On September the 30th our beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend passed away after a short period in the hospital. Joseph Murphy McRae was 78 years old.

He was born in Troy to Will Duncan McRae and Willie Cornelius Brown McRae.

He was the baby and the last of his five siblings, Brownie Saunders McRae, Matthew McRae, Jaunita Sweeny, and Buster Brown McRae.

He joined the Navy when he was 17 and was known in the service as Mac. He stayed in active duty for 20 years. During his service he was a hull technician. He earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer. During his service on the Spiegel Grove they were responsible for recovering the Apollo 14 space capsule when it landed in the Atlantic Ocean. This was as well mentioned at the time in the Montgomery Herald under the caption “Local Man Aboard Apollo Recovery Ship.”

After he retired from the Navy he worked in Civil Service on Norfolk Navel Base and Damn Neck Navel Station in Virginia Beach for 23 years before retiring permanently.

Joseph married his childhood sweetheart, Sarah Bruton McRae, at a very young age - she always thought he looked an awful lot like Elvis and how could she not fall in love with a man that handsome!!! His wife will continue to live at their home on Topsail Island.

They have two children, Joseph David McRae who lives with his husband Robbert Kieboom in the Dordogne, France; and Marisa Joy McRae who lives with her husband Roy Burchette in Troy.

Their grandchildren are respectfully, Chelsea Burchette and Chris Ely, Chad Burchette and Kaitlin Hallyburton, Casey Burchette, Corey Burchette and Summer Dunn, and Crystal Burchette.

They have as well one great-grandchild, Willow Grace born to Chad and Kaitlin.

We will be celebrating his life at The Sweet Tee Cafe in Troy this Saturday at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. This will be a simple catered event to remember and celebrate a wonderful man’s life.

Please no flowers etc... we will be happy to receive donations for the Bruton Family Cemetery. Thank you – The Joseph Murphy McRae Family.