83, Blountsville, died Feb. 29, 2012, at Golden Living Center, Oneonta. He was born in Blount County to John Preston and Willie Gay Ayers McRae, Mr. McRae was a retired truck driver. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by wife Marilyn Barnett McRae; brothers Clenon and Ronald McRae; and sisters Dorothy McRae and Linda Mason.

Surviving are son John (Marva) McRae, Cleveland; daughters Sandra (Kerry) Leach, Susan Moore, Sharon (Richard) Schneider, Missouri, and Rhonda (Matt) Graves, Oneonta; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Geraldine ( Jimmy) Mitchell, Pell City.

Gary McRae officiated the March 2, 11 a.m. service held at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at South Cemetery with Matt Graves, J.J. Duarte, Dakota Duarte, Anthony Brewer, Andrew McLain, and Richard Schneider serving as pallbearers.