Walter E. McCray Jr., community person

February 22, 2021

Walter E. McCray Jr., 76, affectionately known as “Biddy” to many family members and friends, was born June 3, 1944, in Dagsboro to the late Walter E. McCray Sr. and Viola Robbins McCray.  He departed this life Feb. 14, 2021, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes.

Walter attended Jason High School in Georgetown. He pursued a career as a professional truck driver for over 44 years, driving for Townsend of Millsboro, and Fox of Easton, Md. He retired in 2011 for a short period of time and went back driving for Fox part-time. He attended Frankford Church of Christ in Frankford.

Walter was known for being a big community person, from volunteering at the church to helping family and friends work on their cars or homes with both big and small projects. He owned and liked to work on classic trucks and cars. But one of his most cherished pasttimes was shooting pool with anyone who could hold a stick and play the game. He considered himself both a master and student of the game. But most people didn’t know him for his pool game it was for his infectious smile and great sense of humor.

Walter was united in marriage to Ruth West McCray June 18, 1966, and from that union they have three children.  He was preceded in death by brothers Tyrone McCray and George McCray; sister-in-law Mary McCray; brother-in-law Jerome Beckett; and father-in-law Russell West Sr.

He leaves to cherish his memories: wife Ruth McCray of Frankford; daughter Tina (William) Bethards of Virginia; sons Walter (Jeanette) McCray of Frankford, and Erwin (Charlene) McCray of Bridgeville; four grandchildren Shana Dukes, Vincent Turner, Charlie Makoa Sr. and Jordan McCray Sr.; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters and a brother: Charlotte (Richard) Barnett of Newark, Lucy Beckett of Millsboro, and William (Reba) McCray of Frankford; mother-in-law Frances West of Selbyville; brothers and sisters-in-law: Rudolph (Jennie) West of Fenwick Island, Ralph West of Selbyville, Leon (Janet) West of Newark, Russell West of Selbyville, James West of Seaford, Oliver (Lizzie) West of Harbeson, Chester West of Harbeson, Lola (Gerald) Winder of Newark, and Yvonne (Anthony) Sturgis of Dagsboro; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends. 

A funeral service will be held at noon, Saturday, Feb. 27, at St. John 2nd Baptist Church, 26602 Mount Joy Road, Millsboro, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon for viewing and visitation.  Interment will follow at the Antioch A.M.E. Church Cemetery in Frankford.

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