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Charles R. McCray

Charles “Chuck” McCray went to be with the Lord on August 3, 2020.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Laura (McCray) Swabsin; wife, Evelyn A. McCray; and daughter, Lorena M. McCray.  He is survived by his daughter, Dana Thompson (Tim) of Hiawassee, GA; son, Ronald McCray (Carol) of Lansing, NY; son, Kenneth McCray of Lansing, NY; son, Michael McCray (Rhonda) of Spencer, NY; grandson, Phillip Ayres of Blairsville, GA; granddaughter, Charlene Garrett (Kevin) of Andrews, NC; granddaughter, Margaret White (Dwayne) of Andrews, NC; grandson, Shaun McCray (Janice) of Fulton, NY; grandson, Robert McCray (Kayla) of Newfield, NY; fourteen great-grandchildren; brother, Gerald McCray (Lois) of Blairsville, GA; and sister, Janice French (Fred) of Newfield, NY.

Charles was born in Chesterfield, NY, and moved to Port Henry as a child where he graduated from high school.  He met the love of his life, Evelyn, and married her on October 28, 1956.  They were together until her passing in 2005, and now are together again.

Charles moved his family to Lansing, NY, in 1968, where he resided until his passing.

He had a variety of jobs in many fields, including the logging industry and the machinist and aerospace industry, until he started at Cargill Salt in Lansing, where he worked for 32 years until his retirement.  While at Cargill, he held various positions, working his way to foreman.  His biggest achievement was Mine Rescue; he loved being a part of it and taking his team around the country to compete.  He was so proud of leading his team and the wins they accomplished.  After his retirement, he enjoyed traveling with Evelyn until her passing.

In his later years, he loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  He loved to just be with his family and would sit and tell stories of his “younger years.”  He loved golfing, bowling, fishing, baseball and hockey.  It did not matter if he was golfing with his son of sitting in the stands at baseball games with his great grandkids—he was happy just to be with family.

Due to travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19, a celebration of life will be planned for the summer of 2021.

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Ken & Family,
Had the pleasure of knowing Charlie from the golf course . My father and I had many memories of playing golf with Charlie and Kenny it was always a pleasure. RIP Charlie

Dan Nielsen Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you Tom, he was a special guy.

Carol McCray Aug 11 2020 12:00 AM

I worked for Charlie for several years. I always thought was a very nice guy and fair with his workers.
I worked at Cargill for 37 years and working with Charlie were some of the best. RIP Charlie.
Tom Drake

Thomas Drake Aug 8 2020 12:00 AM