Billy Ray McCray
February 2, 1932 – January 9, 2019
Bill McCray passed away peacefully at his home the evening of January 9, 2019. He was 86 years old. Bill was born in Hereford, MO on February 2, 1932 to Joe B. McCray (1912-1989) and Martha Sebastian McCray (1914-2014). Bill married Jo Ann Holmes McCray on July 11, 1953.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years Jo Ann; two sons Dan McCray (Judy Routt) of Columbia, Mark McCray (Astrid von Ehren) of Austin, Texas, and four grandchildren; Chris McCray of Columbia, Mo; Erin McCray of Washington, D.C. Megan McCray of Dallas, Texas, and Blake McCray of Austin, Texas; one sister Loretta Cleveland of Fulton, MO; Sister in law Dolores Holmes McCray of Columbia, MO; brothers in law Clifford Holmes of Columbia, MO and Dennis Holmes of Lexington, KY .
Bill proudly served in the US Army as Corporal (Reserve 1951 – 1954); and in Korea as a Specialist 5 (Active duty 1954-1955) and was honorably discharged in 1959. Bill graduated from Fulton High School in 1951 and the University of Missouri on June 6, 1958 with a BS in Agriculture. He founded McCray Builders in 1958, a home building and construction company that recently celebrated its 60th year of continuous operation. Bill was past President of the Columbia Home Builders Association and past Secretary of the Home Builders Association of Missouri. Bill was an avid sportsman and conservationist. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and being outdoors, competing in bass tournaments around the region, and competing in the Missouri State Senior Games medaling in sporting clays numerous years. He enjoyed his time in retirement with many hobbies and visiting friends and family in central Missouri and in Englewood, FL where he and Jo Ann spent the winter months. Bill had a positive impact on the development of Columbia and touched so many people in the community through his professional life, willingness to help people, and many life-long personal friendships.
A visitation will take place 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Memorial Funeral Home with funeral services to follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial, with full military honors will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial Donations in honor of Bill McCray may be made to: Central Missouri Honor Flight, 1400 Forum Blvd., Ste. 7-A, Box 334 Columbia, MO 65203, http://centralmissourihonorflight.com/donate/ Or a charity of your choice.
- He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years Jo Ann; two sons Dan McCray (Judy Routt) of Columbia, Mark McCray (Astrid von Ehren) of Austin, Texas, and four grandchildren; Chris McCray of Columbia, Mo; Erin McCray of Washington, D.C. Megan McCray of Dallas, Texas, and Blake McCray of Austin, Texas; one sister Loretta Cleveland of Fulton, MO; Sister in law Dolores Holmes McCray of Columbia, MO; brothers in law Clifford Holmes of Columbia, MO and Dennis Holmes of Lexington, KY.
- Christopher McCray
- Blake McCray
- Erin McCray
- John Oestreich
- Megan McCray
- Ron McCray
- Scott Oestreich
- Steve McCray
- Cheryl Richterkessing, Honorary
- Bill Persinger, Honorary
- Don Mosby, Honorary
- Eddie Barnes, Honorary
- Jim McCray, Honorary
- Les Loyd, Honorary
- Lonnie Bailey, Honorary
- Central Missouri Honor Flight
- Visitation Tuesday, January 15, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Billy Ray McCray
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January 14, 2019
Bill was one of the first people to welcome me to Columbia in 1992 when I become the Manager of Cedar Creek Rod and Gun Club. We quickly became friends and allies. Bill always supported my endeavors and with his "wit", counseled me when I was screwing up!
The loss of Bill to this community cannot be measured or overstated.
My and my families thoughts and prayers are with the family and his many friends.
Mary Jennie Bodard
January 13, 2019
Bill was a good friend to my father, Jack Bodard. He offered great wisdom and experience to my dad in numerous building projects. Bill was always generous with his help and dad always thought so much of him. He had a great sense of humor and made all around him laugh so easily. He will be missed.
My sincere condolences to the entire family.
January 12, 2019
Fond memories of Bill coming to Iowa and hunting with the Augustine family. Bill and JoAnn always held a special place in my parents lives. Mother Martha, too. An Army beginning in Korea rooted for life by shared Midwestern values and respect, sharing common interests in the outdoors and family. He will be missed by many.
January 11, 2019
I moved to Columbia in 1983 Bill was one of the first people I met. He always very pleasant , well most of the time. He welcome me with open arms and always treated me as a friend. To me he was the best and I will miss him