James Edgerton McCartney “Jim” left us on Sunday, November 29nd, so he could once again dance with his wife, Mary. Jim was born October 8, 1927 in Youngstown, Ohio to Edgar and Eva McCartney. He was later joined by his sister, Fran (Russell). After graduation from High School, Jim spent one year at the Coast Guard Academy before transferring to “The Ohio State University” (GO GREEN!). This was the best move he ever made because that is where he met Mary Holden Browder who became his wife on July 1, 1950. They had a love affair that lasted the next 60 years until Mary’s death in 2010. Jim traveled extensively with Mary including visiting the British Isles, Europe, Eastern Europe, The Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and China. Even after Mary’s death, Jim continued to travel; a trip back to England, multiple visits to Stratford, Canada, and visiting family were only a few of his excursions.
Jim was a Certified Public Accountant for over 60 years and led the firm that bore his name for the majority of that time. He developed a national reputation for his work with Independent Telephone Companies, and this included his participation and leadership in the industry’s philanthropic organization “ITPA,” “Independent Telephone Pioneer Association.”
While Jim graduated from Ohio State (GO WHITE!), he became a diehard Spartan. Season tickets to football and basketball, traveling to bowl games including the 2014 Rose Bowl, watching a basketball game on an aircraft carrier, cheering on The Green & White to a recent victory over his Alma mater, season tickets at the Wharton Center, and his scholarship fund through the School of Business are testimonies that his blood runs green.
But, most importantly, was that Jim was a devout Christian. His family will tell you that he never went to bed without reciting The Lord’s Prayer. He was an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church for over 49 years where he sang in the choir and held multiple leadership positions. He also volunteered his time to the United Methodist Church locally, statewide and at the national level. Jim believed that the best way to practice your faith was through one’s acts. Over his life time, he volunteered in multiple organizations including PTAs, Kiwanis, and Boy Scouts; he supported food banks, rescue shelters, and was always there with a smile and a hug. While his paper weight collection is extensive, his collection of friends is even more impressive.
Jim is survived by his three children: Mary “Elaine” McCartney Priester (William), David McCartney (Jeanne), Rob McCartney (Shirley); seven grandchildren: Zachorie Priester, Melanie Butler (Greg), Caleb McCartney (Lyndsey), Jacob McCartney, Katie Priester, Jennifer Scarborough (Chad Edgar), and Greta McCartney-Briere (Kevin); and three great-grandchildren: Olivia Butler, Matthew Butler and Aleksi Briere. He is also survived by his sister, Fran Russell, his two sisters-in-law, Elaine Davidson and Mildred Corsett, and over 30 cousins, nieces, nephews, as well as hundreds of friends that are as close as family. We will all miss you Jim – - Say “Hi” to Mary for us.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 18, 2015, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing, MI from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and 6:00pm and 8:00pm. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held Saturday, December 19, 2015, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 2200 Lake Lansing Rd., Lansing, MI at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Lansing – Stoneleigh Residence, or the Asbury United Methodist Church Music Program.