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Ezekiel McCray Obituary

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Ezekiel McCray

Mahopac, NY

April 10, 1926 - February 5, 2024

Ezekiel McCray Obituary

Ezekiel McCray of Mahopac, NY passed away peacefully on February 5, 2024 at the age of 97. He was born on April 10, 1926 in Summerton, SC, 1of 7 children to the late Goines and Azilee (neé Carter) McCray. On May 28, 1955, he married Dorothy Symister and they were blessed with 2 daughters Dianne and Janyce.

Raised on a family farm in South Carolina, hard work and commitment were instilled in him at a young age. He always had an interest in mechanics. His schooling was interrupted during high school due to WWII. As his brothers left to serve in the war efforts someone was needed to help his father with the farming. He later earned his GED and also completed The Delehanty Institute's 1000-hour course in automotive mechanics. This led to the opening of McCray's Auto Repair originally located at 7 St. Nicolas Avenue in Manhattan. Later he was employed by MTA in NYC as a diesel mechanic for many years before retiring in 1991. While at MTA, McCray's Auto Repair remained open as his side hustle. Interestingly his reputation and skill level kept McCray's Auto Repair open long after his retirement from MTA at age 65.

He loved working on cars as well as fishing, traveling, and telling stories. He was known for speaking slowly with the accent unique to the rural area he grew up in, but he walked fast and drove to each destination like it was a lap in the Indianapolis 500. In October 1952 Ezekiel was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and lived according to Bible teachings. He valued greatly his responsibility as a Christian elder and was much loved by the members of the congregations he served.

Ezekiel is survived by his loving daughters Dianne McCray and Janyce Myrland, grandson Julian, and many nieces and nephews.

Services for Mr. McCray will be held at a later date.

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