|Birth: ||Apr. 16, 1930|
|Death: ||Sep. 2, 2010|
Arizona Birth Certificate
The White Mountain Independent,
Show Low, Arizona
William Lawrence "Bill" McCray died Sept. 2, 2010. His last few minutes of life here on this earth were spent in the Odyssey Health Care in Mesa with his family, Melody, Tanya, Henry and Kyle singing primary songs to him.
As the tears ran slowly down his cheeks, he was probably thinking when he was just four years old he was diagnosed as having Perthys (a malfunction of the hip bone). He then was sent to The Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Farr took him there as mother and father were unable to make the trip. He spent three years there; what a traumatic experience for a little boy, with no family to be of comfort.
Bill was born April 16, 1930, in St. Johns, to Dexter Lee and Euphemia (Berry) McCray. After his schooling years, he went to work with his dad near Show Low running a saw mill. He served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. He spent two years as a telephone lineman, which entailed various jobs installing, uninstalling and repairing the US Army's communication system.
He was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bill served a full term mission in the Gulf States area for the LDS Church. He held different positions in the Church. He became a great scriptorian, Kathy and Kay "thought so."
Some of Bill's favorite things along the way in his life were raising cattle, farming, telling stories, traveling, and the love of his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids singing "Wee Y Woe" at the McCray family reunions. He enjoyed discussions with his brothers about well drilling, who was the best welder of the McCray boys, and the hunting trips with Dad and the brothers.
Bill married Lula Velma (Bea) Temple Feb. 14, 1966, in Springville, Utah; they returned to St. Johns and lived there the remainder of their lives.
"Bill, we know you are happy in the "Great Beyond." Thank you for being "Pops", a brother, uncle, and a friend. All the memories we shared will always be "Remember me, I'll be remembering you." We love you and miss "ya all.""
He is survived by daughters: Melody (Dennis) Capps and Tanya (Henry) Cohen, both of St. Johns; brothers: Terry (Sarah) McCray of Taylor, Phillip (Gloria) McCray of Lakeside, Douglas (Ginger) McCray of Show Low; sisters Colleen McCray of Snowflake, Anna (Bill) Prentice and Kay (Jimmy) Leverton of St. Johns, Correne (Elmer) Magee of Taylor, Kathy (Neal, Dec.) Reidhead of Nutrioso; sister-in-law Barbara McCray of Shumway; 18 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Bea, sons Randy Kennard and Dennis Kennard, brother Lee (Jean) McCray, Quentin (Hazel) McCray, R. Kelly McCray, Deaton (Nancy) McCray, W.G. "Babe" McCray, two sisters Sibyl (Delbert) Plumb and Lorna (Jake) Scarbrough.
Funeral services was held Sept. 11, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of St. Johns. Interment was at the St. Johns Westside Cemetery.
Burnham Mortuary of St. Johns handled arrangements.
Dexter Lee McCray (1895 - 1968)
Euphemia Berry McCray (1898 - 1978)
Lula Velma Temple McCray (1924 - 1995)
Dexter Lee McCray (1919 - 1997)*
Thomas Quenten McCray (1920 - 2005)*
Lorna McCray Scarbrough (1923 - 2008)*
Richard Kelly McCray (1924 - 1926)*
Anna McCray Prentice (1928 - 2013)*
William Lawrence McCray (1930 - 2010)
Wendel Douglas McCray (1942 - 2013)*
Saint Johns Cemetery
Plot: Blk #28 Section #1 Plot #3
Created by: Sharla
Record added: Oct 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59750912