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Saturday October 3rd, 2020

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Corey Michael McCraw



On the morning of Thursday, September 24, 2020, Mr. Corey Michael McCraw, age 32, of Durham, North Carolina and formerly of Marion, surrounded by his family and the love and support of friends and family near and far, made the wonderful cross over into Heaven at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, after a courageous battle with a brief illness.    The son of Mike and Kim McCraw, both of Marion, Corey was born in Marion, North Carolina on September 30, 1987. 


He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Herman and Ruby Newton; paternal grandfather, Doug McCraw, Sr.; and one aunt, Patsy Causby. 


Corey graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.   Corey found his professional calling at Yardi Systems, Inc. in Raleigh where he was fortunate to find a work family who loved, cared about, and supported him.  He was a member of Summit Church, Brier Creek in Raleigh. 


A proud WCU Catamount and a devoted Minnesota Vikings fan, Corey was a highly skilled musician (guitar, drums, piano) and played in many bands including, Burning Dog and Scream for Silence.  In his free time, you could find him watching Impractical Jokers, video gaming, grilling and fantasy football. 


Corey was loved and touched by everyone he met.  He had such a big heart and enjoyed life to the fullest.  Corey loved the Lord with all his heart and we are comforted knowing he is in Heaven with his savior, Jesus Christ.  Corey will be loved and missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him, but will be forever with us in our hearts. 


Left to cherish his precious memories, in addition to his parents, one sister, Kaylie Orlan (RC) of Chapel Hill; grandmother, Joan McCraw of Marion; aunts, Judy Dale (Gary) of Marion and Debra Chapman (Bill) of Marion; uncles, Boo Causby of Marion and Doug McCraw, Jr. (Wendy) of Marion; and cousins, Chris Gragg, and his children, Jared, Trenton, Kirstyn, and Witten, Rusty Gragg (Kristen) and their son Jaden, Allyson Camby (Darrell) and their children, Casey Camby and Taylor Moore, and April Dobson (Jeremy) and their children, Mackenzie and Caylen.  Corey is also survived by his family by choice, brothers, Chris Visi and Michael Dages, Aunt Sandy Watson and Aunt Robin Austin; and last but not least, his four-legged family, Ragnar, Ramsey, Chloe and Sully.


A celebration of Corey’s life will be held on Saturday, October 03, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Community Church with Pastor Jerry Lewis and Pastor Steve Hawkins officiating.  If you are able to attend the celebration in person, please honor Corey by wearing purple/yellow in honor of his alma mater (WCU) and his beloved Minnesota Vikings (Vikings and Catamount apparel encouraged). 


For those who are unable to attend in person, the service will be available via livestream on Grace Community Church’s (Marion, North Carolina) Facebook page and YouTube. 




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Kim, Debra, Judy,
May memories of Corey and the love of family surround you and give you the strength you need in the days ahead. I never had the opportunity to meet this amazing young man, but knowing he is at home with
Our Lord and Savior bring you you comfort and peace. Remember you are loved!

Patti Whiteley Briggs Oct 4 2020 12:00 AM

I had the good fortune to meet & work with Corey at Yardi Systems and truly enjoyed his beautiful soul! He was so helpful & caring to everyone around him. I wish peace and loving memories for Coreys Family & his Girlfriend
May he Rest In Peace and know how much he was Loved by everyone

Judy Malewiacki Oct 4 2020 12:00 AM

Kim, you and your family are in my Prayers.
Ashley Hobson

Ashley Hobson Oct 3 2020 12:00 AM

Kim and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. The peace of Christ be with you.

Eric, Tracey, Meredith and Jackson Adkins

Tracey Adkins Oct 2 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Corey McCraw

Marsha Reel Sprouse Oct 2 2020 12:00 AM

I remember Cory and James Rabb had to make a film for their Spanish class Mrs. Meaders was their teacher. Corey came to our house to make the video with a huge black sombrero and we all laughed it was so cute . Both He and James laughed and cut up the whole time they were making it. I think they manage to get a good grade but as I recall Mrs Meaders wasn't completely happy with as James and Corey they put some Spanish words in it that weren't exactly as nice as she hoped for. She told me later James and Corey were not easy but probably her smartest students and spoke spanish very well. Maybe too well!! What a great memory we laughed so hard at the two of them!

Sandi Rabb Oct 2 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Corey McCraw

Rhonda and Sydney Messer Oct 1 2020 12:00 AM

Kim, Mike and family, my prayers and love are with you during the difficult days ahead. I did not know Corey but what a wonderful legacy this young man leaves with family and friends.
My sincere sympathy, Mrs. Medford

Kay Medford Oct 1 2020 12:00 AM

Praying for the McCraw family. You will be missed Corey. You were a one of a kind guy and knowing you from all the way back you touched so many people. See you on the other side, rest easy brother.

Jared Jones Sep 30 2020 12:00 AM

Prayer for the Lord to be near all your family filling you with His presence.

Debra Boldon Sep 30 2020 12:00 AM

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