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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.



  • 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

  • Vernon White Posted April 13, 2019 6:11 AM

    You are truly missed. Thank God for your presence in my life. Coach forever.

  • Marcia Howell and Family Posted April 13, 2019 6:29 AM

    RIH Eugene McCray…From The Howell Family of Greenville Ms

  • Ellen E. Quinn Posted April 13, 2019 6:45 AM

    My condolences and prayers go out to the family. May God give you strength and comfort during this sad time.

  • Denise JENKINS & The Jenkins Family Posted April 13, 2019 8:16 AM

    Prayers and condolences to Coach McCrays’ family and friends. He impacted many lives and will be remembered. May God grant you peace that surpasses all understanding.

  • Lisa/Nikisha Ross-Hollandale, MS Posted April 13, 2019 9:09 AM

    My sister and I are sending condolences to you, Adriane, Cedric and Reggie. Continued prayers for your family.

  • Gregory Moore Posted April 13, 2019 12:31 PM

    RIP Coach..Prayers and condolences to the family.

  • Valerie Morris Posted April 13, 2019 1:34 PM

    May God grant you His gtest peace: is my prayer for your family.

  • Rosa Hemphill Posted April 13, 2019 2:04 PM

    RIP Coach McCray, you will be greatly missed by all who knew you. A kind spirit, my condolences to your family.

  • Carrie Triplett Posted April 13, 2019 5:55 PM

    I am truly sorry for your loss. Your father will be missed and he will never be forgotten, may his soul rest in peace. (RIP)

  • Jake Henry Posted April 13, 2019 6:14 PM

    Coach u will never be made ur mark among so many people young &old job well done my friend.

  • Carolyn Neal Lumpkin Posted April 15, 2019 7:37 AM

    Thank you, Coach McCray, for all that you did to help the children. May you RIH.

  • Mary McPherson Nelson Posted April 15, 2019 8:07 AM

    My sincere condolences to the family. Coach rest in heavenly peace.

  • Eddie Mae Springfield Posted April 15, 2019 11:29 AM

    Please accept my sincere condolences. Mr. McCray was a true gentleman. He walked in boldness with honesty and integrity.

  • Maxcine Chambers Posted April 16, 2019 3:00 PM

    Condolecences to the family. May God bless and keep you in his care.

  • Earnestine Wyatt Posted April 16, 2019 10:12 PM

    Thanks Coach for your impact on the Greenville, MS surrounding area and touching so many lives. You will be truly missed. Prayers and condolences to the family.

  • Donna Smith Frizell Posted July 18, 2019 9:56 AM

    Coach McCray was a good man and mentor to all of us at ‘The Valley’. Truly love and truly missed.

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