuscaloosa as Program Director, and then served in many capacities at Bryce Hospital, including Assistant Clinical Director, Director of Psychology, and Assistant Hospital Director. Ron had more than 35 years of experience teaching at the college and graduate school level at The University of Alabama School of Psychology, teaching various courses including History and Systems of Psychology, for which he wrote his own textbook.

Since retirement from Bryce Hospital, Ron was a consultant for Indian Rivers and Taylor Hardin Secure Mental Health Facilities - he had a private practice in psychological consultation and assessment of individuals with serious mental illness and those with intellectual and physical disabilities. Most recently, Ron served as a forensic expert witness for capital trials all over the state of Alabama, an endeavor he felt was his true vocation.

Ron enjoyed athletics, playing basketball, football, baseball, and running track in high school, achieving All Memphis football recognition. He went on to play football on a Leadership Scholarship at Southwestern at Memphis. In his adult years Ron enjoyed tennis and golf. Much to his family members' chagrin, Ron would win every friendly competition at family gatherings, whether they were playing tennis, Monopoly, darts, chess, or cards. Ron enjoyed cooking, reading, traveling with family and friends, and spending quiet reflection time on the porch at sundown. He had a brilliant mind, a generous heart, and a creative, sharp wit. Ron was always known for his unyielding support for his family, friends, colleagues, and students.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 (www.cancer.org).
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I just learned of Ron's passing. I worked with him in the late 70s at Partlow and he changed the dynamics of the job when he arrived. We lost touch when I moved out of state.
Michael Elium
June 27, 2016
I am deeply saddened by the news! Ronnie was one kind-hearted person. He was such an important part of our high school! Thought and prayers........
February 8, 2014
Ronnie was a sweet high school friend. i'm sorry we didn't get to see him at the last reunion. i am more sad that i did not keep in touch better. God bless you, ronnie.
February 7, 2014
I just learned of Ronnie's passing; went to high school with him. I pray the God of all comfort is sustaining you still. He will be remember by many as a wonderful friend.
Edna Lepard-Fields
February 7, 2014
Just learned of Ron's passing today and very saddened. A long time high school friend will be missed by many. My condolonces to the entire McCarver family. I know you have lost a special person. He contributed so much and touched many lives.
Betty Quave
February 5, 2014
Ron was a good friend and professional colleague of 30 years. It is difficult to believe he won't be available for counsel, comfort, and golf.
Jim Sears
October 26, 2013
Ron was a great friend and he richly blessed my life in many ways. His intellectual ability was extraordinary and the quality his professional work is illustrated by the history of psychology textbook that he published last year. When Ron did a job, you knew it would be done at a high standard. He inspired me to do my best. Ron was more than smart, he lived his life by the highest of spiritual principles. He did not pay lip service to those principles--they guided his daily interactions with everyone he encountered. Ron maintained a remarkable sense of clarity at times when others would lose their cool. I am especially thankful for our travels together, our times out in nature, and his willingness to teach me how to be a good dad when I had children late in life. Thank you Ron for teaching me much. My love and condolences to all his family and friends.
Bob Benefield
October 26, 2013
We just heard of Dr. McCarvers passing and your family is in our heartfelt prayers. Our daughters, Laurie and Caroline, resided across the street from your home during their combined years at UA. Although we didn't know you all well, our girls always felt secure knowing you all were such wonderful neighbors right across the street. Mark and I are so very sorry for your loss, as are Laurie and Caroline! Please know your family is in our heartfelt prayers in the days ahead.
Sincerely, Kim Nelson
Kim and Mark Nelson
October 25, 2013
So sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Worked with him at Bryce Hospital. Looked forward to his bringing one of his dishes that he cooked up. A good cook. Sympathy to the family.
Faye Herring Armstrong
October 25, 2013
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