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“Coach Noel McRae will always be a part of my life. Since the first time we met, in July or August of about 1973 I have not gone more than 48 hours...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Patrick Robinson - Dallas, TX

“Holly and Becky, We are so sorry about the loss of your Dad. He was a wonderful man and I know you will miss him deeply. Our love and prayers to...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Danny & Leanetta Malone - Stamps, AR

“Our prayers are with you all in your loss. ”
3 of 21 | Posted by: Emily Ruth Harper Watson - AR

“David you and your family are in our prayers. Gary and Sheri Jessee ”
4 of 21 | Posted by: Gary and Sheri Jessee - Aurora, MO

“I will never forget the years I spent with Coach McRae from 1973 to 1976. Other than my own Father, no man has meant more to me in my life. ”
5 of 21 | Posted by: Bill Dale - Somerville, NJ

“Holly, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers. ”
6 of 21 | Posted by: Jennifer Hill - Glenwood, AR

“Holly, Butch and I are thinking about you during this difficult time. We pray that God will bless you and keep you strong. Times like these are so...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Margaret Sims - Amity, AR

“Sorry for your loss and my loss as well. Noel Jr. and I started school together about 1936 . He was 11 months younger than me.I have considered him a...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: J.W.Walls - Murfreesboro, AR

“I will miss your presence my dear friend. You lived life like it should be day at a time and filled with laughter and love . Peace and Blessing...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Barbara Bennett - Mountain Pine, AR

“so sorry 4 ur lost ”
10 of 21 | Posted by: donna brassie - willis, TX - none

“robert,sheri brassie 1210 s morgan olney,il ”
11 of 21 | Posted by: robert brassie - olney, IL

“Holly, Brian and I want you to know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time. I know you will miss your dad so much. Please know we...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Susan Skinkle

“David, we were so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: Marks & Marilyn Atkinson - Searcy, AR

“David - I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May God comfort you and your family in the days to come. ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: Lori Hartwick - Little Rock, AR

“It was a pleasure getting to know Noel in our tai chi class at the Oaklawn Senior Center. He always lifted my heart and spirit. He always made me...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Jerry Matlock - Hot Springs, AR

“Sorry for the loss of Mr Mcrae. He was a good man. ”
16 of 21 | Posted by: Richard and Becky Stivers - AR

“I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Noel. He has been a long time friend & Monday morning breakfasts will not be the same without him. His light...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Wesley (Red) Trott Sr. - AR

“have great memories of noel jr. and my brothers. my thoughts are with your family. ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: joyce simmons hale - AR - friend

“My thoughts and prayers to the kids and his wife Opal. Love you guys.Thelma ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Thelma Simon - Murfreesboro, AR

“We wanted to offer our condolences to your family for your recent loss. We all need comfort as we face the sting of death. ( Matthew 5:4) Please be...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: K. Villnova - GA

“Our sincerest condolences, James Bass and the staff of Gross Funeral Home. ”
21 of 21 | Posted by: James Bass - Hot Springs, AR

Noel “Jr.” McRae, 80, of Hot Springs passed away Sunday, February 27, 2011 in Texarkana. Born August 5, 1930 in Bullock Springs, Arkansas to Noel and Hazel Lingo McRae, Sr., he was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Navy, an educator and a retired coach who developed the first football team at both Mountain Pine and Ola High Schools and a coach at the Hot Springs Senior Center for Bean Bag Baseball. The team won Bronze 2009 and Silver 2010 and planned to go for the Gold in 2011. He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Myrtle Sheets McRae, son, Brent W. McRae, two sisters, Pat Ward and Jackie Stanford and granddaughter, Stephanie Rowe.

Survivors include his wife, Opal Frazier McRae of Hot Springs; two sons and one daughter-in-law, David and Rhonda McRae of Little Rock and Bobby Brassie of Olney, Illinois; seven daughters and three sons-in-law, Margaret Lynn and Larry Tribout of Belleville, Illinois, Kathy McRae of Shiloh, Illinois, DeAnn and Charles Almond of Hot Springs, Becky Canaday of Forrest City, Holly Jones of Glenwood, Sharon and Tommy Freeman of Carthage, Missouri and Carla Martinez of Hot Springs; one brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Liz McRae of Ore City, Texas; ten grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Harvey’s Chapel. Honorary pallbearers are assistant coach Roger Tolleson and those who were members of the first football team at Mountain Pine High School and players of the first football team at Ola High School. Cremated remains will be interred at Wesleyan Cemetery in Point Cedar at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Harvey’s Chapel Church, 2515 Mountain Pine Road, Hot Springs, AR 71913