Ms. Courtney Ann McRae (aka Patty), age 38, was born on Oct. 16, 1983 at Montgomery Memorial Hospital in Troy to Duressia McRae and Freddie Butler. She entered eternal rest on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022.
Courtney was preceded in death by her grandmothers, the late Learlene McRae and Callie Belle Butler Gaddy; and her paternal grandfather, Freddie Armstrong.
Courtney was very close to her family. She was surrounded by siblings and cousins and valued those relationships. Courtney also valued and fought for her life. She loved interacting with friends and family, and she never met a stranger. Courtney was a person with a big heart and she never had anything bad to say about anyone.
Courtney began her mission as a Christian at a very young age. She attended Macedonia Church Of God in Ellerbe, where she was inspired under the leadership of her aunt, the late Hattie McRae Baldwin. Courtney also sung on the youth choir while attending Macedonia. She was taught to put her trust in God and to be respectful. As the years went by, Courtney continued to attend church and made Christ Memorial Holiness Church Of God In Christ her church home. Courtney joined the church under the leadership of Vice Bishop Dr. David Brown and First Lady Margo Brown. She loved the spirit that those two leaders carried and exemplified. During her membership at Christ Memorial Church, Courtney enjoyed helping in the kitchen and doing whatever was needed to be done. Courtney remained an active member until her death at the age of 38.
Courtney never complained about her sickness. Many people didn’t know that she was sick because she lived every day to the fullest. She always put her faith and trust in God.
Courtney was educated in Richmond County Schools. Specifically, she attended Ellerbe Primary School, Ellerbe Junior High School, and graduated from Richmond Senior High School in 2002. After graduating from high school, Courtney pursued cosmetology coursework at Sandhills Community College. During that time, Courtney met one of her closest friends, Ms. Sirena Flowers. The two developed a bond for life as they both enjoyed a love for fashion and hair products. Later, Courtney was inspired by the love of working with adults with disabilities. While working in that field, she met Janice Thomas, also a lifelong friend.
She leaves to cherish her memories her mother, Duressia McRae of Ellerbe; father, Freddie Butler (JoAnne) of Pekin; two sisters, Tanisha McRae of Charlotte and Tenika Crump of Norwood; one special brother and caregiver, Michael Dekota McRae, J.D. of Rockingham; and a stepbrother, Brandon Alston of Pekin; aunts, Judy Steele of Mount Gilead, Betty Spencer of Ellerbe, Roberta Gaddy (Nisee) of Apex, Erica Armstrong and Veronica Armstrong, both of New York; uncles, Johnny Carpenter of Mount Gilead, Darryl Butler (Kisha) of Rockingham and Jeff Armstrong (Kimberly). She leaves three special cousins, Cynthia Baldwin, Robinette Baldwin and Angela Baldwin, all of Ellerbe; family friend Mike Jasper of Rockingham; and a host of other cousins, friends and family.
Courtney did not have children of her own, but she fostered many children though Pinnacle Family Services. She loved working with those children by becoming a positive role model for them. She nurtured children as if they were her own. Courtney encouraged all of her foster children to strive to be their best.
Courtney will be greatly missed, and her memory will live on through those who cherished her.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2022 at Christ Memorial Church, 1110 E. Washington St., Rockingham.
Viewing is 1:30-6 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2022 at McLendon Funeral Home, 1429 Green Lake Road, Ellerbe.