Mr. Jackie Burton McCready, 70, husband of Barbara Gail McCready, passed away Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at home surrounded by loved ones. A lifelong resident of Tangier Island, Jackie was born Aug. 25, 1951, a son to the late Jack Wilson McCready and the late Linda Ann Parks McCready.
As a teenager, Jackie began working on the water alongside his father. After many years crab potting and dredging the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, he started a new career as a tugboat deckhand for Vane Brothers, retiring as an engineer in 2016. Always with a smile and never a complaint, Jackie happily served his community and extended a hand to those in need. He was a faithful member of the Tangier Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years, was often called for carpentry work around the island, and was a longtime member of Swain Memorial United Methodist Church. Jackie never took anything for granted. He adored his family, shared an incredible bond with his grandsons, and treasured the many friendships made throughout his life.
In addition to his wife, Barbara, he is survived by his children, Ginna Giles and her husband, Ryan, Jackie Thomas and her husband, Jason; brothers, Danny McCready and his wife, Marsha, Paulie McCready and his wife, Michelle; sister-in-law, Janet Pruitt, and her husband, Larry, all of Tangier; grandsons, Brandon Thomas, Zachary Creedle, Christian Creedle, Kevin Thomas, and Tyler Giles; great-grandsons, Wyatt, Liam, Layton, and Nash Thomas; niece, Virginia Williams; and nephews, Carl Dise Jr., James “Nick” Dise, and Connor and Isaiah McCready. Other than his parents, Jackie was predeceased by his sister, Emma Dawn Dise, and nephew, Daniel McCready.
Funeral services were held at the Swain Memorial United Methodist Church Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Charles W. Parks III, Paulie McCready, and Elder Duane Crockett officiating. Interment was in the New Testament Church Cemetery.
Contributions in Jackie’s memory may be made to Tangier Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 239, Tangier, VA 23440.
Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.