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Oct. 30, 1933 – Jan. 20, 2023

Mary David Harrison McCraney, 89 years old and a lifetime resident of Fort Deposit, left her earthly home on Jan. 20, 2023 for her eternal home in heaven.  She was born Oct. 30, 1933 to the late David Wescott Harrison and Daisy Harbin Harrison. The funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Dunklin Funeral Home with Minister David Sargeant officiating and Dunklin Funeral Home directing. Burial followed at Myrtlewood Cemetery. Visitation was from 9-11 a.m. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, William E. (Bill) McCraney.

Mrs. McCraney was a faithful and dedicated member of the Fort Deposit Church of Christ, exemplifying a true servant heart in every aspect of her life. She was recognized by the Fort Deposit Arts Council as “Fort Deposit Citizen of the Year” and on her 80th birthday presented with a proclamation from the mayor on behalf of the town.

She held a number of jobs outside the home as secretary and bookkeeper, none of which were more dear to her than her work at Lowndes County High School in the mid-sixties and her many years at Fort Deposit Academy where she was a mother to far more than her own biological children. As her grandchildren came along and grew up, she quickly became known more affectionately as “Grandmama” to almost everyone.

“Miss Mary David” was a woman who loved everyone and everyone loved her. She was wholeheartedly devoted to God, her family and her friends. Her sweet spirit and sense of humor drew people to her.   She will be missed dearly by so many but especially her children: son, Howard (Julie) McCraney of Tuscaloosa; daughters, Sharon (Ronnie) Paulk, and Leigh McCraney of Fort Deposit; her five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Never has there been a grandmother who loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren any more than “Grandmama.”  They will miss her love and laughter but have memories to cherish forever. Praise God!

The family would like to thank Gracie Alexander and Geraldine Gipson for their loving and devoted care over the last few years.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to AGAPE of Central Alabama, 3800 Vaughn Rd., Montgomery, AL 36106.

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