Luella Hilton McCray was known as mom, grandma, sister, Aunt Luella, "Mother McCray" or "Missionary McCray," but most of all she was known to be blessed.

Blessed to see 85 years of life, Mother McCray went from labor to reward early on Thursday morning, March 7, 2019, surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren.

Luella Hilton McCray was born on Feb. 14, 1934, in Clarendon County, to Henry L. and Beulah Thames Hilton. She received her high school diploma from Scott's Branch High School, Summerton. She was also employed for many years with AirCap Industries. At an early age, she accepted Christ and attended St. John Baptist Church and Mt. Zero Baptist Church. She was joined in holy matrimony to the late Deacon Lee McCray. From this union, they were blessed with seven children. After marriage, she joined the Church of God By Faith in Davis Station and served faithfully for more than 65 years in many capacities. She then moved to Irmo with her daughter, Lubertha Williams, and began attending Shekinah Glory, Church of God by Faith.

She leaves to cherish her memories: daughters, Lubertha (Mark) Williams, Burnette (Johnny) McFadden and Catherine (Anthony) Blocker; the granddaughter she raised as a daughter from birth, Sharon (Tonie) Mellette; one son, Stanley McCray; a niece she raised in her home, Carrie (James) Doughty; granddaughter, Catrecha (Darren) Skinner, raised in her home; nephew, James Edward Hilton, raised in her home; another son, Elder Caleb Gordon; daughter-in-law Theresa (Robert) Gaiters; 21 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one sister, Lizzie H. Prince; two sisters-in-law, Bertie Lee (Floyd) Briggs and Minnie Bellinger; two brothers-in-law, Willie (Towanda) McCray and Jack (Geneva) McCray; and a host of nieces and nephews.

The homegoing service for Mother Luella Hilton-McCray will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Church of God by Faith, 609 Atlantic Ave., Sumter, with burial at Church of God by Faith - Davis Station Cemetery, 1071 Loss Brook Road, Davis Station.

Family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Church of God by Faith - Davis Station Cemetery, 1071 Loss Brook Road, Davis Station.

Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home of Sumter has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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