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George Harvey McCray

August 25, 1952 - January 5, 2022

George Harvey McCray passed away January 5, 2022 surrounded by family at his residence in Lynchburg, Virginia after a long and brave battle with cancer. George was born in Amherst, Virginia on August 25, 1952, a son of the late James H. and Mildred L. McCray.

George spent his adult life in Lynchburg. As a young man, he loved riding motorcycles and had a passion for fixing any make and model car, no matter the problem. He enjoyed bowling and playing pool. From immaculate yard work to precise painting, George was a jack of all trades.

George worked several years at the Lynchburg Foundry, Goode Battery, and Bat Masonry. George served as a helping hand at both Jackson Street United Methodist Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church. He loved being with his family and friends; and will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and witty stories.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his devoted wife, JoAnn Harris McCray; four brothers Charles, Freddie, James, and Lester McCray; and two sisters Virginia Dempsey and Irene McCray.

George leaves to mourn but cherish his loving spirit: his daughters born of his marriage, Danielle and Diane McCray of Virginia; son Derrick Franklin of Maryland; daughters Demetrius Wright and Sandra (Robert) White of Virginia; stepson Derrick (Myline) Harris Sr. of Virginia; Tara (Kenny) Morgan who he raised as his own; three devoted grandsons, Darrian, Demonté, and Aydán of Virginia; four brothers, Andrew of Virginia, Richard (Robin) of North Carolina; Arthur (Harriet) of Pennsylvania, and Henry Lee of Georgia; four sisters, Barbara McCray of Virginia, Linda (Warren) Parks of North Carolina, Shirley Bailey and Bessie (Bernard) Johnson of Pennsylvania; and a host of grandchildren, a great grandson, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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A celebration of George's life will be held on Monday, January 10, 2022, at 1 p.m. at the Prayer Faith Temple, 3100 Hill Street Lynchburg, VA 24501. Visitation for Family and Friends will be held Sunday, January 9, 2022, from 5-7 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home.

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Gorge was a wonderful and beloved child, man, and cousin. We had so much fun together as children living next door to each other. We were divided by time , space, and circumstances; When I heard this sad but glorious news today my heart was saddened because I know how much joy he brought to those who new him. Family it’s a terrible loss for us but a wonderful gain in Heaven. With deepest regrets (cousin) Ronald Lee Thompson.

Posted by Ron Thompson on January 9, 2022

To the McCray Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. We pray for strength and comfort. God Bless,

Posted by James & Tammy McCray on January 9, 2022

Dear McCray and Harris Family, You have my deepest heartfelt condolences on the demise of your beloved,, George McCray. The Comforter is present through family and friends. May your precious memories and GOD'S Radiant Grace remains with Y'all always. With Deepest Sympathy, Love & Blessings. Emma Jean & Family.

Posted by Emma Christian Barbour on January 8, 2022

My heartfelt condolences to the McCray family you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Angela Loving on January 8, 2022

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