John McCray

December 12, 2013
John McCray

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On December 12, 2013 John Henry McCray, 73, departed this life peacefully at home near Lightfoot, after a long illness.

John was born in Richmond, March 14, 1940 to the late Bernard Winn McCray and Harriet Hildreth Scott McCray. He attended St. Christopher’s School and served in the US Army for three years at Fort Bragg and in Heidleburg, Germany. He graduated from The University of Virginia in 1966. He worked for Price Waterhouse in Washington DC and Winston Salem, NC. He went on to teach at the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Georgia where he received his PhD. Mr. McCray retired as an accounting professor from The College of William and Mary after 24 years.

John attended Hickory Neck Episcopal Church for many years, briefly serving on the vestry. He was an Eagle Scout and loved helping people, as well as sailing.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 51 years Jennie Ruth Smith McCray; his two daughters Hildreth Lee McCray; and Jennie Ruth McCray, husband Kevin S. Mason and granddaughter Sydney McCray Mason. He is survived by his brother Bernard Winn McCray (Eve); his sister Hildreth Davis McCray Wheeler (Gordon); a niece, a nephew; 5 great nieces and nephews and one great-great niece. He was preceded in death by his brothers, George Cole Scott McCray, and Johnís twin, Lanier Dunn McCray. The family would like to extend a special thanks to his devoted caregivers; Crystal, Tony, Jerry, Nancy and Debbie among others and the Sentara nursing staff.

A memorial service will be held at Hickory Neck Episcopal Church Saturday, December 21, 2013, at 11:00 a.m.


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  • December 20, 2013
    Russell C. Scott says:
    Anne and I send our deepest sympathies to John Henry's family. John and I were second cousins.

  • December 21, 2013
    Randy and Joy Tanner says:
    God's Peace and understanding during this time of mourning. John was always such a kind and loving person and we will remember how he embraced our family when we first came to Hickory Neck Church. Our deepest sympathy.

  • December 20, 2013
    Donna McWilliams Orr says:
    To the family of Dr. McCray: You have my deepest sympathies. My prayers are with you. He taught me Cost Accounting as a wide-eyed Junior at W&M in 1985, and I fondly remember his smile, laughter and exuberance. He touched many lives and one of them was mine. May your find peace in the days ahead. Donna (McWilliams) Orr W&M Class of 1987

  • June 07, 2022
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