Sammye Ruth VanHooser McCrary, of Murfreesboro, TN, passed away Monday April 28, 2014 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital following an extended illness. A native of Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Henderson and Lola Hoover VanHooser. Mrs. McCrary was also preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth VanHooser and by her husband, Dr. Nile O. McCrary who died in 2012.
Mrs. McCrary is survived by her son, Dr. S. Van McCrary of East Setauket, NY; cousins, Robert J. and Anna Wood Vance of Murfreesboro, TN and Elizabeth Alsup Thurston and Dr. Clark Thurston of Keller, TX; brother in law, Emmet K. McCrary and his wife Bobbie of Murfreesboro, TN; sister in law, Lillian McCrary of Murfreesboro, TN and other cousins, nieces and nephews.Mrs. McCrary was a retired educator with 41 years of service. She was a member of the Craddock Study Club, Beta Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, Colonel Hardy Murfree Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Colonists, Daughters of the War of 1812, and a member of North Boulevard Church of Christ. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Thursday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with Julian Goodpaster and William Bryson officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery with Dalton McCrary, Michael M. Vaught, Judge Ben Hall McFarlin, Jr., Carey Smith, Robert McMillian, and Gary Green serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Craddock Study Club, Mrs. Robert McMillian, Mrs. Ben Hall McFarlin, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Richard Garman, Truman Jones, Thomas D. Vance, Ralph H. Vance, Jr., and the Elders and Deacons of North Boulevard Church of Christ.Memorials in memory of Mrs. McCrary may be made to the American Lung Association. Online condolences to the family may be made at www.woodfinchapel.com. WOODFIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL. 615-893-5151.