Obituary – Janice Spradley McCarthy

Published 5:52 pm Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Janice Spradley McCarthy died Monday, March 11, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi in Oxford. A service will be held in Chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford, Mississippi, on Friday, March 15, 2019, at 11 a.m. with Father Joe Tonos officiating.  Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 9:30 a.m. A reception will immediately follow the service in West Hall at Waller Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.


Born in Austin, Texas to the late Ernest W. and Josephine A. Martin Spradley, Mrs. McCarthy graduated from the University of North Texas with a Master’s Degree in English. She taught school for 15 years and was also a homemaker. While in college she joined Zeta Tau Alpha sorority which became a lifelong passion and commitment. Among the many honors and positions held in ZTA at the national and local level, she was proudest of being a mentor to ZTA young collegians. They remember her fondly as a role model and a source of inspiration in her love and dedication to ZTA. May she forever wear the ZTA Crown!

Email newsletter signup


As a proud fifth generation Texan, Janice was a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and Daughters of the American Revolution. Janice also was involved in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure as co-chairman.


Janice is survived by her husband of fifty one years, John McCarthy of Oxford; sons Mark McCarthy (Danielle) and Michael McCarthy (Sara) of Houston, Texas; sisters Jane Spradley Haley (Jim) of Bastrop, Texas, and Susan Spradley Bell (Steve) of Houston, and nieces and nephews Vanessa (Paul) Lohr of Austin, Texas, Andrew (Stephanie) Haley of Houston, Lauren (Kyle) Czirr of Jersey City, New Jersey, and Caroline (Michael) Clifton of New York City, New York.

Contributions in Janice Spradley McCarthy’s memory may be made to Baptist Hospice Care (662-578-8402) or Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation (317-872-0540).


For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, please visit our website at or call 662-234-7971.