Lacey J. “Curley” McCarey
Lacey J. “Curley” McCarey, also known as “Poppa”, 92, of Orange, Texas, died Thursday, Aug. 14. Services were Sunday, Aug. 17, from Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. The Rev. Don Sheffield of Union Baptist Church in Florien, La., officiated.
Born in Murphysboro, Ill., on May 24, 1916, to Lacey and Helen McCarey. He was very close to his stepfather Donald Shattuck. A resident of Orange since 1978, he was partially-raised in east Texas near Ranger, working in the oil fields there. He entered the Navy in 1944, serving in World War II from San Diego as a Seaman 1st Class. He worked for different oil field companies and retired as general superintendent for the Fluor Corp. of Houston after 38 years. He traveled all over the U.S. and Canada with his wife, two sons and horses, and later traveled to Saudi Arabia with his wife, for the Fluor Corp. He was a cowboy, working on ranches as a boy and later in life roped calves, bulldogged and team roped in rodeos.
He celebrated 60 years as a 32nd degree Mason, his lodge being Madison Lodge 126 of Orange. His Blue Lodge was in Trona, Calif., and Scottish Rite in Lawrence, Kan. He was also a member of Ironworkers Local 136 for 66 years.
Survivors include his wife Shirley of 60 years; sons Michael of Camarillo, CA, Patrick of Orange; and daughter, Judi White of Tempe, Ariz., from a previous marriage, Debbie and Terri, daughters-in-law, three granddaughters, Dusti McCarey Burcham and Jenna McCarey of Orange, and Jenesee Johnson of California, three grandsons, Michael Tanner McCarey of Camarillo, Calif., Paul White Jr. of San Diego and Sean White of Tempe; sister, Wanda DuBois of Albuquerque, N.M.; two nephews, Frank A. DuBois of Corona, N.M. and John DuBois of Albuquerque; niece, Fara Green of El Paso; Chloe Taylor White, great-grandchild, and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Memorial scholarship donations may be made in honor of L.J. “Curley” McCarey, the family said. Checks should be made to NMSU Foundation, Attn: Kim Albright, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, MSC 3189 Box 30005, Las Cruces, NM, 88003-80005.