ALBERT JACKSON MCCARN Sr. MCCARN, ALBERT JACKSON, SR. Jack McCarn, born in Birmingham, AL, January 29, 1924, passed peacefully from this life on October 8, 2012. He joins his wife of 55 years, Dorothy W. McCarn, who preceded him into the Presence of God on January 22, 2004. Mr. McCarn was a veteran of World War II, serving in Italy in 1944-45 with the 744th Bombardment Squadron, 456th Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force. After the war he earned a bachelor's degree from Birmingham Southern College, and a degree in jurisprudence from the Birmingham School of Law. In a remarkable career spanning over 60 years, Mr. McCarn served as one of Alabama's most knowledgeable and respected insurance professionals as a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC). Among his many honors, he was named the Alabama Independent Insurance Association's Insuror of the Year in 1994; President, North Alabama Chapter, CPCU; President, Alabama Marketing Association; Most Loyal Gander, Alabama Pond, Honorable Order of Blue Goose; Insurance Women of Birmingham's Boss of the Year in 1975; Insurance Fieldman of the Year; and Birmingham Association of Insurance Women's VIP for 1992. In 1986, Mr. McCarn opened his own business, Reality Insurance Agency, which upon his retirement in 2010 passed to the able care of his daughter, Mickie McCarn Edwards. He is remembered fondly for his service to two generations of Boy Scouts, and as deacon, youth leader, and Sunday school teacher in Baptist churches in Alabama and Florida, most recently at the Raleigh Avenue Baptist Church of Homewood, AL. Mr. McCarn is survived by his wife, Lenora Maude Harrell McCarn, of Homewood, and his children, Mickie and Raymond A. Edwards of Alabaster, Lt. Col. (Ret) Albert Jackson and Charlayne McCarn, Jr., of San Antonio, TX, and Charles Victor and Tammy K. McCarn of Huntsville, AL. He is sorely missed by his grandchildren, Cynthia and Matthew Fields of Hendersonville, TN, Jacquelyn and Lam Le of Pelham, AL, Austin and Daniel McCarn of Huntsville, AL, Rachael Shannon McCarn of Virginia Beach, VA, and Kathryn McCarn of Austin, TX. He is also remembered fondly by his stepsons, Wayne Harrell of Boligee, AL, Barry Harrell of Crane Hill, AL, and Kevin Harrell of Glen Ellyn, IL.
Early Ray Smith, of Hoover, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at age 86. He was born and raised in the Bay Springs community in Dothan. Ray graduated from Brannon Stand Elementary, Wicksburg High School, and Troy University. He served in the Alabama National Guard (22nd Infantry) and also in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Ray was in the insurance industry for more than 50 years in Montgomery, Mobile, and Birmingham. He worked with Alabama Inspection and Rating Bureau, Aetna Insurance Company, and Merchants Property Insurance Company of Indiana. He was a partner with Rick Gibb and Linda Lewis in the Beacon Insurance Agency. Ray was also an Insurance Advisor in Risk Management for the City of Hoover. He was a member of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church and New Horizons Sunday School Class. Ray was a past member of Dauphin Way Baptist Church in Mobile. Ray was a trustee of the Alabama Eye Bank and had a lifetime membership in the Insurance Marketing Association of Alabama and also Honorable Order of the Blue Goose. He was a member and played golf at Chace Lake. Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Early L. Smith and Eunice Hollis Smith; 3 brothers, T.J., Grady, and David Smith; 3 sisters, Jewel Dowling, Audrey Mae Turner, and Myra Faye Hall; and 2 nephews, Jimmy Turner and Dr. Jeff Smith. Ray is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Catherine; his daughter, Rozanne Smith Emory, and her husband, David; son, Steve Smith, and his wife Tracy; grandchildren, Bennett Smith, Caroline Emory, and Catherine Smith; and nephews, nieces, relatives, and friends. The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 2-3 PM at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home, 2701 John Hawkins Pkwy in Hoover. Funeral services will follow in the Chapel at 3 PM. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South. Memorial gifts may be given to Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries, PO Box 361767, Birmingham, AL 35236-1767.
Published in The Birmingham News on Feb. 2, 2018
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