November 7, 2002

(7/26/1926 - 10/30/2002)

Merton Earl McCarty of Memphis, MO, died at his home late October 30, 2002.

Mert was born July 27, 1926, in Wyaconda, MO, the son of Earl Vincent and Hazel Mae (Brammer) McCartney. He was 76 years old.

Mert attended high school in Edina, MO. He joined the United States Army on December 5, 1944 and was honorably discharged on November 19, 1946, after serving his country in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign in World War II.

He married Dorothy Sprague, in August 1968, in Memphis, MO.

Throughout his life, Mert was involved in all aspects of building and construction, including operating his own cabinet shop and being an independent building contractor.

In 1973 Mert received the crowning jewel in his professional career when he was chosen as the first instructor for the new Building Trades program at Clark County R-I High School in Kahoka, MO. In this capacity he was instrumental in the development of the program and in establishing the tradition of quality and excellence that the program is known for today.

From 1973 through 1978 Mert enjoyed sharing his knowledge and experience with "his boys". The relationships formed in the classroom and on the job-site have, in most cases, turned to friendships that have lasted a lifetime.

After retiring he enjoyed helping Dorothy in the jewelry store, visiting with his many friends of all ages in the community and spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his sister, Iva Lue Arnold; and three brothers-in-law, Frank Watson, Okla Arnold, and Richard Smith; and a son-in-law, Graham McCormick.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy McCarty; and children, sons, Phillip McCarty and wife, Ramona of Moberly, MO, Kevin Rodgers and wife, Becky of Williamstown, MO; daughters, Sharon McCormick of Los Gatos, CA, Karen Tuttle and husband, Richard of Kahoka, MO, Sherry Rodgers of Phoenix, AZ, Cindy Zuidema and husband, Victor of Willits, CA; and Kathleen McCarty of Florence, OR; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Twila Watson and Rosailee Smith, both of Canton, MO; many special nieces and nephews.

The family has suggested memorials to the American Lung Association.

Funeral services were held November 2, 2002, at the Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis, MO with Bro. David Barton officiating. Musicians were Ann Luther, organist, and Eddy Watson, soloist. Body bearers were Brett Brewer, Dale Harper, Chuck Nelson, Chuck Johnston, Kent Nixon, and Hubert Nelson. Honorary bearers were students from Clark County R-I Building Trades Classes of 1973 through 1978. Interment was in the Memphis Cemetery, Memphis, MO.

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