The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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March 26, 2014

J.C. McRae, 98, of Mt. Gilead, a WWII Army Veteran, contractor, died March 22, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — James Cefus “J.C.” McRae, 98, of Mt. Gilead, passed away Saturday morning, March 22, 2014, at Stanly Regional Medical Center in Albemarle.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, at Zion United Methodist Church. The Rev. Lee Edwards officiated and interment followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday evening at Edwards Funeral Home in Mt. Gilead.

Mr. McRae was born June 29, 1915, in Montgomery County. He was a son of the late Jim and Maggie Smith McRae.

He had a passion for building and was a building contractor having formerly owned J.C. McRae Company and was especially proud of the many churches he built. He was a WWII Army Veteran and a member of Zion United Methodist Church, and was a former member of the board of Directors of Montgomery Community College and Southern National Bank.

He will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather and a lifelong and highly respected member of the Pee Dee Community of Mt. Gilead. Even in his advanced years he remained active and enjoyed building furniture, writing and entertaining.

He is survived by his children, Stimpson McRae and wife Doris and Teddy McRae and wife Pat, all of Mt. Gilead, Jane McRae Smith and husband Grady of Lumberton and Cefus McRae and wife Beth of Norcross, Ga.; one brother, Finley McRae of Mt. Gilead; seven grandchildren, Lee McRae and wife Alisha, Angela McRae Deaton and husband Jimmy, Wesley McRae, Steven Smith and wife Marcie, Justin McRae, Hanna McRae and Rodney McRae and wife Lanna; six great-grandchildren, Lillie McRae, Amber Atkinson and husband Joe, Ashley Jackson and husband J.C., Kelsey Smith, B.J. Byrd and wife Kendra, Amanda Byrd and Dustin Rodgers; four great-great-grandchildren, Juliana, Riley, Haleigh and Wyatt, and his faithful canine companion, Jonah.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kate; son, Steven; brothers, Phillip, Branson and Michael; and sister, Nettie McRae.

Special Thanks to Mr. McRae’s Four Special Angels, Sharon and Wendy McConnell, Georgette Lilly and Don Thompson.

Memorials may be made to Zion United Methodist Church, PO Box 176, Mt. Gilead, NC 27306.

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