Michael McCRAY

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Michael James McCray

LINCOLN, IL - Michael James McCray, 66, passed away July 1, 2014, at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning, Calif.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home in Lincoln. Funeral services will be at 12 noon also at the funeral home with pastor, Robert Clark, officiating. Burial will follow in Carlyle Cemetery, Lake Fork, Ill., with full military detail provided by the American Legion Post 263.

Michael was born Aug. 27, 1947, the son of Robert Rodger and Glennys E. (Jackson) McCray. He attended high school in Pekin, Ill. He joined the U.S. Army in 1966 and served two combat tours of duty with the 9th Infantry Division in the Vietnam War. He later went to Korea, Germany, and Hawaii where he was honorably discharged in 1972. Earlier in life, he worked at Caterpillar in East Peoria, PPG Bottling Plant and at Myers Industries in Lincoln. He was a carpenter by trade working construction in Texas and California. He retired as a small business owner (McCray's Appliance Repair and McCray's Tavern). He loved Nascar, playing darts, bowling, and golf.

He is survived by four sons, Mike McCray (Shelly) in Fresno, Calif., Robert McCray in Beaumont, Calif., William McCray (Jessica) in Lincoln, and Matthew McCray (Misty) in Kingston, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren; and his brother, Bruce McCray (Linda) of Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Larry McCray, and his wife, Marilyn.

Memorials may be made to the McCray family and will be accepted at the funeral home.


Published in The Lincoln Courier from July 16 to July 17, 2014
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