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Walter Thorpe McCartney Jr.

February 10, 1924March 18, 2020

Walter Thorpe McCartney Jr., 96 of Ocean Isle Beach passed away quietly in his sleep Wednesday, March 18, 2020 after a brief illness at SECU Hospice of Brunswick.

Mr. McCartney, referred to as Dode in his younger years and Mac later in life was born February 10, 1924 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania to Walter Thorpe McCartney Sr. and Bessie Drews McCartney. He was a WWII fighter pilot with the US Army Air Force, stunt pilot, race car driver, executive pilot and entrepreneur. Besides his children, his greatest accomplishment was patent holder of the Variable Wall & Vortex Finder Hydrocyclone Classifier in 1977 which enabled him to found Coal Processing Equipment, Inc. in Uniontown, PA.

He always said he liked to live dangerously & that he did. He was very wise, philosophical, an eternal optimist, always smiling and telling jokes. He will be sorely missed by all those whose lives he touched.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Patricia (Suzie) McCartney of Ocean Isle Beach; children, Walter (Scott) Thorpe McCartney III & wife, Dianne of Marco Island, FL, Vickie Sears & husband, George Dick of Ocean Isle Beach, and Elizabeth (Beth) Glidden & husband, Frank of Greenwood, IN; seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Due to current health concerns, a memorial service will be planned and announced at a later date.

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White Funeral and Cremation Service, Shallotte


  • Due to current health concerns, a memorial service will be planned and announced at a later date.


Walter Thorpe McCartney Jr.

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Tom Nemchik

March 24, 2020

Dear Suzie, Beth, Scotty and Vickie
Please accept my condolences about Mac …

I just want to thank you for opening your home to me from 1974-1979 as a friend of the family and as an employee at Coal Processing. I will always be grateful to Mac for seeing the potential in me that I did not see myself. I’m sorry , I never got back to him to thank him in person , but my family knows what he ( and your family ) meant to me !

We’re going to see him again. He is probably telling jokes to St Peter and telling him how to run heaven better.

“The world’s thy ship and not thy home.” St. Therese of Lisieux

Bill and Patty Snoddy

March 23, 2020

Dear Suzy,
Patty and I just received notice of Mac’s death and want to express our sincere condolences to you and the family. He will always be remembered as a someone who could always make you laugh and was so uplifting to be around. I never heard him say a mean word about anyone.
He was a great pilot and friend to all that knew him. If anyone enjoyed life it was Mac, he made the best of it. You two made a great couple.
We send our love and prayers to you and yours and may he Rest In Peace.

Our deepest sympathy,
Bill and Patty🙏🙏🙏

Jarvis Wise

March 21, 2020

Mac, was a very fun loving man. He made me laugh, evertime i saw him. Our sympathy go out to the family...Sincerely, Jarvis and Angie Wise

Paul Bortz

March 20, 2020

Dear Suzie,
Vicki and I want to send our Thoughts and Prayers to you and your Family on the Passing of Mac! I can't begin to tell you what a Great guy he was! Just knowing him, and being able to be around him was a JOY! He would make you laugh, make you feel like someone special in his life. I have never met such a confidant person, always on a mission to spread laugher and friendship with those around him. He taught my Father how to Fly, and Dad had the greatest respect for him, not only as a pilot, but as a Friend. Vicki and I have spent a number of years knowing you and Mac as wonderful Friends and even though we haven't been close in recent years, you and Mac have always been close at heart. I send my prayers to Mac's children, and letting them know that he held them very close to his heart, and cared so deeply for each and everyone of them.
In closing Suzie, may God watch over you, and give you peace during these trying times, knowing we will ALL see each other again.
Paul & Vicki Bortz
Boynton Beach FL.

Dianne McCartney

March 19, 2020

Dad you were a great man..you will be missed dearly....thanks for always loving Scott and I.....we love you!