Rush Elias McCarty passed away at age eighty five on October 20th, 2013 in Kingwood, Texas. Born on March 31, 1928, in Sikes, Louisiana, he was the second son of John and Jessie Montgomery McCarty. During the Korean War, he served in the United State Army with a rank of First Lieutenant. After his service in the Army, Rush attended Louisiana State University, where he received a degree in Agriculture, with a concentration in Soil Science. During his time at LSU he developed a lifelong love for LSU football and baseball. Before starting his own business, Rush had a memorable career working in the agriculture industry for several companies, which included the chemical division of John Deere, Ferro Corporation, and Hooker Chemical Corporation where he specialized in the development of increasing crop yields in hard to grow areas. In his retirement years Rush had the honor of being a Silver Star for the Houston Astros and a marshal at the local golf course. Rush never met a stranger. He was always ready to share a cup of coffee and conversation. Above all, his most notable accomplishment was his family, where he took an active role in his children’s and later his grandchildren's interests. He could often be found at the Kingwood High School Ag barn and livestock shows. Rush was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Dr. Emil Stedman McCarty. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 50 years Carolyn Wilson McCarty, his three children and their families: Kevin and wife Alice McCarty of Huntsville; Shannon and husband Mike Magee of Atascocita; and Tom McCarty and wife Nicole Chargualaf of Austin. His grandchildren are Ryan and Blake McCarty of Normangee; Christopher Matthys of Huntsville; Brittany Williams and husband Miles of Huntsville; and Chase, Nathan, Austin, and Preston Magee, and honorary granddaughter Kadimarie Blackwell all of Atascocita. A celebration of his life will be held at First United Methodist Church of Humble, followed by a burial in Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or other veterans' organizations.

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