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MCCRAY, JOHN

MCCRAY, JOHN

Our beloved (GENTLE GIANT ) passed away August 4, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. John was born in 1949 in
Madison, Florida, growing up in a large loving extended family. He was a compassionate, loving and
generous man who laughed and enjoyed life, especially his Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
John is survived by his one true love of 44 years, Judi Richardson, his sister Linda Ann Mc Cray, his
brother, Jack Mc Cray, his son, Norris Cooper and daughter Landra Polk. His step children, Jorge
Pantaleon, Marianne Norris , Bambi Pantaleon, Regina Diaz and Roman Diaz, and his special angel kake
Joy Langston. He leaves to cherish his grandchildren and great grandchildren, His Aunt Mae Royce, and a
multitude of nieces, nephews and cousins. Along with thousands of loving friends.
John was preceded in death by his mother Georgia Mc Cray, his father Leroy Mc Cray and his brother
Gregory (Tuck ) Mc Cray and grandmother Louise Smith., and sister Phyllis Mc Clary.
John’s loving smile will forever remain in our hearts and minds.
At his request there will be no service due to the pandemic of 2020.

77 Comments

  • Judi Richardson August 6, 2020 8:54 am

    You were the one true love of my life and this is the most difficult thing to go through life living without you. May you rest in peace .You taught me a lot of things but never taught me how to live without you. Keep a place ready for me right next to you. I needed you but I guess God knew the pain was just too much to bear. I will love you for eternity YOUR “RED”

    • Marez August 6, 2020 10:14 am

      We will miss u John 💕
      Love your comment Judi 💝

  • Chris Boza August 6, 2020 9:20 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He was a great man and will be missed by all.

  • Christine Hartman August 6, 2020 9:25 am

    May you rest in eternal peace John. There is no suffering or cancer in Heaven. Rest easy knowing that Red will be forever surrounded by loved ones until you two are reunited.

  • Anonymous August 6, 2020 9:27 am

    We love you and will miss you always 💗 prayers and love to your family.judy we love you and are here for you.john you were a very sweet man and the world lost a beautiful person xoxo 💗

  • Catie and joey August 6, 2020 9:27 am

    We love you and will miss you always 💗 prayers and love to your family.judy we love you and are here for you.john you were a very sweet man and the world lost a beautiful person xoxo 💗

  • Tanya Harper August 6, 2020 9:29 am

    Sweet John… fly high with the angels! It’s hard to believe you are gone and you will be missed by so many! And I know you are watching over Judi and your family from high above!

  • Marianne August 6, 2020 9:36 am

    Gonna miss you pop pop
    In brookes voice
    Gone way too soon
    Thanks for all your love for mom and us
    Rest easy now

  • Nakia McCray August 6, 2020 9:39 am

    I’m gone miss u 😭 my uncle u and ya sister was taken from me to soon but now u in heaven wit her and she happy so u be happy also ❣️ loves u n gone miss u deeply

  • Big Nasty August 6, 2020 9:39 am

    Our deepest condolences during your time of loss. May John look down from Heaven and have the Best seat for Bucs Games! God Bless, Keith, Debbie & Destiny Kunzig

    • Betty Jo August 6, 2020 1:29 pm

      Rest in Peace John. We will miss you at our gatherings. Judi, I know your loss is great, take 5 minutes at a time. Took me 2 years to walk out of the greiving cloud. Hang in there the emotional pain will ease up eventually. Love & hugs.

  • Selina Perry August 6, 2020 9:48 am

    My heart goes out to the family. He will never be forgotten you will see him again much luv to you all.

  • Buco Pat Dotson August 6, 2020 9:51 am

    John, you were one of the most genuine people that I have ever met, you had a heart of gold and always showed love to me and Sky. I will always be grateful that you were apart of our lives. I will always cherish the memories we shared brother. RIP Big Man!!! Love ya and miss ya!!!

  • Cheryl Stewart August 6, 2020 9:58 am

    I didn’t know you from the beginning but I knew you in the end. Always the two of you, Judi and John. I don’t know how she will do it without you, or how you’ll have to wait for her. May God love and keep you, Big John. You will be missed, in the smallest and biggest ways.

    • Anonymous August 6, 2020 9:10 pm

      Etnernal rest grant unto John, Oh Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the fa8thful departed…through the mercy of God, rest in peace – AMEN
      You will be sadly missed, by so many…..but NEVER forgotten.
      Rest in heavenly peace

  • Sharon Shay August 6, 2020 10:05 am

    John will truly be missed. He was loved by everyone and was willing to help anyone in need. John never met anyone who didn’t call him friend and he was the most gentlest person you’ll ever meet dispite his size. Judy was his true love and he showed it every time you were in their presence. Rest peaceful my friend .

  • Tanya and Greg August 6, 2020 10:06 am

    RIP John
    God knows best . You where a true friend and we enjoyed the times we where able to spend with You and Judi just talking and laughing . John you will truly be missed but not forgotten . Until we meet again . RIH .

  • Nicole August 6, 2020 10:08 am

    Sending my love to you Judi and your family.

  • Anonymous August 6, 2020 10:09 am

    Mrs. Judi I’m so sorry. At our week 1 watch party we will have a moment of silence in his honor. I will be praying for you. God bless.

