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Michael Francis McCarthy, Sr., 90, of Thunderbolt, Georgia died October 21, 2022 at his home with his loving wife of 69 years, Charlotte Wolfe McCarthy, and his family by his side.

Born November 22, 1931 in Savannah, Georgia, he was the son of the late Charles Harold McCarthy and the late Nadine Clarice Solterie McCarthy. Michael was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Church and, later, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church for 65 years. He attended Cathedral Day School and Benedictine Military School. Michael and Charlotte, high school sweethearts, married in April of 1953 in Savannah at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Michael marched in the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day parade every year from grade school through 2019. He loved his Irish heritage and was a member of the Fenian Society. Michael worked as a machinist at multiple locations, retiring from Stone Container.

Michael had many hobbies including playing golf with the Old Timers, attending BC football games, woodworking – making furniture for his children and grandchildren, gardening – always sharing his harvests, and, of course, fishing and crabbing. Michael and Charlotte loved to be on the water together, always involving fishing and crabbing. An annual highlight for Michael and Charlotte, as well as the extended McCarthy and Wolfe families, was an Easter Sunday family reunion, including a legendary Easter egg hunt, that Michael and Charlotte hosted at their home.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles Harold McCarthy, Sr.; sister, Mary Anne McCarthy Aliotta; son, Michael Francis McCarthy, Jr.; son-in-law, Gary Chambers; and great granddaughter Alannah Marie Madera.

He is survived by wife, Charlotte Wolfe McCarthy; two daughters, Julie McCarthy Chambers Pittman and her husband Tommy, Teri McCarthy Goolsby and her husband Scott; four sons, Pat McCarthy and his wife Gail, David McCarthy and his wife Fran, Tim McCarthy and his wife Janet, and Chris McCarthy and his wife Karen; nineteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren with one on the way; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church on Tuesday, October 25 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, with rosary starting at 6:30 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church on Wednesday, October 26 at 10:00 am with burial to follow at Bonaventure Cemetery.

Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital – 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or

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  1. Fleming says:

    Dear Mrs. McCarthy and Family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Mr. McCarthy was a larger than life man and he will be missed deeply. We will keep all of you in our prayers. May he test in peace.
    HM and Michael Fleming

  2. Mark & Lynn Troughton says:

    We are so very sorry for the loss of your father. He was a sweet and kind gentleman. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Mr. McCarthy.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Mark & Lynn

  3. Brian Welch says:

    To Mrs. McCarthy and the McCarthy family: My condolences and prayers to go to each of you over the passing of your husband, father, and grandfather. Seeing your day at Tybee over the many summers as a teenager he was always a picture of a solid rock of man with strong family/Christian values and morals. May you cherish the many memories that you all have, any my prayer is that our Great Lord and Savior bring you peace and comfort in the time ahead.

  4. Lottie Lawrence says:

    I work with Mike McCarthy at Stone Container. I was a hard worker and a super nice man.
    May God comfort that your spirit in Jesus name!

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