TUPELO – Kenneth Wayne “Ken” McCarty Sr., 61, went to be with the Lord on May 23, 2009, after a short battle with cancer. He was born June 9, 1947, to W.O. McCarty and Mary Alice Lucas McCarty.
He married the love of his life, Geri Gunter McCarty, on Sep. 10, 1965. They spent almost 44 wonderful years together. Side by side, the made a warm, loving home for their 3 children.
He enjoyed fishing, NASCAR and dirt track racing. He liked playing with his dog, Sandy and his two cats, Tiger and Lily. But most of all he loved being with his family and especially spending time with his grandchildren. He was loved by everyone who knew him. He was known for his big heart.
He was in the trucking business for most of his life, and owned Ken McCarty Trucking, Inc. for over 20 years. He worked hard his whole life until the cancer made it impossible seven weeks ago.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial will be in the Gilvo Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Geri Gunter McCarty; one daughter, Christy Comer and her husband Woody of Tupelo; two sons, Ken McCarty Jr. and his wife Michelle and Todd McCarty, both of Palmetto; his greatest joy, his four grandchildren, Chance and Katelyn McCarty and Abby and Noah Comer; two sisters, Charlene Estes and husband Earl of Palmetto and Peggy Bishop of Tupelo; two sisters-in-law, Ann Lauderdale of Eggville and Sandy Biereicnel and her husband Iwan of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three brothers-in-law, Ecolee Lamb of Eggville, Ted Ramsey of Michigan City, Ind., and Lyle Bishop of Mooreville; special friends, Sam and Quple Dunlap, James Rogers, Robert Comer, Don Keith, Lallie Wren; and his best friend, Buddy Franks.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Donnie McCarty; and his infant son, Christopher Kenneth McCarty.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Kevin Holloway, Steve Estes, Bubba Estes, Shane Estes, Stevie Estes and Chad Bishop.
Honorary pallbearers will be his many friends and his former drivers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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