Deaconess Amanda Jackson-McCray, affectionately known as “Sister Amanda McCray”, 91, was a life-long resident of Duval County. She was born on December 25, 1927 to the late Rev. Hardy and Rosa Jackson. She was the youngest of five siblings which preceded her in death. She spent her early years growing up in the Brooklyn area of Jacksonville, Florida and moved to the Southside after marriage.
Deaconess Amanda acquired her formal education in the public schools of Duval County, Florida. She graduated from Stanton High School, where she was studying college preparatory in January 1947. She was united in Holy Matrimony to Deacon Mack McCray on December 27, 1947 and shared seventy-one years of marriage. As a result of their love and union, the Lord blessed them with nine children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Deacon Mack McCray and one son, Curtis McCray.
She was a life-long member of St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church, currently named Renewed Life Ministries, where she served as a Deaconess, member of District #3 and a long-time choir member until her declining health.
On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 she departed this earthly life. Leaving to cherish her memories and embrace her legacy, children, Edward McCray, Danny McCray, Betty Tucker (Bobby), Maxine Stephens (Leotis), Theresa Bland (Dwyer), Frederick McCray (Vera), Leon McCray and Raymond McCray; grandchildren, Shana, Kiara, Jakara, Jamal, Erica, Shannon, Kenya, Delvin, Shenesha, Darrin, Tyrone, Alicia, Derek, Tamara, Tierra, Frederick II and Trevone; 35 great grandchildren; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousin, and devoted friends of Brooker Road, Brooker Place and Pine View Circle. Deaconess Amanda’s “smile” will be greatly missed and always cherished by all who knew and loved her!
Sarah L. Carter's Funeral Home Southside is serving the family.