Mason honored as a 73-year member

William Bohman “Bo” McCartney, Sr. of Jena was honored by members of Michael Dempsey Masonic Lodge #327 in Jena on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, for being a 73-year member of the Lodge. McCartney will turn 95-years old in December this year.

In 1950, McCartney Oil Company had its beginning as McCartney used one used bulldozer to build drilling locations in the area. He was also employed as a tool pusher for Justiss Oil Company at the time, a job he would continue until he retired in 1973 to devote his full time to his business.

In 1960, the local fuel and lube distributor passed away and at the same time, a new generation of drilling rigs were using diesel as fuel instead of propane. This presented an opportunity that transformed McCartney Oil into the company it is today. The newly formed fuel distributorship was branded Amoco on the fuel side and Amoco and Parade on the lubricants side.

As business progressed and more service stations were buying fuel the need arose to be a full service dealer to those customers. The TBA (tires, batteries, and accessories) was established with the addition of a BF Goodrich dealership.

The business continued to grow through the years and in 1986, McCartney acquired 35-acres on LA 8 west in Jena and the current building was constructed. After his sons joined him in the business, bulk plants in Winnfield, Jonesboro, Jonesville, and Winnsboro were purchased and the company grew and expanded.

Today, the family company is run by Mc-Cartney’s two youngest sons, Joe and Darrel McCartney. It remains an aggressive company that seizes opportunities presented.

W. B. “Bo” McCartney is now completely retired and resides on his ranch located along LA 127 South and Belevue Street in Jena.

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