Fred Winford McCray

July 3, 1936November 15, 2012

Fred Winford McCray, 76, passed away Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He was born July 3, 1936, in Greenville, son of the late George H. and Julia Almarode McCray. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth L. McCray and Chester R. McCray; loving parents-in-law, Ward L. and Hilda Cohron. Mr. McCray was a life long member of Fishersville United Methodist Church where he held many offices and sang in the choir for over 50 years. He was a member of the Stuarts Draft Fire Department for over 50 years. Fred was an active member of the Telecom Pioneer retirees. He volunteered with meals on wheels, Augusta County Free Clinic and was an Army veteran. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Shirley H. McCray; one daughter, Karla McCray Hallock and husband, Brad, of Frederick, Md.; two grandchildren, Katelyn and Jenna Hallock; one brother, Robert L. McCray and wife, Billie, of Richmond; one sister, Phyllis McCray Robertson of Fishersville; sister-in-law, Myriam G. McCray of Richmond and a number of nieces and nephews. A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, in the Fishersville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Jent officiating. Burial will follow at Augusta Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Vaughn Ashby, Randal Almarode, Gene Kane, Bill Humphries, John Baker and Hugh Baldwin. Honorary pallbearers will be the CBF Sunday School Class, members of the Stuarts Draft Fire Department and FUMC Chancel Choir. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in the Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fishersville United Methodist Church General Fund, 1600 Jefferson Hwy, Fishersville, VA 22939 or the Stuarts Draft Fire Department, P. O. Box 548, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477. Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes of Waynesboro is handling arrangements. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences on line at



  • Visitation Sunday, November 18, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 19, 2012


  • Interment

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Rusty Godfrey

November 29, 2012


Even though we haven't seen much of each other in recent years, you and Fred are always on our minds and we always look forward to visiting family in the "Draft". We know that Fred is in a much better place now and smiling down on us all. Not saying much, but definitely smiling.


Rusty, Sharon, Analise, Tara and Kierstin

Fred McCray

November 27, 2012

Dear Shirley & family,

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your husband.

Elaine Kucs

TG & Ginger Mace

November 19, 2012

Dear Shirley, Karla and family,
Please know that we are so sorry about Fred. He was such a wonderful person. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending our love to you.
Ginger, TG and Angie

Stefanie Corbitt

November 19, 2012

Ms. Shirley, Karla, Brad, Katy & Jenna, may you find comfort knowing that your friends are thinking about you and praying for your comfort.

November 19, 2012

Karla and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Robin Jones (Frederick, MD)

Simon Kinsinger

November 19, 2012

So sorry to hear about the passing of my longtime friend and former firefighter Fred McCray!He was the best!I have many good memories of Fred,and To the family You have my deepest sympathies,may God be with you thru this diffiult time!

November 19, 2012

Dear Shirley and family, I was so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. I know you have wonderful memories of your time together which is a blessing. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers.
Carol Humphreys (Staunton, VA)

Vecera Family

November 19, 2012

Karla, Brad, Katy, Jenna. We are thinking of all you and praying for your family during this time of mourning. Please accept our deepest condolences.

Bob & Judy Green

November 19, 2012

Shiley & Family - We're sorry to hear of your loss. I so enjoyed working with Fred in the Fire Dept. Our deepest sympathy.

Ada and Charles Henkel

November 18, 2012

Shirley and Family: You have our deepest sympathy during these difficult times. You are in our prayers and thoughts.