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Lewis Lester “Buck” McCrary, Jr.

Lewis Lester “Buck” McCrary, Jr., age 92 of Molena, GA, died on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Brightmoor Hospice in Griffin, GA. Funeral services

was held on Monday, September 20, at 11:00 am at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Molena. Reverend Mark Harris officiated. The family received friends at Mt. Olive Baptist Church from 10:30 am until the service hour. Interment was in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Buck was born in Molena, GA to Lewis Lester McCrary, Sr. and Martha Mattox McCrary on July 10, 1929. He graduated from Molena High School in 1946 and from the University of Georgia in 1950. Upon graduation he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the United States Army and in 1951 was stationed in Germany with the 4th Armored Division as part of the post-World War II occupation and reconstruction effort. Before shipping out he married Betty Anne Daniel of Thomaston on May 5, 1951. After his tour of duty, he and Betty returned home to Molena in 1953 and began working on the family farm raising turkeys and cattle. Before leaving the turkey farming business in 1985, Buck and Betty made fresh-dressed turkeys from McCrary Turkey Farm into cherished holiday table fare at Thanksgiving and Christmas. In retirement Buck enjoyed gardening, fishing, growing vegetables, pecans, fruit and flowers. He was an excellent jam and jelly maker.

Buck was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Molena for over 80 years.

He was a Deacon and had served as the Church Treasurer. He supported the Church in a variety of ways, but his most visible contribution were the

flowers he planted for many years.

Buck was an avid supporter of the Georgia Bulldogs. He recently celebrated his great grandson’s admission to the University, representing the fifth

generation of his family to matriculate there. 

Buck and Betty celebrated 70 years of marriage this year.

Buck was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Marshall Callaway. He is survived by his wife,

Betty Daniel McCrary; his children Steve (Patsie) McCrary, Luanne (David) Fowler, Tim (Christy) McCrary, Amanda (Rob Sanford) McCrary, and Mike (Shannon) McCrary all of Molena; 9 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; four nephews and a niece; and numerous grand and great grand nephews and nieces, and cousins.

Fletcher Day Funeral Home of Thomaston, GA is in charge of all arrangements.

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