James McCarthy, 92

James E. McCarthy, age 92, of New Prague, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital, New Prague.

Jim was born April 7, 1921, in Sunbury, NC, to Robert & Sally (Ritter) McCarthy. He attended Sunbury Public Schools and joined the army shortly after graduating from high school. Jim married Grace Johnson on November 29, 1945, in St. James, MN. He worked for a year at an A & P in Norfolk, VA, before the couple moved to the Twin City area in Minnesota in 1947. There he would take a job as a bus driver for Jefferson Lines, logging in over a million miles without an accident in his 38-year career. In the early 1980s the couple retired to North Carolina and Jim took up his love of music by playing guitar. He played in festivals all over North Carolina, winning awards for his efforts and even found himself playing with backup musicians of the Grand Ol' Opry in Nashville, TN. The couple moved finally to New Prague in 2002. Jim is survived by his wife, Grace of New Prague; children, Keith McCarthy of St. Paul, Peggy McCarthy of St. Paul, James McCarthy of Washington, DC; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Waverly and Herman. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at 11:00 AM at Bruzek Funeral Home with his grandson, Rev. Brett McCarthy officiating. Visitation was held two hours prior to service. Burial was at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery with military honors. Serving as pallbearers were Ian, Conor, Brett, Keith, and James McCarthy.

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