of Benton, AR
June 7, 1951 - October 7, 2021
Ishmael (Ish) Edmond McCray III passed away on October 7, 2021 at the age of70. He was born June 7, 1951 in Little Rock to the late I.E. ''Eddie'' McCray Jr.and LaNelle (McNeil) McCray.He was a graduate of Benton High School and attended Arkansas StateUniversity. Known as ''Big Daddy'' to his grandchildren, he was a loving husband,father, and grandfather.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, MickeyMcCray and cousin, Jack McCray Jr.He is survived by his wife, Jan McCray; son, Ish McCray IV; two daughters,Heather York (Paul) and Holly Holt (Billy); three grandchildren, Jaycee and JaradYork, and William Holt; and two cousins, Kevin McCray and Kristy Tellez.Visitation will be from 12:00-2:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at RollerBallard Funeral Home in Benton (501-315-4047) with a graveside service tofollow at Rosemont Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Joe Brumley, DennyDyer, Kenny Hall, Chris Moore, Jim Ed Stilwell, and Jeff York.
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Just learned of the passing of Ish. We had such fun times playing music together. Condolences to the family. God got a good one. Rest in Love friend. Until we met again - Kerry Brazil
R.I.P. brother, your among great company.
Great man and friend. Loved music and was great playing the bass guitar. You will be missed
Jan, Holly, Heather, and Ish,My heart is broken for you. Ish was a great man and always so fun. I know ya'll will miss him so much. I love you all!
I have known Ish most of my life! We were classmates. Prayers for his sweet family.
Ish , I am going to miss you dearly . We played in bands for many years together . From my high school days to present . You were a great friend and a heck of a bass player . Always in the pocket solid as a rock. Many memories I will cherish until I see you again in GOD's Kingdom . To the Mc Cray family ,I am honored to be one of Ish's Pallbearers.R.I.Paradise my friend . Sad to see you go :(
Sending you all my love, prayers, and condolences. Big Daddy was always so kind to me and any helpers I brought along. I will forever see him on a mower or tractor driving around the McCray Compound doing chores, feeding animals, popping in to care for his family. Sweet sweet man. I know it’s going to leave a void and I’m praying that you all have peace and comfort as you find a way to keep carrying forward. Love you all dearly.
Praying for your family. He loved his kids and grandkids. Penny as I grew up knowing him was a kind man. Love you Heather & Holly.Mrs. DawsonCathy Robinson Dawson
Such a great guy. I would always ask him about Jaycee and Jarad. His eyes would light up every time!! He sure loved his family. Praying for peace, love and comfort for the McCray family.
So sorry for your loss. You will be in our prayers
Have known Ish most of my life. One of the good guys. He will be missed. Sorry for your loss,
So sorry to lose a brother musician. You will be missed and in my heart and prayers.
So sorry to hear about your dad. Prayers for the family!
We were so sad to hear of the passing of Ish. May your wonderful memories carry you as you move forward without him. Prayers of peace & comfort. Condolences to the McCray family.🙏🏼