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Kay Frances (Rawls) McCray

October 19, 1949 ~ April 16, 2020 (age 70)

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"After the clouds, the sunshine, after the winter, spring,
after the shower, the rainbow, for life is a changeable thing.
 After the night, the morning, bidding all darkness cease, 
after life's cares and sorrows,  the comfort and sweetness of peace."


         Kay Frances Rawls McCray, began her  journey through life on Wednesday, October 19, 1949, in Occoneechee Neck (Northampton County), North Carolina. She was born to the parentage of the late Collin Richard and Beatrice Elizabeth Ramsey Rawls.   
         Early in life, Kay accepted Christ and united in Christian fellowship with the  Roanoke Chapel Baptist Church, Jackson, North Carolina, where she became an active member.  She was educated in the Northampton County Public School System, graduating from Gumberry High School, class of 1968. Her passion was to become a Certified Nursing Assistant, so she could share her compassion and love for others. Kay was well known for playing bingo, cooking, dancing, singing, traveling in her spare time and her fashion sense for hats. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. It was never a dull moment with Kay. 
         On Thursday April 16, 2020, our beloved daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, cousin, aunt and friend, quietly transitioned from this earthly life unto life eternal; while in the care of Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, Virginia.   In addition to her parents, Kay was preceded in death by: sisters,  Doris Herron and Celestine Rebecca Garris-Bey; step-sister, Terry Sledge and  brother, Eldridge Rawls. 
         Though the clouds may hang over, there will be a brighter day.  In that land they call heaven, God shall wipe all tears away.  We who remain and are comforted by the promises of God:  two sons, Brian McCray of Emporia, Virginia and Ulysses McCray of New York; daughter, Vanessa McCray of Emporia, Virginia; two grandchildren, Ivana Randle and Charlize Lynch; step-mother, Anne Sledge Rawls of Emporia, Virginia; sisters, Dessery Green of Bronx, New York, Laverne Boone (Burnis) of Jackson, North Carolina and Tammy Williams of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; sister-in-law, Meta Rawls (widow of Eldridge Rawls) of Weldon, North Carolina; brothers, Matt Whitaker Rawls of Ahoskie, North Carolina, Tilman Rawls (Gladys) of Richmond, Virginia and Collin Rawls, Jr. of Richmond, Virginia; a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends. 


Relatives and Friends are encouraged to visit Mrs. McCray's tribute wall to share memories, extend condolences and to order floral tributes, as sentiments to the family.  


The Management and Staff of Knox-High Mortuary, Inc. is privileged to provide

"Distinctive Services, With The Essence Of Excellence"

to the family of Mrs. Kay Frances Rawls McCray.

We ask that you join us in remembering the family in both thought and prayer. 

 "Diligent in Business; Fervent in Spirit." - Romans: 12:11




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 Service Program


April 24, 2020

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Knox-High Mortuary, Inc.
568 Halifax St.
Emporia, VA 23847

April 25, 2020

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Knox-High Mortuary, Inc.
568 Halifax St.
Emporia, VA 23847

Private Service

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