Mary R. McCracken


Mary R. McCracken, 79, of Delano, went home to be with her Savior on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, at her home surrounded by her family and a close family friend.

Mary was a native and longtime resident of Bradley County, before she and her family relocated to Polk County. She will be remembered for being a hard worker and helper on the family farm. A loving mother, and a sweet Christian lady, she never had a bitter spirit or complaint during her 35-year battle with rheumatoid arthritis.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Bill McCracken; parents, Marvin and Edna Renner; two brothers, Vernon and Carl Renner; and a daughter-in-law, Sandra Cantrell.

Mary is survived by her children, Steve Cantrell of Cleveland, Howard McCracken (Jeannette) of Delano, Carson McCracken (Cayci) of Athens and Denise Dunn (Don) of Old Fort; five grandsons, David McCracken (Shelby) of Sturgis, South Dakota, Logan McCracken of Etowah, Ethan McCracken of Nashville, and Jacob and Jonathan Dunn of Old Fort; and two great-granddaughters, Merida and Eliza McCracken. Mary will be missed by many family and friends.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, at Companion Funeral Home in Cleveland, 2419 Georgetown Road, from 5 to 7 p.m.

There will be a graveside service on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Hilcrest Memorial Gardens in Cleveland.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make contributions to either Macedonia World Baptist Missions in Braselton, Georgia, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

You are encouraged to share a memory of Mary and/or your personal condolences with her family by visiting her memorial webpage and guestbook at



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