James "Jamie" McCray, 60

James A. "Jamie" McCray, 60, of LaFontaine, died at 9:12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, at Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. 

He was born June 2, 1958, in Marion, to Guy J. and Jane E. (Ayers) McCray.

Jamie was a 1976 graduate of Southwood High School and attended the Upper Wabash Vocational School. He married Bethann Schlemmer at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Wabash on Oct. 15, 1983. He was a project manager for Wendt LLP the past 10 years, worked for Bowman Construction of Marion 24 years, and was a newspaper carrier in LaFontaine.

Jamie was a former Chief of the Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the LaFontaine United Methodist Church, the Carpenters Union, Wabash Moose and Eagles Lodges, and the Tribe Motorcycle Club of Gas City. He enjoyed his work, motorcycle riding, golfing and was a skilled woodworker. He was loved by his family and friends. 

He is survived by his wife, Bethann McCray; two sons, Shane W. McCray and Seth R. McCray; and his mother, Jane E. McCray, all of LaFontaine; and three sisters, Phyllis (Wayne) Huttle of Chesterfield, Mo., Carol McCray of LaFontaine, and Connie (Brad) Crump of Marion, and his in-laws, Marvin and Becky Schlemmer, and Jill and Randy Wendt, all of Wabash, Randy and Pam Schlemmer of Huntington, and Jan Schlemmer and Vanissa Boggs, both of Wabash. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Guy J. McCray.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Brad Wright officiating.  Burial will be in LaFontaine I.O.O.F. Cemetery.  Friends may call 2-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department.

The memorial guest book for Jamie may be signed at

Posted on 2019 Jan 02