LOAMI - George McCray, 75, a life-long resident of Loami, died on Saturday, February 19, 2011, at 12:53pm at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
George was born September 25, 1935 to Fred James McCray and Lerna Lee Rowden McCray in Loami. He married Mary Annette Fahrenbocker on June 1, 1957.
After 18 years of service, George retired from Coca Cola. He operated the Shell Station in Loami for 18 years. He was a charter member and served as a volunteer fireman for Loami for many years. He often commented that he was happiest working even if it included long hours. He had a great work ethic, and helped everyone. As an avid trap shooter, he was a member of the American Trapshooting Association and Jacksonville Sportsman's Club. He and his life-long friends were known as the "Loami Mafia" because of their loyalty to each other and the numerous awards they won. They enjoyed the camaraderie through fast-pitch softball, dirt bike racing and other sports. Mr. McCray loved the outdoors, especially the mountains in Colorado, which he often visited with his family.
George is survived by his wife, Mary Annette of Loami; his daughters Georgia Rhnea "Punkie" McCray (husband Ralph Bush) and Angelique Rae Ann McCray-Kenaston (husband Troy Kenaston); grandson (his Little Dude) Tyler McCray Kenaston; brothers Edward "Ed" (Evelyn) McCray of Loami, Paul "Pete" (Mary) McCray of Gainesville, MO; sisters Rosemary (Ken) Locker and Carmen McCray Sporrer both of Parachute, CO; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his 5 year old daughter Michelle Annette, sisters Wanda McCray, Florence McCray, Colleen Cloyd, Dorothy "Dolly" Mudd, Doris Spoor, Wilma Stevens, and brothers Joseph and James McCray.
Cremation Services of Central Illinois, Chatham will conduct cremation rites before the services.
His family will greet friends at his remembrance reception from 5-6:30 p.m., Friday, February 25, at Sangamon Prairie Reception Center, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham.
Sharing of Memories by his family and friends at 6:30PM on Friday
Memorials may be made to Loami Fire Department, 101 S. Main St., Loami, IL 62661.
Staab Polk Memorial Home, Chatham, is serving the McCray family.
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