PART ONE OF TWO IN THE SERIES
The Living Legacy is a series that honors those who have perservered in spite of tremendous odds.
Two outstanding individuals will be spolighted in this week’s series.
Laura Bell Butler, Community/Civic Leadrship and Rev. James McCray, Religion.
James McCray is the youngest child of the late Joe and Annie Alston McCray. He was born in Andrew, South Carolina on May 7, 1922. He is a graduate of Palm Institute and South Carolina State University.
His call to the ministry was in 1975. He retired as Pastor in 1997 after 22 years of pastoring. His last charge was Griggs and Wesley Chapel AME churches. He also pastored Moses Chapel A.M.E. in Rutledge, GA, Bethel A.M.E.in Jackson, and Mt. Zion A.M.E. in Shady Dale. Under his leadership at Griggs Chapel A.M.E., a new church was erected and improvements were made to Wesley Chapel A.M.E.
He has been an educator all of his adult life. He taught at Cedar Creek in South Carolina. In 1952 he moved his family to Madison, GA He taught Science, Math, Chemistry and served as Assistant Principal at Pearl High School. He retired from the Georgia and South Carolina school systems, and continued to work as a substitute in Morgan and Walton, counties for over 12 years.
He was Scout Master of the Boy Scouts, President of the Morgan, County Branch of the NAACP, member of Madison Son Lodge and Patron of the Eastern Stars.
Rev. McCray has received awards for the NAACP, Head Start, Griggs Chapel AME Church Masonic Lodge, Moses Chapel AME Church, Pearl Burney Alumni Association, Madison Eastern Stars and several classes of Pearl High School
He was married to the late Charlotte Ruth Lloyd McCray for 67 years, together they raised 18 family members, at present he is the father of three Kassandra, Karl and Carlton, the grandfather of five and the great grandfather of two. Rev. James McCray is known as “Pop” to everyone!! He is a member of St. Paul A.M.E Church in Madison, and is Pastor Emeritus of Griggs Chapel AME Church in Monticello.