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11/5/2021 6:35:00 PM
James Ernest McCrary
November 26, 1948 - November 3, 2021

CATAWBA, N.C. - James Ernest McCrary, 72, of Catawba passed away on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born November 26, 1948 in Catawba County to the late William Frank McCrary and Bertha Viola Carver McCrary. James was a member of Mathis Chapel Baptist Church in Catawba and retired with Wilson Trucking Corporation in Conover after many years of service. He enjoyed gardening, working on cars, and playing with his grandkids.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Fred McCrary, Homer McCrary Sr., and Lee Roy McCrary; and sisters, Francis Setzer and Shelby Lail Spencer.

Those left to cherish his memory is his wife of 50 years Frances Ann Hildebran McCrary of the home; sons Wayne McCrary of Newton, Terry McCrary and wife Michelle of Catawba, Jamey McCrary of Catawba; daughter Pamela Carter of Conover; brother William McCrary Jr. and wife Debra of Connelly Springs; sister Linda Mainess of Newton; grandchildren Avery Carter and wife Amanda, Carrie Rowlee, Tarrie Carter, Ashley McCrary, Matthew McCrary, Chase McCrary, and Andrew McCrary; great-grandchildren Dallas Carter, Chandler Carter, Kaiden Carter, and Camden Melton.

A service to celebrate James’ life will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Mathis Chapel Baptist Church in Catawba. Rev. Dr. Ernie Wilson will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Mathis Chapel Baptist Church. Those serving as pallbearers are Josh Beckham, Tim Heafner, Derek Collius and Gary Richardson.

Condolences may be sent to the McCrary family at

Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the McCrary family.

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