Deborah Lee McCray 65, was born on May 7, 1956, to Costella Cole and Darnell Cole of Pittsburgh, Pa. She moved to Chester, Pa. at an early age where she attended the Chester Public School District. Deborah (Debbie) worked as a C N A and Physical Therapist Aid in various facilities until her illness forced her into retirement.
Deborah loved her plants and flowers; she could grow anything into something beautiful, Debbie also loved her makeup and perfumes as well as getting dressed up. Debbie had a special love for her bracelets, bangles and earrings and she had a fondness for butterflies. Most of all she loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Debbie, we called her was especially fond of Holidays and family Cookouts at her aunt Nan’s home whom she was raised by.
Deborah was proceeded by her mother Costella Cole, her son LaMar McCray, her grand-daughter Tyazha McCray and her aunt Laura “Nan” Lewis. She leaves to cherish her memory, daughters LaShelle McCray and Keyonna McCray, a son Jamar McCray all of Chester, Pa., 2 daughter in laws Tonya McCray and Tammy McCray of Chester, Pa., 3 sisters Doris Faust, Nicole Long and Chamane Lewis, a brother Orlando Lewis of Chester, Pa. and her father Darnell Cole of Pittsburgh, Pa., 10 grandchildren Lamont Wheeler, Ashley Alexander, Jalessa, Jamar and LaToya Handy, Tyler, Tyrhi, Tyonna and Jamar McCray Jr, and 10 great-grandchildren. Deborah also leaves her dear friend Alphonso Staples of Chester, Pa. and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
“When Tomorrow Starts Without Me”
When tomorrow starts without me,
And I’m not there to see, if the sun
Should rise and find your eyes all filled
With tears for me, I wish so much you
Wouldn’t cry the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things, we
didn’t get to say. I know how much you
love me, as much as I love you. And
each time that you think of me, I know
you’ll miss me too, but when tomorrow
starts without me, please try to
That an Angel came and called my
Name and took me by the hand, and
Said my place was ready, in Heaven far
Above, and that I’d have to leave
Behind all those I dearly love. When I
Walked through Heaven’s Gates, I felt
So much at home. When God looked
Down and smiled at me from His great
Golden throne. He said, “This is
Eternity” and all I’ve promised you,
Today your life on Earth is past but
Here life starts anew.
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don’t think we’re far apart, for every
time you think of me, I’m here right in
Lord, at the moment nothing seems to be able to help the loss we feel
Our hearts are broken, and our spirits mourn.
All we know is that Your grace is sufficient.
This day, this hour
Moment by moment
We choose to lean on you,
For when we are at our weakest Your strength is
We pour out our grief to You
And praise You that on one glorious day
When all suffering is extinguished, and love has
We shall walk together again.
Your sister Chamane
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