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Bill Don McCarthy

Elder Bill Don McCarthy was born March 7, 1934 in El Reno, Oklahoma. Parents were Helen Underwood and Clarence McCarthy. He was raised by loving Grandparents, Dan P. and Belle Underwood. For these past many years, Elder McCarthy had bravely waged a cancer battle, which originated with colon cancer in 2013. His faith never waved and truly, this servant of the Lord praised his Savior while he had breath. What a blessing to know that he has been freed from his suffering, to have entered Heaven’s immortal glory the eternal joys he so looked forward to. May the Lord bless his precious companion of over 60 years, Sis. Sue McCarthy.

Bro. Bill was ordained to the ministry on March 30, 1969 at Bethlehem Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was ordained with Elder Allan L. West, an uncle by marriage. Elder McCarthy joined Bethlehem Church in 1962 and was baptized by Elder Oba M. Cummings, his beloved Pastor and Father in the Ministry.

From a young child, he studied the Bible, searching for a Church that taught Scriptural truth, attending numerous churches and never being satisfied. Elder McCarthy had not heard of the Primitive Baptists until he began dating his wife. He attended services with her for a number of years before admitting to himself that here with this small band of people was the truth he had long sought.

He married Sue Newman in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 2, 1955, daughter of J.R. and Lona West Newman. They were blessed to have three children. Sons: Mitchell K. McCarthy and Elder Randy K. McCarthy; and Daughter: Pamela K. Roberts.

Elder McCarthy served the Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for over 30 years where his son Elder Randy McCarthy currently serves. He also pastored Bethesda Primitive Baptist Church at Mt. View, Oklahoma and Arlington Primitive Baptist Church, Arlington, Texas.

Elder McCarthy (and both of his sons) made a living as a Patent Attorney and he has had the privilege of practicing intellectual property law with both sons. Elder McCarthy was a licensed Professional Engineer and worked in the engineering profession for a number of years before obtaining his law degree. He served as an officer and director in professional organizations, both engineering and law related, on state and national levels. He taught intellectual property law at Oklahoma City University Law School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he and his sons obtained their legal education.

Elder McCarthy’s granddaughter Sis. Rebecca (Winchester) George related the following verse of scripture as one of her grandfathers favorites:

“…But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” - Isaiah 40:31


"....Bill went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the age of 82. He was born in El Reno, Oklahoma on March 7, 1934. He later moved to Oklahoma City where he met the love of his life, Sue Newman, on his 18th birthday.

After Bill and Sue graduated from Capitol Hill High School in 1952, Bill attended the University of Oklahoma where he was active in the United States Air Force ROTC, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and later earning his Masters. In 1955, Bill and Sue were married and then enjoyed nearly 62 years of marriage together. He worked for Mobil Oil Company and then served in the USAF until 1960, stationed at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. After a decade at Western Electric Company,

Bill earned his law degree from Oklahoma City University in 1973 and practiced intellectual property law in the OKC area for more than 44 years. In 1969, Bill was ordained into the ministry and faithfully served churches in Oklahoma City, Mountain View, Oklahoma, and Arlington, Texas.

He served most of those 48 years as pastor of the Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Bill was reared by his grandparents, Dan and Belle Underwood.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, his sister Maxine Underwood, and his brother Melvin Kenney. Bill is survived by his wife, his son Mick McCarthy, his son Randy and wife Johnna McCarthy, and his daughter Pam and husband Greg Roberts. Bill loved spending time with his grandchildren Jade and husband Gavin Caldwell, Jenna and husband Ryan Anderson, Carolyn and husband Brett Baker, James and wife Emily Winchester, Rebecca and husband Stephen George, Emily and husband Zach Rogan, Katie McCarthy, and Kevin McCarthy; and three great-grandchildren Grace and Ethan Caldwell, and Leighton Baker. He also leaves behind his brother Bob McCarthy, as well as many nieces, nephews, cherished friends and loved ones who will miss him dearly. Bill will be remembered and cherished as a loving family man, pastor, mentor, and faithful servant of God".

larry heldman  

Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)
Elder James Compton was the original founder of the 'Gospel of Grace Tape Supply.' His collection of tapes began as he traveled to Church meetings and Associations recording sermons on Reel to Reel. He has maintained this library of sermons faithfully over the years and are now the foundation of PB Sermons. org. This web site is dedicated to Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)