  • John Blakey August 6, 2020 10:09 am

    Mrs. Judi I’m so sorry. At our week 1 watch party we will have a moment of silence in his honor. I will be praying for you. God bless.

  • Dana Hiers August 6, 2020 10:30 am

    Words can not express such a loss as this. My dear Brother you will be GREATLY MISSED im going to miss that big smile, your laughter , walking thru my front door saying” Lil Howard what you cooked” and you telling me you want some fresh peas and collard greens and dont forget that fried cornbread LOL. Heaven has gained our Gentle Giant 🕊 fly high my friend youre pain free now. Our Gracious Heavenly Father Loved you more. FOREVER AND ALWAYS IN OUR ❤💙❤💙. MAY YOU RIP Mulleye. Gone to soon 🕊 🕊 🕊 🕊

  • Steven and Liz Anderson August 6, 2020 10:32 am

    Just wanted to say John was a great and compassionate man. Showed me and wife Liz a great time I.n Tampa and didn’t even know us . But that’s just what kind of man he was we will truly miss him and our hearts and prayers go to the family .

    Love. Steve And Liz Anderson

  • Dr. Pam Wright & Walt Robinson Sr. August 6, 2020 10:39 am

    Rest in Heaven John.
    Judy & family you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
    Pam & Walt

  • Jason Hiers August 6, 2020 10:48 am

    Fly High Big John you will be greatly missed. Watch over Mrs. Judi 4eva and pleased help guild our Bucs.

  • Alan and Mai August 6, 2020 10:52 am

    John was a big man in body and spirit. We will miss him. He was a loving gentle giant who made everyone around him feel good.
    Our deepest condolences to Judi.

  • Art Oropeza August 6, 2020 10:57 am

    John was one of the most kind and Humble person I have had the privilege to meet. I will forever remember our Conversation. My Family’s thoughts and prayers are with Judi and family. God bless

  • Kristal Winfrey August 6, 2020 11:14 am

    Judi I am So sorry for your loss. John was a good man. He will be watching over you and everyone now.

  • Anonymous August 6, 2020 11:21 am

    Rest easy Big John. You will be missed by all.

  • Cheryl Hudson aka Heffer August 6, 2020 11:28 am

    Well Leroy and Georgia brown eyed baby boy you had to give this heffer a big jolt you did that cuz I’m gonna miss you like no other. I’m goons miss that hey heffer you know nobody could do that but you. Sorry I didn’t get you them greens you left to soon. I can’t stop crying cuz I love you you will always be my big cuz and daddy. When you see Wardell give him a big hug tell Phyllis I love her too. I know you got the whole family there with you. Keep looking down on me because you know I’m truly lost and need your direction. You rest easy and know that I truly love you . Until we see each other. Love you Mullet’s. Your heffer Pookie.

  • Scott F Dixon August 6, 2020 11:29 am

    John was a great man and my heart breaks for you Judi as I was proud to have met John and you too Judy! You’re in my thoughts and prayers and may God bless you and get you through this terrible time. RIP John! 🙁

  • Cheryl Hudson aka Heffer August 6, 2020 11:30 am

    Well Leroy and Georgia brown eyed baby boy you had to give this heffer a big jolt you did that cuz I’m gonna miss you like no other. I’m goons miss that hey heffer you know nobody could do that but you. Sorry I didn’t get you them greens you left to soon. I can’t stop crying cuz I love you you will always be my big cuz and daddy. When you see Wardell give him a big hug tell Phyllis I love her too. I know you got the whole family there with you. Keep looking down on me because you know I’m truly lost and need your direction. You rest easy and know that I truly love you . Until we see each other. Love you Mullet’s. Your Pookie.

  • Jorge and Gina Pantaleon August 6, 2020 11:58 am

    Thank You John For Loving My Mother And Always Bringing Joy To Her Life! I Never Saw Her Smile As Much Until She Met You. You Are Missed And Loved And Always Remembered. May God Bless You With His Eternal Presence! RIP!

  • Lisa Kovach August 6, 2020 1:41 pm

    . Romans 8:38-39. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • Bambi Pantaleon August 6, 2020 1:43 pm

    How do you say goodbye to someone you looked up to as the best Poppa and stepdad you could have been blessed with….he took on a “Big Job” when he fell in love with my Mom….i say this because I am her clone…John loved her the way a man should love a woman he cherrished my mom more than I have ever seen a man cherish their other half. He was kind, understanding, great listener never judged me. Oh how my heart and soul hurts that you are gone but I will not be selfish your now not in pain and suffering. My heart is forever 💔. Thank you for the talk on Saturday I’ll cherish what you said to me for the rest of my life. I love you and will miss you forever Duces loves you poppa.

  • Donna Camacho August 6, 2020 1:53 pm

    We will miss you terribly Big John. David always loved his Big Poppa. I will make sure he has you in his memories. Rest in Heaven big man. I will always be there for Judi. You guys have always looked out for me and the boys. Now it’s time to return the kindness and generosity that you and Judi have shown us. We love and miss you.

  • Joy langston August 6, 2020 1:54 pm

    Oh mullet eye . this is your kake 😭😭speaking i miss you so much and im hurting but i know your not and thats all that matters. You brought life to everyone you came in contact with and for that we will cherish it and never forget . i miss u so much and ill never let my memories fade . ur amazing and we well shit i miss u soooo much . i needs one more phone call one more something idk i just miss u . i will see u soon