Mr. Frank O. McCrary

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Frank Oliver McCrary (affectionately known as Larry) passed away peacefully among close family on May 2, 2023 in Columbus, Ohio.

Frank was born on July 26, 1935 to Edward McCrary and Fannie (McCrary) Stapleton in Kansas City, Kansas. Frank was the youngest of 13 children. After high school Frank enlisted in the United States Air Force. After serving in the military, Frank’s career included construction work with Labor Local Union 423.

Frank is survived by and leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife and best friend of 59 years Pauline J. McCrary, son Stanford E. McCrary and daughter Sandra J. Gist. Frank is also survived by brothers Isaac (Pauline) McCrary of Columbus, Ohio and George McCrary of Pahrump, Nevada; sisters-in law Vernice Jones, Geraldine Robinson, and Doris Barrett; seven grandchildren, Kendle (Cynthia) Mardis, Stanford McCrary, Jr., Tamika Smoot, Christie Smoot, Sharia McCrary, Dorothy (Jason) Cheeks, and Devin (Lauren) Gist; a legacy of 32 great grandchildren and 28 great-great grandchildren as well as a loving host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents Edward McCrary and Fannie (McCrary) Stapleton; son Frank McCrary, Jr.; brothers Charles McCrary, Robert McCrary, Earl McCrary, Kenneth McCrary, Edward McCrary, Orville McCrary and Joseph (J.T.) Stapleton; sisters Edna McCrary, Alice Keith, and Cliffie Owens; sister-in-law Clara Mae Wooden, and godson Kirk Sutton.

Frank was a kind and friendly person to all, he treated everyone the same whether you were a close relative, friend or someone he just met. He had a big (warm) smile and a big boisterous laugh. Frank was crafty in creating his own DIY home projects (you may not have been able to figure out how things were rigged up but they worked).

One of Frank’s favorite things to do was to watch old westerns and WWF wrestling on TV; he also enjoyed traveling, especially with his wife to Las Vegas and traveling in his very own RV camper out of town. He loved and adored his grandchildren but he would become a special uncle to any child he met. Frank loved family get-togethers; he enjoyed planning outings for family gatherings whether it was a picnic, a trip to the amusement park or just hanging out in the back yard, all in the matter of fun (however he would definitely challenge your patience and work your nerves because he would work you to no end in helping to prepare, everyone had to do their part (“you had to work to play”) but we could say it was all worth it in the end with Lots of Fun.

Larry was noted for labeling everything that belong to him with his initials in big bold letters “F.O.M.” with a paint that still remains on coolers and other items even today. Frank always wanted the biggest and best TV available and any new gadget, he would want the most up to date phone even if it meant with new technology he didn’t know how to operate it.

Frank was known for telling entertaining stories, but sometimes with a hint of exaggeration. There are probably many stories and memories we can reflect on about Frank O. (Larry) McCrary but they probably would all be about the same because there was only one and one only who could match up to “Larry”.

F.O.M. will certainly be missed by all who loved him and had the honor of knowing him.


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Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Friday, May 12, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave. Entombment to be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. To stream the service, read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the McCrary Family, visit

Condolence Messages

  1. Renee and Dwight Smith

    Prayers for Pauline and the McCrary family at this sad time. Keep looking up, God is with you.

  2. Dorothy Cheeks

    We love you Grandpa with all our heart you will definitely be missed love always your favorite Granddaughter and family

  3. I had the honor and privilege of caring for Mr. McCrary as his nurse from the V.A.. He would always thank me for coming. I enjoyed talking with him especially about his younger days. I knew he loved wrestling so one day I showed him a video of my granddaughter wrestling. His eyes got big and bright with a smile that covered the room. My heart will forever be bigger because of him. Thank you sir for your service to our country. God Bless You.

  4. Ramona Crawford

    Fondly remembering Uncle Larry who was beiefly married to my Aunt Dorothy Mae Wright. Fatger if ny sear cousins Frankuw and Stanny whi grew up with all if us cousins at the home if our maternal grandparents, Edward and Lucinda Wright. Rest in peace

  5. Kathryn & Paul Weatherhead

    Reading this memorial for Frank helps me understand how his grandson Devin Gist became the gentleman that he is.

    Kathryn and I send all our sympathies to Pauline McCrary, Sandra Gist, Devin Gist, Lauren Gist, and all the family and friends.

  6. Helen L. Combs

    I’d like to offer my condolences to Pauline & Family. I met you while driving for Lakefront Lines on many of your travels with Myrtle & Mickey. Then I also found out from my neighbor Mrs. Stone, when she told me about Larry’s passing. Please keep in touch.

  7. I am George’s daughter Cynthia. I just found out yesterday about my uncle’s passing. Although I never met him, I have heard lots of stories about him from my father. I would have loved to be there for the funeral and to offer my condolences in person. George asks about his brothers all the time and misses them.

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