John Kenneth (Ken) McCarty

November 17, 1955 - July 18, 2017


A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017, at Fort Worth Presbyterian Church (PCA) 6251 Oakmont Trail, Fort Worth 76132, with Pastor Darwin Jordan officiating. Memorials: In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to one of the following charities: PCA Ministerial Relief, 1700 North Brown Road, Suite 106, Lawrenceville GA 30043 or . Click on "Relief" and click in drop down, "Donate to Relief." The PCA Ministerial Relief Fund assists PCA pastors and their families in time of need. These funds ensure widows will not live out their years in poverty, and disabled pastors will be able to afford the basic needs of life. Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), P.O.Box 890004, Charlotte, NC 28289 with the notation "In memory of Ken McCarty." Ken has loved the ministry of RUF for almost 20 years. Serving more than 140 college campuses, RUF strives to engage college students as they explore the Lordship of Christ in their lives. Ken is thrilled that David is active in RUF on his college campus.

John Kenneth (Ken) McCarty, 61, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, after a courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

Ken was born on November 17, 1955, in Alamogordo, New Mexico, son of Ramona Jane and Robert Joseph McCarty. Ken grew up in Fort Worth. He was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for BBT Capital Management, employed at the Bass Companies for more than 26 years. Prior to that, Ken worked for KPMG accounting firm in the Dallas and New York Operating Offices, as well as the Department of Professional Practice in New York.

Ken considered himself extremely blessed to marry the love of his life, Karen, in 1996. He recently joked that getting married at 40 years old, and having two children in the span of a few years, was like driving down the highway at 75 mph and throwing the car into reverse. Though it was a radical change, he considered it the best decision he ever made.

Ken cherished his roles as husband and father, and was extremely proud of the young men his sons have grown up to be. Ken loved to travel with his family, making memories on vacations around the world. He was also an avid audiophile and loved to relax by listening to classical music on vinyl and CDs in his listening room.

Ken loved the Lord, and he lived out the gospel every day in the way he selflessly cared for others. Though he would have wished to have more time with his family, he did not fear death and was perfectly at peace knowing that before he was born, the Lord had numbered his days.

Ken served as an elder at Fort Worth Presbyterian Church (PCA), a Board Member of the Sid Richardson Memorial Scholarship Fund, and a Board Member of the PCA Retirement & Benefits, Inc.

Ken was preceded in death by his mother, Ramona Jane McCarty and mother-in-law, Lynette Gunnell Whitley.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Whitley McCarty; sons, David Kenneth McCarty and Stephen John McCarty; father, Robert Joseph McCarty; brothers Robert Joseph McCarty, Jr. and his wife Annette Weiss McCarty, Randall Rory McCarty and Darren Lee McCarty; sister-in-law Jennifer Brockett McCarty; brother-in-law T. Alva Whitley; parents-in-law Thomas A. Whitley and Bonnie C. Whitley; nieces Joy, Grace and Libby; nephews James, Daniel, Brock and John.