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In loving memory of
Leslee J. McCarty
  • December 04, 1948
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  • June 29, 2022

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Leslee J. McCarty, 73, passed away on June 29, 2022, in The Villages, Florida, where she had been in hospice care. Leslee was the daughter of the late Maggie Harbour McCarty and Harold E. McCarty. Born December 4, 1948 in Huntington, WV  she grew up in Barboursville, and was a 1966 graduate of Barboursville High School. She later received a B.A. degree from Marshall University, and an M.S.W. from West Virginia University. She is survived by a large family of loving cousins and friends.

For twenty years, Leslee ran a popular Bed and Breakfast, The Current, near the Greenbrier River Trail at Beard, WV, where her guests often became her friends. She cooperated with the local animal shelters in fostering innumerable dogs and cats over the years. Her great love for the river and trail spawned the Greenbrier River Watershed Association, one of the many environmental causes to which she was devoted. She worked diligently as a lobbyist for the West Virginia Environmental Council for a number of years, and was a faithful and energetic member of various environmental organizations in the state.

When she began to winter in Florida with her mother, she also grew to love the Chassahowitzka River near Homosassa where she could often be found in her kayak or boat. She loved the manatees in the area and became involved in efforts to protect them. Leslee’s concerns about climate change figured prominently in her efforts. She recently wrote that she would like most to be remembered as “a water protector and a friend to animals.”

Friends wishing to memorialize Leslee may send donations to The Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Save the Manatee Club, West Virginia Environmental Council, or another environmental organization of their choice.


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  1. Josh Polan says:
    13 Jul 2022
    A true daughter and protector of the Greenbrier River.
    Josh and Judy Polan

  2. Tracy Asbury says:
    13 Jul 2022
    Go boldly as always. Your legacy is secure here.
    Love you friend !
    Tracy & Lisa Asbury

  3. Geta Maynard says:
    11 Jul 2022
    Leslie, I only knew you for a few years. Your Mom and my sister, Betty Newman, were best friends. I always enjoyed our get togethers. May you Rest In Peace.

  4. Cheryl Miller says:
    04 Jul 2022
    Leslee we had so many fun years together as children and you were like a sister to me. My heart is broken but I know you are at peace now. Love you and will miss you sweet cousin❤️
    Sherry

  5. Margaret Kerr Beckwith lit a candle:
    03 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 3, 2022 at 7:16:17 PM

  6. Mimi Duncan says:
    02 Jul 2022
    I always knew Leslee was a kindred spirit. She lived her life with purpose, always taking action to protect the causes that were dear to her. Our friendship goes back to our youth, when her parents were friends and mentors to all in her circle, and all her friends felt accepted in their home. The Earth is a better place because of her presence, and I am a better person for having known her.

  7. Dan Edwards says:
    02 Jul 2022
    Leslee was a doer and she accomplished a lot. Her Bed and Breakfast at Beard and the was a wonderful venue. Her work with the Greenbrier River Trail association made a difference. She will be missed.

  8. Mary Moore McLaughlin says:
    02 Jul 2022
    Always fun and fabulous, Leslee you will be missed.

  9. Casey Harbour says:
    01 Jul 2022
    Leslee your commitment to make the world better than you found it will shine for a long time to come. You were a force in this world and I’m proud to call you family. You’ll be missed Cuz ❤️

  10. John David Short says:
    01 Jul 2022
    Time and old friends March on. I knew Leslee in our Marshall years and the moniker “Protector” fits here perfectly. She was fierce in her promotion and protection of Truth, Justice
    And Equally. I often thought I should visit her B and B but sadly couldn’t get it together to do so. May eternity protect you with warm and open arms.

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