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Royal Oak Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
Tuesday December 19th, 2017
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Wednesday December 20th, 2017

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Rosamond Calhoun McCarty


Rosamond Calhoun McCarty, age 90, passed away Sunday, December 17, 2017 at English Meadows Senior Living, Abingdon, Va.

She was born December 6, 1927 in Marion, Va. to the late Quincy Albert and Kathleen Gwyn Calhoun. Mrs. McCarty was educated in Smyth County Public Schools and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Richmond, Richmond, Va. She taught school in Smyth and Montgomery County for several years. Mrs. McCarty authored two bible study books, “Prayer: The Language of the Spirit” and “Citizen Saints”. She survived polio in her 20’s and went on to lead an extraordinary life. Her passion was to teach the bible and spread the gospel which she did for many years. Mrs. McCarty served her church and community by working on several boards and committees and received numerous awards and accolades, however she only wanted to be remembered as a good and faithful servant to her Lord.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Jackson B. McCarty, Jr.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Spiller and Edward McCoy; and brother-in-law, Donald D. Jones.

Mrs. McCarty is survived by her three children; daughters, Gwyn M. Snider and husband, Jeff of Hampstead, N.C., Laura M. Waddell and husband, Chris of Nashville, Tenn.; son, Jackson B. McCarty, III and wife, Donna of Marion, Va.; six grandchildren, Beattie Sturgill and wife, Ali, Dr. Emma Sturgill, Joseph Ruckert and fiancée, Dr. Margalit Haber, Quincy Ruckert and wife, Erika, Katherine McCarty, and Grayson McCarty; sister, Carolyn Jones; three nieces, Linda Wittenstein, Spiller Gregory, and Kathy Cook; nephew, Cal Jones; and their children, and numerous cousins.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Royal Oak Presbyterian Church with Pastor Alan Gray and Pastor Steve Cathcart officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 5 until 7 p.m. at Royal Oak Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. A private family graveside service will be held at Rich Valley Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Royal Oak Presbyterian Church, 139 West Main Street, Marion VA 24354 or Presbyterian Children’s Home of the Highlands, 425 Grayson Road, Wytheville, VA 24382.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.seaverbrown.com. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Rosamond Calhoun McCarty. 

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She was His humble servant in this life.....she will worship Him throughout eternity. And Rosie will remain in my heart forever. My sincere prayers for her family.

rita montero Dec 26 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Ones...Sending lots of love to you during this time of celebration of Rosie's life which she seemed to live to the fullest. She spoke with such affection about each of you and the joy you brought to her life. That love she had for you was uppermost in her heart, and I'm sure you are missing her terribly. My family grieves with you. We have such touching memories of Rosie...her thoughtfulness, her kindness, her inquisitiveness about our lives, her commitment to her faith and her church, her love of Jack, her devotion to teaching and her enduring smile. We're grateful for our mom, Joy, introducing us to Rosie and Carolyn way back when and sharing stories about the three of them - three musketeers - during their childhood. It was a real gift spending time with your mom in April when we visited Virginia for my aunt Barbara's memorial service. Whenever I was in your Mom's presence, I always came away feeling loved, affirmed and a bit lighter in my very being. She was one of a kind - in so many ways. Her positive spirit served her well, and we shall hold her close as you also. Let her life continue speaking to you as you move into your future. The world was gifted by her presence, her laughter, her tears and her concern about humanity. Bravo! Many blessings and peace. Linda

Linda Bales Todd Dec 25 2017 12:00 AM

How utterly symbolic the candle is to honor Rosie. She was the true light to each of us. We have been honored, and blessed, by her light. God Bless her beautiful soul!!!

Susan V. Jones Dec 20 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Rosamond McCarty

Susan V. Jones Dec 20 2017 12:00 AM

I was so very sad to hear about Miss Rosie. I met her through my mother, Jan Thrasher another resident at English Meadows. I always looked so forward to seeing Miss Rosie and her smiling face and her love of life. She was truly a lovely and kind person who was a shining star everywhere she went. I feel very blessed that I had an opportunity to meet, enjoy and love her. God Bless you all! Lynn Keister

Lynn Keister Dec 20 2017 12:00 AM

McCarty family, So sorry to see her passing...always so pleasant & taking time to visit whenever we met...she will be missed greatly. with sympathy, mike & teresa

mike snavely Dec 20 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Rosamond McCarty

mike snavely Dec 20 2017 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Rosie was one of the very sweetest people I've ever known, she was a true lady! She will be missed, always a smile and a kind word.

Linda, Bimbo & Cory Blevins Dec 19 2017 12:00 AM

Many years ago we had pleasure of meeting and spending time with Rosy. Not sure how old the photo of her is that you all posted on her obit, but she looks very close to how we remember her - sans dark frames, but every bit as beautiful. What a happy smile. She was a remarkable woman that will always have a special place in our hearts forever With deepest sympathy Pam and Dan

Pam and Dan Massouda Dec 19 2017 12:00 AM

We are so sad to learn that Rosie has died. She was a beautiful person both on the inside and outside as her lovely photo attests. She and Jack were fixtures at Rich Valley gatherings for as long as I can remember, and I am sure that they will be sorely missed by many people. B Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.

Tom & Alice Buchanan Dec 19 2017 12:00 AM

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