Berneice McRae

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The Lord welcomed Mother Berneice McRae home on November 17, 2022 where she suffers no more. She was born in Fountain, Alabama on October 20, 1947 to Minnie Bell Kyles and Sidney McBride. At the age of 5 in 1952 she lived in Pensacola, Florida. At the age of 12 she lost her mother and then she was raised by her godmother, Mazie Lott. In the year 1970 Sister Berneice McRae and her husband Charles  relocated to Mansfield, Ohio.

She has been a member of New Community Temple for the past 52 years, where she served in the following departments of the church, the Mother’s Board, Prayer Warrior, Delightful Day also serving as the treasurer for the Delightful Day, and Women’s Department Advisor. Those were the committees she served on before going home to be with the Lord. These are other committees Sister Berneice McRae served within her 52 years membership, Assistant Overseer of the Women’s Department to being the Overseer of the Women’s Department, Decoration Department, YWCC, President of the YPWW, Mission, and Treasurer for the Missions Department.

She worked at Mansfield General Hospital (Med-Central) for 5 years. After leaving the hospital she was employed by General Motors where she retired after 30 years of employment. Sister McRae loved the following, music, going to the casinos, and shopping. She had a great love for shoes and traveling to see her family. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. Sister McRae was a very spiritual person who loved the Lord. Her favorite scripture, Isaiah 40:31. She was a great inspiration to many people in and out of the church. She loved going out to eat after church every Sunday.

She is preceded in death by her parents; ex-husband of 17 years, Charles McRae, Sr.; brother, Alfonzo “Gates” Kyles, Sr.; and sisters, Rela Mae Williams and Dorothy Mitchell.

Sister Bernice McRae have made great memories that will be continually shared by her children, Darrell (Mindy), Charles (Jennifer), Patrick (Bridget), and Kimberly McRae; God-son, Cedric Tanner; grandchildren, Darrell (Alexis) McRae, Kelyse McRae, Brooklyn McRae, Jasmine McRae, Patrick McRae, Jr., Tylins Jackson, and Kaleia Bishop; great grandchildren Alexis Dorsey and Noah McRae; sisters, Renee (Gordon) Cartwright of Pensacola, FL., Doris Lott and, Linda Sleepy Lott, both of Lima, OH, and Patricia (Butch) Bradley of Mansfield, OH; special nieces, Wanda (Frankie) Kyles-Smith of Mobile, AL., Nikki (Burton) Hester, and Makaila Bradley; special nephews, Alfonzo Kyles, Jr. of Mobile, AL., Rodney Lott and Elle Randerson Lott both of Lima, OH, Kelvin Crenshaw of Compton, CA, Charles Mitchell of Mansfield, OH (whom she took care of after the loss of her sister); sisters-in-law, Carrie (Donovan) Hedge of Compton, CA., Ann (Washington) Pugh of Cantoma, FL., special daughters that she took in, Rolanda Johnson-Harris, and Bondrian Stinnett; special friends from General Motors, Mary Bond, Diane Black, Daisy Fortner, Vanessa Jefferson, Nicosia “Peaches” Friend, and Cynthia Beard; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Condolence Messages

  1. Ty Mingle-Wright

    My deepest condolences to the family and friends. I’m so heartbroken. Berneice was like a 2nd mom to me. Her home was always open to me. I will love and miss her forever. Kim I love you sis ❤️

  2. Erma Wonita Swanson

    The Woody (Cha-cha). There’s a blessings on the way for you, and the family. David is at peace with God. He is watching over his family. You a good wife, and that’s why you are blessing woman of God.
    I love as a sister in Chirst.
    From the Swanson Family.
    From Erma Wonita Swanson, and the Swanson

  3. This is still so hard to believe. I called her Bernie, we always need this little joke between us as we walked past each other we both would start saying as we did our double our steps say cuse me, cuse me, cuse me and we would both start laughing at each other. She was a very caring person, faithful person to our church. A woman that God used greatly. she is loved by her church family. She would quietly come up to you and give you a word from God. She was one of the great pillars of our church. She loved her children greatly. She is greatly missed. Family you all are in my prayers.

