“I fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith…
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord,
The righteous judge shall give me at that day; and not me only,
But unto all them also that love his appearing”
II Timothy 4:7-8
Lorraine Beverly McCray’s earthly journey began September 29, 1950, in Cincinnati, Ohio. She
was the 2nd of four children born to the late William F. and Julia (Mims) McCray.
Lorraine was a curious child, always seeking knowledge and understanding of things. She
acquired her love of Jazz music from her father. Lorraine’s fond memory was dancing on her
father’s toes as he sang “Sweet Lorraine.” She was her sibling’s protector; she was always willing
and ready to stick up for her siblings.
Lorraine graduated from Withrow High School in 1968. She attended Ohio State University,
where she studied Business Administration.
In 1970, Lorraine gave birth to her first love, her son Anthony Wesley McCray. Anthony proved
to be a bright light during her young adulthood.
In 1972, while visiting her grandmother Gladys Mims and her aunt Betty Mims-Hill in La Jolla,
California, Lorraine met Larry Wiggers. Soon thereafter, Lorraine and Anthony moved to San
Diego. Lorraine & Larry united in marriage, and to this union, a girl child was born LaShon
Faith & Family
One of the most important relationships she had came in the form of her Salvation and love for
her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Lorraine accepted Christ at an early age. She understood the
importance of this relationship to guide her in her connections with others and her faith. She was
an active member of Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, California, under the leadership
of Pastor Kenneth Ulmer until her health began to decline.
Lorraine’s unconditional love was for her children and grandchildren. She loved being a mother
and a grandmother; and sacrificed so much to make sure they had the best things in life. She
raised them to be independent and strong-willed.
Family was everything! It was important to her that family kept connected and had genuine
relationships; bloodline was not the only way she defined family. She was many things to many
people; hence that’s why each of them had a unique name for her “Sweet Lo,” “Jack,” “Mama
Lolo,” “Gee Gee,” “Big Cuz,” “Queen Cuz,” “Rainey Rain”, Sis, Auntie, and Mommy.
Of her many life passions, Real Estate Escrow ranked highest. Lorraine opened several escrow
offices over the years, both in San Diego & Los Angeles, CA. As a Real Estate Sales Agent, she was
always excited to discuss and help people become homeowners. She was always networking and
looking for ways to show her clients that she appreciated them. In her final days at Abby Gardens
Health Care Center (Hospice), she shared with every Nurse, CNA, and housekeeper the benefits of
homeownership. When her co-workers called or came to visit her, Lorraine would say, “Hey, I got
a client for you.” Throughout her tenure, she was an active member of the Board of Realtors and
served as president of the Association. Lorraine’s Toastmaster membership provided her with
additional tools needed in her professional development, which also helped her to help others
understand the importance of professional accomplishments and personal development.
Another passion was fashion, and as she would stay “Dressed to the T”. Lorraine would not miss a
beat always with her hair, nails, and everything well-manicured. She believed that your look
needed to match your actions in her profession. Look and be the part. In a suit or even in some
jeans, Lorraine knew how to make an outfit work; she would throw on a blazer, some pearls, red
lipstick, and don’t forget the high heel shoes to make it pop.
Lorraine enjoyed several pastimes, of her best, talking smack, whether Bowling, playing Taboo, or
at the card table while playing Bid Whist, where she proclaimed herself as “The Bid Whist
Queen” with friends and family. Everyone who knew her understood her one-of-a-kind sassiness
and wit. She loved to host and entertain; she always went all out. She would be the first on the
dance floor, always ready to cha-cha with someone or teach you. She enjoyed going to music
concerts and especially listening to her favorite jazz artist, Brian Culbertson. Lorraine enjoyed
being with friends and family and understood the importance of good friendships and family
togetherness. Lorraine was full of life, conversations, opinions, and your protector. This was her
essence and why people fell in love with her. You always knew where she stood, and she showed
her love for you every day. She was fun, classy, and sassy.
These attributes were why Lorraine was loved and loved being in love…she was not scared to give
love a try over and over again. That bravery gave her cherished memories and life lessons that
She will be remembered for her faith and strength, she fought a tremendous battle with cancer,
she finished the race, and she kept the faith. We will also remember her love for life, love for her
family and friends, her sassiness, class, and professionalism. She will be truly missed by all who
knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her Father: William F. McCray Sr., Mother: Julia E. Cherry,
Stepmother: Betty McCray, Brother: Michael McCray, Sisters: Alisha Cherry, Jaqueline Brown.
On Wednesday, October 27, 2021, while surrounded by loved ones, Lorraine Jackson-Walker,
answered the call from Heaven, and it is there we will see her again.
She leaves to cherish her memory…
SON: Anthony W. McCray; Daughter: LaShon M. Wiggers (Milton)
GRANDCHILDREN: Anthony C. McCray and Brandy L. Taylor
BROTHERS: Ronald McCray (Patrice) and William McCray Jr.
SISTERS: Kimberly Wilcox, Gail Jones (John), Colette Smith, Judith Jamison.
BROTHER-IN-LAW: Leroy Wiggers, SISTERS-IN-LAW: Alberta Smith, Barbara E. Burton,
Ruth Wiggers, Mary Kay McCray; AUNT: Cleaster Mims
SPECIAL FRIENDS: Cynthia Almonor, Julia Kollmyer, Craig Perry, Soraya Powell,
Dorothy Williams, Sherry Bailey, Phyllis Jackson, Margaret Bowser, Cheryl Magee, Velma
AND: a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, “adopted” children,
co-workers, family, and friends.
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