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Tony McCarver of Marietta, Georgia died peacefully Wednesday morning, March 13, after an extended illness related to complications from a medical procedure he underwent last fall. He was 58. Born in Memphis, Tennessee to Kenneth and Billie McCarver, Tony lived his life according to these priorities—dedication to God above all, to his wife and family, and finally to meaningful and sustaining work. In 1975, he married Marci Watson, his wife of thirty-seven years, and early on, as he reflected later, “God began working in both of our lives.” Theirs was a marriage of deep and abiding love, an inspiration to those fortunate enough to know them, and a testament to the great rewards and blessings of a life shared in sincere and humble faith. This love radiated outward—as did the laughter and good humor so central to their relationship—to family and friends, fellow members of Orange Hill Baptist Church, two generations of Sunday school students, and well beyond. An account executive at Hopco Food Service of Georgia, Tony gained widespread admiration and friendship among his colleagues during a long career in the food service industry. In 2000, he translated his business knowledge and success into the development and founding of Mission Resources International, a non-profit corporation linking North American resources with world ministry. As a leader of many short-term mission trips, Tony had a profound influence personally on the people of Bolivia and Brazil, and on his fellow missionaries. He himself wrote of “the joy of leading teams to South America and seeing God change the lives of those we minister to and the lives of the people on the teams.” The legacy of Tony’s life is perhaps best captured in the words of the theologian Karl Rahner: “Every life lived in faith and love is of permanent value and significance for all.” He will be greatly missed. In addition to his wife Marci, Tony is survived by his brother Terry McCarver of Marietta, his sister Susan McCarver Smith of Villa Rica, six nieces and nephews, and eight grand-nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to Rapha Foundation Bolivia. Please make checks payable to MRI, PO Box 813338, Smyrna, GA 30081 and designate Rapha Medical Center on the memo line. A memorial service in Tony’s honor will be held at Orange Hill Baptist Church in Austell, GA on Saturday, April 6, at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements in care of West Georgia Crematory.
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