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Jerry Ross McCarthy

Jerry Ross McCarthy, age 75, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

The story of Jerry Ross McCarthy could fill a multitude of books and cannot be told in a few lines.

He was an avid outdoors man and loved being in the woods hunting, fishing or camping; it didn’t matter as long as it was outside.

God blessed him with many talents in life and was given a creative mind. He used his talents in his main occupation as a jeweler for over 45 years, but was also musically gifted and wrote scores of songs.

He had a strong belief in his Baptist faith, and it was reflected in his life by the way he took care of his family. He was a father to all and had one of the biggest hearts. His kindness overflowed.

Jerry R. McCarthy was born in St. Albains, WV on July 21, 1942. He went home to be with the Lord on November 11, 2017.

Jerry is survived by wife, Fran McCarthy; son, Matt McCarthy and wife Shirley of Craig, CO; daughter, Starlet McCarthy and fiance’ Larry Thibadeax of Pea Ridge, AR; daughter, Karyn Dodson and husband Tony of Fayetteville, AR; son, Cody McCarthy of Heath Valley, AR; six grandchildren, Shannon Moore and husband Matt, Kaleb McCarthy and wife Alexis, Cory Atkins and wife Brittany, Adam Atkins, Isabel & Alexia Dodson; five great-grandchildren, Adain, Addyson, Austin, Ashton, Addyson; sisters, Joan and Joyce; and special nieces and nephews that he considered his children, Frankie, Dirk, Johnny, Eric, Shawn, Justin, Breck, Danny, and Kristy.

Graveside service will be Thursday, November 16, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at Board Camp Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 15, 2017 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood.

Pallbearers will be Matt McCarthy, Cody McCarthy, Kaleb McCarthy, Breck Hinson, Kenny Bodey, and Frankie McNeil.

Honorary pallbearers are Steve Heath, Adam Atkins, Cory Atkins, Dwight Powell, Neil Taylor, Louie Edwards, Tony Dodson, Larry Thibadeaux, Shawn Hinson, Dirk Hinson and Eric Hinson.

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