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Mrs. Jane Aretha McRae-Polk (lovingly known as “Sister”) was born on July 2, 1963, in Thomasville, NC to the late Mr. Tharnell McRae and Mrs. Pauline Worthy Blackwell and departed this life on January 28, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, Charlotte, NC.

At an early age, Sister was raised by some beautiful people: her grandparents, the late Mr. Clyde McRae, Sr. and Mrs. Lillian Hinson McRae; aunties, Miss Betty McRae, Miss Sarah McRae, Miss Minnie McRae, Mrs. Edna Lewis, and Mrs. Alice Willoughby; and uncles, Mr. Robert McRae, Mr. Clyde McRae Jr. and Mr. Patrick Lewis, Sr.

Sister was educated in Anson County School System, a graduate of Bowman High School.  She attended North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC. Sister was last employed at Verizon Wireless.

Sister was married to Mr. Gerald Polk for many years.

Sister was a proud lifetime member of Pleasant Hill African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. She served in any capacity that was needed at the church. 

Sister was preceded in death by her husband; grandparents; uncles, Robert and Clyde Jr.; aunts, Alice and Betty; and dear cousin, James Robert Willoughby.

She leaves to mourn her sisters, Delphine McCullough (Kevin), Saundra Gilmore, and Corda McLendon; and brother, Victor Worthy.  Step-sisters, Silda Randleman (Tony), Toby Thomas (John) and Erika Issac (Onslow). Aunts, Sarah McRae, Minnie McRae, and Edna Lewis (Patrick).  Nephews, Terrence Micah Lewis (of the home), Bryan McCullough (Sequilla), Kevin McCullough Jr., Patrick Lewis, Jr., Jalen McCullough, Mekalon Richardson, Brannon Richardson and nieces, Brandi ONeal (Andrew), Kandace Lewis, JaNyla McCullough, and LaToya Gilmore.  Special little nephew, Kayden Amairi Lewis. Eight sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law. Special sisters, Phyllis Fyall (James) and Mary Liles.  Godson, Trevor Fyall and Goddaughter, IKoria Liles.  A host of relatives and friends. 

Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 2, 2017, 1:30pm, Pleasant Hill AME Zion Church, Wadesboro, NC. Burial  followed in the McRae Family Plot of the church cemetery. 

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  • Saturday, January 28, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
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  • Sunday, January 29, 2017
    To the McRae & Polk Families. My heart is heavy with the news of Jane. I am praying much for the entire family. For I am ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith....II Timothy 4:6 &7. The Blessings of The Lord Be With You.
    ~ Sallie Holmes-Gray   Charlotte, NC
  • Wednesday, February 01, 2017
    To the Family: I was so sadden to hear of Jane’s passing. I will always remember her easy going and sweet spirit. She will truly be missed and was loved by many! There are never the right words to express to a grieving loved one left behind! So to that I say cherish all of the many precious memories that each of you have being part of her life and hold on tight to each other, because she will always stay in each of your hearts! I am beyond words for all of the memories that I share with her. Humbly Submitted, Delia Ann Little, Class of 1981, Raleigh NC & Little Family of the Gatewood Station Community.
    ~ Delia Ann Little   Raleigh, NC
  • Monday, January 30, 2017
    To the McCrae Family, My heart goes out to each and everyone of you over the passing of the bright and shiny star that was Jane. She showed love and compassion to all who were blessed to be in her presence. May the life she lived be an example for all to aspire. Praying God continue to show his love and mercy to Delphine and all who grieve her passing. The light in her eyes and soul are gone but she will forever be remembered as the classy and beautiful woman that was Jane.
    ~ Pamela McCullough   Dearborn, MI