Celestine Joseph

April 6, 1928 ~ March 17, 2021

Born in: Daviess County, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Celestine Joseph “Joe” McCarty, 92, of the Carmel Home, formerly of Curdsville, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at the Carmel Home. He was born April 6, 1928 in Daviess County to the late Paul McCarty and Nettie Rose Mahoney McCarty. He was retired from Fleishman Distillery and a farmer. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, and a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 67 years, Dora Ann Thompson McCarty, in 2016; three brothers, William Anthony McCarty, Paul Ignatius McCarty, and James Michael McCarty; two sisters, Jane M. Payne and SR. Pauletta McCarty, OSU.

Survivors include his 12 children, Kathy McCarty, Wayne (Becky), Carolyn (Nick) Howard, Susan McCarty, Gary (Sharon) McCarty, Janet (Don) Keller, of Owensboro, Benita (Terry) Voyles, of Mr. Juliet, Tennessee, Amy (Ken) Keller of Clarksville, Tennessee, Lela Simpson of Greensboro, North Carolina, Julie (William) Lankford of LaVergne, Tennessee, Rodney McCarty, Danny (Amy) McCarty both of Owensboro; several grandchildren; step-grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Rose Mary Pease of Evansville, Indiana; and one brother, Frank McCarty of Calhoun.

Services will be 12:00 pm Monday, March 22, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, with Father Brian Roby officiating. Burial will follow at St. Alphonsus Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Sunday at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory, and again from 9:30 am until 11:30 am at the funeral home. Prayers will be 3:00 pm Sunday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church Building Fund; 6143 1st St, Curdsville, KY 42334; and the Carmel Home; 2501 Old Hartford Rd, Owensboro, KY 42303. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

The family of Joe McCarty wish to express their most heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the Carmel Home for the care and understanding they showed Dad while he was under their care.

All who wish to honor Joe at the visitation and funeral are required to wear a mask while inside the funeral home for the safety of all those in attendance.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. McCarty. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Joe McCarty and sign his virtual guestbook by going to www.haleymcginnis.com


Visitation: March 21, 2021 2:00 pm - March 21, 2021 4:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301


Prayers: March 21, 2021 3:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301


Visitation: March 22, 2021 9:30 am - March 22, 2021 11:30 am

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301


Service: March 22, 2021 12:00 pm

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church
6143 First Street
Curdsville, KY 42334


Burial Service: March 22, 2021 1:00 pm

St. Alphonsus Cemetery
7925 Highway 500
Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. Papa Bear,
    Where do I start? As a young girl, I loved you from the moment I met you. You were always the sweetest grandparent and the 1 I always enjoyed being around. Whether we were sitting around the dining room table, out by the pond, or riding the 4 wheeler — I always enjoyed & treasured our time together. I regret not spending more time with you whenever I became an adult, but I never ever have stopped loving you. Our memories we hold, will always remain the closest to my heart.

    I love you,

  2. Thoughts and prayers to the family. Peace be with you all. Carolyn may you find peace and comfort. You have been my strength over the years. Stay strong my friend.

  3. I’m sorry I can’t be there to give you a proper goodbye with the rest of our family, Pepaw. But I am reassured by the wonderful way our family’s been taking care of you, & properly putting u to rest. In addition to the peaceful way you left this world, & returned home. I will always cherish my childhood memories of you. I love you. 💗😔😊

  4. Sorry about the loss of your father, My prayers are with you and your family.
    He must of been a good father . I’m sure you will miss him. The Blair Family sends our deepest sympathy

    Thomas and Janie Blair

  5. Lela, I’m so very sorry. I know how much you loved your father. Rays and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  6. Carolyn & Nick and family,
    We were so sad to hear of the loss of your Dad! Take comfort in the fact that he can watch over us and do so much more for us in his home with Jesus in heaven. Our time on earth is like a second in heaven. So, you’ll be able to see him again in just a second. We’re keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Cathy & Steve Newby and family

  7. Joe was a valued co-worker by my dad, Phil Morrison. May they have a Fleischmann’s reunion in Heaven.

  8. Many years ago our families were neighbors in Curdsville when we rented a little house from the Schadler family. Donna and Benita were classmates as were Diana and Lela and Amy and I. We have many fond memories of visits with your family and we send our deepest condolences to your family. Having lost our Dad in November we can truly empathize with your pain and loss. May Mr. McCarty Rest In Peace and God give you all comfort in your loss.

  9. Benita and family,
    My deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved father. I have the fondest memories of our times together at St.Elizabeth Church and school. I always loved playing the game of “Jacks” with you in the morning before school started! As my sister Susan said, having just lost our dad, we understand your loss. My prayers are with you and your entire family. May the peace of Christ be with you all, and may Jesus bring you comfort and strength.

  10. So very sorry for your lose. I remember riding the school bus and you being just a stones throw away from our house. So sorry I was unable to attend services.

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