John William Carey

August 5, 1918April 24, 2013

John William Carey passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, with family present. He was 94 years old. Mr. Carey was preceded in death by his parents, Timothy and Mary Carey; sister, Bernice King; and daughter, Sharon Carey McDonald. Survivors include his wife, Gwendolyn Coan McDonald; his son- in-law, Michael G. (surviving spouse of Sharon Carey) McDonald; two grandsons, Michael D. McDonald (Jessica Eckles) and John M. (Rachel Hines) McDonald; and two great grandchildren, Spencer J. McDonald and Lillian C. McDonald. John Carey attended grammar school at the Cathedral School for boys from 1924-1937. In 1937, he graduated from the McGill Institute, where he participated in football, baseball, and was captain of the basketball team. Mr. Carey remained an avid sports fan, and a passionate fan of the Braves, Saints, and Auburn Tigers. Mr. Carey joined the army on October 23, 1941 in Fort McClellan, AL serving until an honorable discharge on September 25, 1945 in Fort McPherson in Atlanta, GA. He served with the 82nd and 17th Airborne Division, 507th Parachute Glider Infantry. He fought in four major campaigns in Europe; Normandy, Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge), Rhineland (Over the Rhine), and Campaign Germany. Corporal John Carey was awarded the Bronze Star by President George H. Bush along with the award for Good Conflict, Normandy, and Combat Infantry Medal. He worked for Ideal Cement Company (Holcim) for 35 years as a sales representative, retiring December, 1982. Mr. Carey was also a member of several Mystic Societies, the St Lukes Episcopal Church Men’s Club, Galvez Hall of Fame, and a charter member of Mobile Athletics (Green’s Hornets). His family was proud when John was privileged to be on the third Honor Flight from South Alabama to Washington D.C. in May, 2010. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from St. Dominic Catholic Church on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend James J. Cink as celebrant. Visitation will precede the service on Monday, April 29, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with the rosary at 10:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church. Interment will be in Mobile Memorial Gardens with full military honors. Honorary pallbearers are Frank Mitternight, Dodd Ozment, Frank Barter, Pierre Grethen, Larry McCombs, Mike Rabbiete, David Emerson, Sidney W. Coan III, John Coan, Eddie Odom, Tom Sawyer, Bill Breamer, and Sam Fisher. Active pallbearers are Jimmie McDonald, Billy Tomberlin, Kyle Mitternight, Anthony Vella, C.U. Allenbach, Jeff Clayton, Jacob Godwin, and David Harbaugh. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Carey McDonald Scholarship Fund at 1501 Old Shell Rd., Mobile, AL 36604, St. Dominic Catholic Church, or a charity of your choice. “Papa Jack”, as some would say, in our hearts you will always stay, loved and remembered every day.


  • Visitation Monday, April 29, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, April 29, 2013

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Bonnie Powers

April 30, 2013

Miss Gwen,
I feel so,so, blessed knowing Mr. Carey. We loved hearing his war stories, and talking about his shillelagh and Glen Miller music! Heaven has a very special and honorable man and we feel so blessed and honored to have known him. I can still see him sitting in the front pews greeting me after taking communion. You are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. Bonnie, Piper, and Ken Powers

Ron and Beverly Rossini

April 29, 2013

It was a joy and an honor to know John and call him our friend. Peace to you and the family Gwen.

April 29, 2013

Gwen, Michael, Family & Friends:
Susan and I send our sincere condolences for your loss.
As you experience this loss of such a special man, may God bless you all with comfort in the recollection of the good life which John William Carey lived. He was a good man and I am sure a wonderful spouse, father and grandfather. I thank God for having known him as a professional man, as an associate in the construction industry and as a friend.
May he rest in Peace. May his soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God rest in Peace.
Robert & Susan Dorgan, 4/29/2013

To John we say:

May Angels lead you into paradise;
may the Martyrs receive you at your coming
and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem.
May a choir of Angels receive you,
and with Lazarun, who once was poor, may you have eternal rest.”

April 29, 2013

With deepest sympathy. God Bless you and family. You are in my Prayers.
Octavia Long

Robert Nichols

April 28, 2013

You will never find another man like him! John always referred to himself as "the altar boy". We laughed together and he shared so much of himself and Gwen in his stories. He was a rare treat and a prince of a fellow. When I see him again I'm going to ask if that story about the Battlehouse is really true. Peace to all of you his family. Gwen, I will be in touch soon even though I cannot be there for the funeral. Peace, Rob+

Keith Barrett

April 28, 2013

Sorry to hear of your loss. So thankful you had him so many years. May the Lord be your comfort. Treasure the memories.
Loving Jesus, Aninha and Keith

Rusty & Mady Allman

April 28, 2013

Gwen & family,
Mady & I send our sincere condolences from St. Louis over John's death. He was a true Christian gentleman who has been our admired heroe of for many years. Real sorry that we can't be back for funeral services.May God rest his soul & W D E !

Betty Ruth Speir

April 27, 2013

Gwen, please know that you are in my thoughts and, Betty Ruth

Vicki Powers

April 27, 2013

How blessed I am to have had the privilege and honor of knowing and loving Mr. John. He was truly a delightful and caring veteran who will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you Mrs Gwen for the wonderful love and care you provided to Mr. John. "Trouble" isn't usually welcomed in one's life, but I will always delightfully remember and cherish my "special trouble". My love, prayers, and sympathy to you and the family.

April 27, 2013

You are in my thoughts and prayers as you experience the loss of a good man.I enjoyed my contacts with you through the years and regret that I will not be with you for the Wake/Mass. Sr. Mary RobertChing, RSM