CAMILLA -- Roye Elizabeth Sizemore McCarty, 91, of Camilla died Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at her residence in Camilla.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 14 at Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home with Rev. William Collins officiating. Private graveside services will follow.
Born March 15, 1922 in Mitchell County, Mrs. McCarty was the daughter of the late Eddie Martin and Johnnie Mae Haire Sizemore. She was married to the late James Emory McCarty. She graduated from Pelham High School in 1940 and stated that her class was the last to wear white dresses for commencement exercises. During the 1940's, she enjoyed being a stay at home mother to her two oldest children and along the side of her husband, they farmed and lived on the old O.P. Sapp farm located on the historic Hawthorne Trail in Camilla. In the fifties, Mrs. McCarty had two more children and also began her work career outside of the home at Watson's Supermarket. She worked as the clerk/cashier for over 30 years and learned the business of purchasing produce off the trucks of local farmers. She enjoyed inspecting varieties of fresh produce and developed a strong relationship with small farmers in the area. She also instigated one of the first home delivery services for busy mothers who did not have the time to shop for their families. She would take down the grocery list over the phone from the customer, hand pick the groceries, check them out, bag them, and prepare them to be loaded on the delivery truck to be received by families at their homes. It was at this time that she became known to all as "Miss Roye", a name that stayed with her throughout her life.
In 1962, she became a widow with four children to raise. She had to make decisions and sold the family farm and home place. Mrs. McCarty built her own home, purchased her automobiles, and became the strong matriarch her family needed to survive. She began her Christian life at her parents home and then joined the First Baptist Church of Pelham, but upon marriage converted to Methodist and joined the Camilla United Methodist Church, where she also was a member of the Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kristy McCarty; sisters, Edrie Vick and Barbara Regent; and family companion, Janie Byrd.
Survivors include one daughter, Marsha Jean Weaver of Camilla; three sons, James Emory McCarty, Jr. of Camilla, Eddie Sapp McCarty & wife, Marcy, of Camilla, and Jody Mark McCarty & wife, Susie, of Camilla; two sisters, Jean Pitts of Camilla and Myrtle McNeil Wall of Newton; one brother, James Sizemore of Hogansville; five grandchildren, Mia Farrow, James Wood, Jennifer McCarty, Mary Anne Wood, and Mark McCarty, Jr.; and a number of great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her husband's first cousin, James David Sapp, Jr. of Camilla.
Visitation will be from 10 - 11 a.m., Friday, one hour before services, at Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home in Camilla.
Memorials may be made to Camilla United Methodist Church, Children's Ministry, P. O. Box 192, Camilla, GA 31730.
Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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