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Eugene McCray, Jr.

Eugene McCray, Jr., 83, died peacefully at home in Chandler, Arizona on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Eugene was born in Indianola, MS and raised in Greenville, Mississippi. He will be fondly remembered by his children, Sandra Boyd, Reginald McCray, Cedric (Angela) McCray and Adriane (Norman) Jones. He is survived by a brother, Carl (Jeri) McCray, a sister, Dorothy Fort, along with grandchildren, nieces & nephews (notably Carol and Ralph), cousins (notably) Faye (Palmer) Linton, and a long-time, special friend, Connie Bowman. Eugene was predeceased by his mother, Rena B. (Green) Harper, father, Eugene McCray, Sr., and a brother, Johnnie McCray.

Eugene graduated high school from Coleman High School, Greenville, MS in 1954, and served in the US Army (1954-1956) prior to graduating from Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS in 1960. He received a post graduate (Masters) degree from Delta State University, Cleveland, MS.

He was a dedicated educator and taught at both Coleman High School and T.L. Weston, Greenville, MS. He eventually retired from his teaching career in 1988 as an Associate Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, MS.

Eugene was a member of New Hope First Baptist Church, Greenville, MS.

A memorial service followed by interment will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, Washington at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2019. Remembrances or donations in lieu of flowers can be sent in Eugene’s name to The Parkinson’s Foundation or the Michael J. Fox Foundation.


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  • Heidi E Posted March 12, 2019 2:41 PM

    Today, I learned that your family is mourning the loss of your beloved Eugene. Please accept my condolences and be assured that almighty God is certainly aware of your painful feelings. May God comfort and sustain you to get through this day and others to come (Isa 41:13). Wishing your family all the best at this most difficult period. For more comfort from our heavenly Father, please visit

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