Preston C. McCarty was born in Brownwood, Texas, on Aug. 13, 1929, to Mary Ellen and Walter Maston McCarty. He passed a way on ?Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at the age of 82, after a brief illness.

He attended Brownwood Public Schools and graduated from ?Brownwood Business College in 1950, majoring in accounting. Preston served in the U.S. Army as an M.P. in San Francisco until his honorable discharge in 1947.

Preston was married to Dorine Clark. On July 21, 1951, and moved to Odessa, Texas, to be a Partner in an Oil Field Service Business until 1963. Returning to Brownwood in 1963, he was office and Accounting Manager of Rock River Woolen Mills until 1977. in 1977 he was owner of a private transportation business that transported BN-SF railroad crews over the state of Texas. He and his son, Don McCarty worked in this business ?together for 20 years. Preston retired in 1997. To describe Preston in four words, "he was all business." he was also in the Masonic Lodge, where he was a Master Mason, 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner since 1953. Preston loved ranching and livestock. He was al ways out in the field checking on the cows or the hay crop. He loved his family, grandchildren and knew that his Lord and Jesus Christ was his Savior. Preston was a member of Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Dorine McCarty; one ?son, Don McCarty and wife Sharla of Brownwood, texas; grandchildren, Tyler McCarty of Lewisville, Texas, Kristen McCarty of the Woodlands, Texas; brother-in-law, Jim Strickland and wife, Willene Clark Strickland of Omaha, Neb., their children; nephews, Ames and Kim Strickland and children, Tommy and Jami Strickland and children, and Lance and Marsha (Strickland) Lincoln and children all of Omaha, Neb. Also numerous nieces and nephews.

Those preceding him into glory were his parents, half brothers ?W.M. Jr., Mack, Dewey, and Morris McCarty.

Visitation will be from 6 until 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug 22, and ?services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011, all at Heartland Funeral Home in Early, Texas. Interment will follow in the Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood, Texas.

Friends are invited to sign his guestbook at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net.