  4. Cedric & Andrew Jackson

    sorry for ur loss we praying for the family and we love u from the jackson family

  5. PASTOR HENRY & ELECT LADY AICE BRADLEY

    TO THE MCRAE FAMILY.
    GOD SAW YOU
    GOD SAW YOU GETTING TIRED, WHEN A CURE WAS NOT TO BE.
    SO HE WRAPPED HIS ARMS AROUND YOU, AND WHISPERED, “COME TO ME”.
    YOU DIDN’T DESERVE WHAT YOU WENT THROUGH, SO HE GAVE YOU REST.
    GOD’S GARDEN MUST BE BEAUTIFUL, HE ONLY TAKES THE BEST
    AND WHEN I SAW YOU SLEEPING, SO PEACEFUL AND FREE FROM PAIN
    I COULD NOT WISH YOU BACK, TO SUFFER THAT AGAIN.
    FROM THE NEW COMMUNITY TEMPLE CHURCH FAMILY
    PASTOR HENRY & ELECT LADY ALICE BRADLEY

  6. Berneice was a beautiful and kind person. She will be greatly missed by many. To the family,
    may you find comfort in the Lord.

  7. Pastor Henry J. Bradley & Elect Lady Alice Bradley

    To the MCRAE FAMILY
    GOD SAW YOU
    God saw you getting tired, when a cure was not to be.
    So He wrapped his arms around you, and whispered. “Come to me”.
    You didn’t”t deserve what you went through, So He gave you rest.
    God’s garden must be beautiful, He only takes the best
    And when I saw you sleeping, So peaceful and free from pain
    I could not wish you back to suffer that again. See you in the morning Berneice,
    The New Community Temple Church Family
    Pastor Henry J. Bradley & Elect Lady Alice Bradley

  8. Minister Barbara A Black-Oluwatuyi

    Sister/Mother Bernice McCrae was also known to me as “Blessed and Highly Favored”. That’s what I always called her, because that is what God calls her. I am grateful for the opportunity to know and love her. She was a gracious lady and an example of womanhood. If you weren’t sure what it looked like to be a “lady”. All that was necessary was to watch Mother Bernice.
    I am not mistaken that Mother Bernice is missed already, but Heaven is throwing a “house party” over her arrival.
    She has been welcomed home. Now, isn’t that what she was living for?

  9. Our Condolences to the Family
    Prayer & Love
    Barbara Simms Family

  10. I will miss you . She was the sweetest person you ever know. Always kind to anyone she meets. Berenice was my Sister friend and I truly loved her. My Deepest Condolences to her Children and family

  11. Christine Canada English

    This is so sad sorry for your loss…rip my friend…

  12. Patricia Harris Pride

    My condolences and prayers to the McRae family.

  13. Kim Hairston-Dismuke

    Praying for the Family. She was always personable and kind when you would see her.

  14. Betty Palmer-Harris

    My sincere condolences to the family of Berneice McRae . My prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. MATTHEW 5:4.

  15. So sorry to hear that Berniece has fallen asleep in death. Pray for comfort and strength for the family and those so close to her that they were considered family. Death was never apart of God’s purpose for man. That is why he promises to eliminate it once and for all and give those sleeping in death a resurrection. We can see her again. May your loving memories bring a small measure of relief. Lynn and Diane

  16. Sending Our Heartfelt Condolences,
    To the entire McCrae & Community Temple Church Family
    Rest in Love – Mrs Mother McCrae,

    Mother Betty Oglesby, Tammy (Oglesby)Macklin &Family

  17. Carrie Crenshaw/Hedge & Family

    Praying for my Family, Bernice you fought a good fight I love you my Sister in law and will always remember how you looked out for my brother through the years thanks for loving my niece and her brothers love from your Family in California.

  18. She will truly be missed I miss her coming to church and her lovely smile. She was a sweetheart gone but not forgotten

  19. Sincere sympathy and condolences to The family. She was so loving and kind and caring about others. From Mary Bond and family. I am going to Miss my sweet friend so much.

  20. Cedric Heather Tanner

    Mother Bernice my spiritual mother you will be truly miss from me and my family you always had a kind word and warm smile very quiet and humble im glad god sent you this way in my life may you take your rest until we meet again love you Tanner family

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