Donald Chris McRae



Mr. Donald Chris McRae, 70, of Sanford went to his eternal home to be with the Lord Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born in Harnett County, the son of the late Britt and Mary Christine Powell McRae. Chris was a gifted tinkerer who at the age of 2 began taking toys apart and putting them back together. Chris had a strong work ethic throughout his life. At the age of 10, he delivered milk and also worked as a paper boy for the Sanford Herald. He worked at CP & L and Progress Energy for 36 and a half years retiring in 2003. He also did contracting work for outages at Progress Energy. Chris’ hobbies included world traveling, bird watching, hunting, wood carving, fishing, golf and developing lifelong friendships. As a way of developing friendships, he supported community functions by cooking pigs and chickens on his cooker. Chris was a southpaw pitcher who as a youngster played baseball. He also played and coached church softball. He was a member of Gideons International. Chris was also a member of Baptist Chapel Church in Broadway where he served as Trustee, Deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir member. Chris was a witty Christian, husband, father and Papa filled with Godly integrity, character and love.

Chris is survived by his wife of 52 years, Vivian Nell Currin McRae of the home; son, Craig McRae and wife Stephanie of Sanford; daughter, Donna McRae Blakley and husband Joe of Sanford; 4 grandchildren, Britt McRae, Brice McRae, Currin Blakley and Joelle Blakley; brother, Larry McRae and wife Sue of Sanford; sister, Phebe McRae Eason of Greensboro and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be conducted at 3:00 PM Friday, March 2, 2018 at Baptist Chapel Church, 2413 Buckhorn Rd., Sanford, NC 27330 with Rev. Alex Smith and Rev. Phillip Lloyd officiating. Burial will follow in Summerville Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Lillington. The family will receive friends at Baptist Chapel Church Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 PM and other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to Gideons International– Lee County Camp, PO Box 1032, Sanford, NC 27331 or Alzheimer’s Association Eastern North Carolina Chapter, 5171 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 101 Raleigh, NC 27612.