Gilbert McCarty

Gil McCarty, 78, passed on December 8, 2012, at home after a long illness.  Gil was born August 1, 1934, in Eminence, Kentucky to Stanley McCarty, Sr. and Aleene Constantine McCarty.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Chester McCarty, Stanley McCarty Jr. (Sara), James P. McCarty (Wanda), and Herbert McCarty (Scottie).  He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nora Elizabeth Ewing McCarty; his three children:  Theresa Lee McCain, Kimberly Ewing Stafford (Frankfort), and Michael Ewing McCarty (wife Wendy) (Midland, Michigan); and is survived by five grandchildren and one great-grandson. Gil is also survived by four siblings:  Bertha Everett (Ralph) of Huntsville, Alabama, Betsy Moore of Campbellsburg, Kentucky, Glenn McCarty (Molly) of Alabama, and Rosa Lee Clark (Robert) of La Grange, Kentucky; and survived by numerous nephews and nieces.

The majority of Gil McCarty’s career was in the insurance industry.  Gil received a B.S. from Kentucky State University.  He started out with Metropolitan Life as an agent and consultant before joining the Department of Insurance for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  During his career at the Department of Insurance he served as a policy and rate analyst before being appointed by Governor Wendell Ford in 1971 as Deputy Commissioner and Director of the Life and Health Division.  His career at the Department culminated by being appointed Commissioner of Insurance by Governor Martha Lane Collins on December 14, 1983, and serving through the Governor’s term.  During his tenure at the Department of Insurance he is given credit as being the architect of the Kentucky Employee’s Deferred Compensation System, created the Department of Insurance first ever Division of Licensing and was considered nationally an expert on group life and health insurance programs.  After leaving State Government, Gil worked in private industry until his retirement but left retirement in September, 2000 to join the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACO) to serve as Deputy Director to oversee KACO’s insurance programs.

Gil served his community tirelessly throughout his lifetime.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Eminence, Kentucky.   In 1956, he joined the Campbellsburg Lions Club, and after moving to Frankfort in 1959, he joined the Frankfort Lions Club where he served twice as Club President and as District Governor of 43T.  He was elected Chairman of the District Governors and during his tenure the District received recognition internationally for its growth in members and for being instrumental in instituting the Blind Youth Camp.  During his service Gil achieved goals that many thought were unachievable and served in every capacity for the benefit of the Club and his community.  His service resulted in him being nominated and accepted into the Lions Club Hall of Fame. 

Gil enjoyed dove hunting, gardening, golf and was an avid UK basketball and football fan.

Gil and his wife Nora joined the First Baptist Church in Frankfort in 1961 and he was active in the Church throughout their membership.  Nora and Gil were members of the Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class. 

Honorary Pallbearers will be Gayle Hockensmith, Ray Swatzyna and the men from the Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class.

A Celebration of Life for Gil McCarty will be at 2 p.m. Saturday February 2nd at the First Baptist Church on St. Clair Street.  Visitation will precede the Celebration from 1-2 p.m. at First Baptist Church.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the First Baptist Church.

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