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Shelby County Sheriff's Office Patch
Resided: TN, USA
Born: Apr. 18, 1969  
Fallen: Jul. 20, 2021
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 52 yrs. of age
Dept: Shelby County Sheriff's Office - TN
201 Poplar  
Memphis, TN   38103   USA
County: Shelby
Dept. Type: County/Police
Hero's Rank: Deputy
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Death - Biological
Weapon Class: COVID-19
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 24 years
Duties: assigned to the Civil/Levy Division

Bio: Ray William McCrary, Jr. was born in Memphis, TN. He is the son of the late Ray William McCrary, Sr. (Priscilla McCrary).

Ray began his career with the Shelby County Sherriff’s Office in 1997.

He was a talented union brick mason and nationally recruited and all-state high school football star (receiving offers from virtually every division I school in the country). He ultimately decided to play for the Memphis State Tigers.

Ray married his high school sweetheart, Wendy, in 1989. Using his skills as a brick mason, he was able to masterfully craft brick mail boxes, buildings, interior mantles and walls, along with many more structures for family, friends and acquaintances, often times for free. To his work colleagues he was known as the man you’d want to be in a foxhole with if things went south, but to his family he was known as 'Dad', 'Uncle Ray', 'Turkey', 'Grandpa' and 'Jr.'

He loved Hank Williams Jr, Ancient Aliens and World War II on the History Channel, reciting lines from the movies Predator and Step Brothers, working in the yard until the body was sore or the job was done correctly, starting house projects with the best of intentions and making others feel at ease with any crisis that appeared. He was the steady hand when the sky fell. No matter when, where or how, he would get the job done. He taught his family that 'you’d rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it' and 'don’t sweat the small stuff. Everything is the small stuff.'

Ray loved swimming in his pool, grilling burgers and steaks, showing guests his new purchases of the month, discussing retirement portfolios and the simple life. He didn’t need much to be content and would give the shirt off his back to rid others of inconveniences or hardships. Ray was as stubborn as he was loving, but in the end, as always, it was his way or no way. He lived a life questioning, analyzing and perfecting every situation he could. He was and is loved by all who knew him, especially his chihuahua, Etsy, and German Shepard, Bear. He will be greatly missed.

Survived by:
& two children

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: TN   USA   Thu. Jul. 01, 2021
Summary: Deputy Sheriff Ray McCrary died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in an exposure while on duty.


COVID-19, a flu-like virus, originated in Wuhan, China. Worth a mention, the Chinese Government had a biological research facility in that very province. At this point, it was widely held that COVID-19 was a bat-coronavirus and the first case was discovered in Wuhan in Oct. 2019.

On Dec. 31, 2019, Chinese authorities alerted the World Health Organization of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, Hubei province, China, with an unknown cause. Jan 7, 2020 Chinese authorities identify a new type of coronavirus (called novel coronavirus or nCoV).

Despite deaths and an entire Chinese Province(Hubei) quarantined by the Chinese Government, the World Health Organization(WHO) simply declares a global public-health emergency. Despite this serious understatement, on January 31st, President Trump bans foreign nationals from entering the US if they were in China within the prior two weeks. Despite a large public outcry of racism, this move likely saved 1000's of American lives, it would later be deemed.

After a full blown global infection, and an entire country being declared on 'Lockdown'(Italy), on March 11th, WHO declared the outbreak a pandemic. This same day, President Trump bans all travel from 26 European countries. On Mar. 13th, a US national emergency is declared over the novel coronavirus outbreak.

On Mar. 23rd, New York City confirms 21,000 cases, making it the biggest epicenter of the outbreak in the US. On Mar. 31, more than 1/3 of humanity is under some form of lockdown. On Apr. 2nd, the world passes one million COVID-19 infections.

On April 7th, roughly 95% of all Americans are under lockdown, as 42 states issue stay-at-home orders. The entire American economy has ground to a halt. Congress passed laws awarding trillions in grants, loans and other types of assistance to the American working population and businesses.

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