Jeffrey Todd MCCREA
March 15, 1972 – October 1, 2022
Jeff McCrea, much loved husband, daddy, son, brother, and friend, heard the voice of his Heavenly Father say, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” on October 1st, 2022. For 50 years he loved the Lord our God with all of his heart, mind, soul, and strength and love both neighbors and strangers, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Born to Jim and Karen in 1972, he was blessed with parents who loved God and loved each other, outdoing each other with honor, setting the example for Jeff and his older brother Eric and younger sister Erin. He grew up in the sweetness of beautiful church community, rebuilding muscle cars, singing in the youth group choir, starting a lawn mowing business at the age of 12, moving on to car detailing and working at Publix (back when they had to wear penny loafers) throughout high school. He graduated from Wolfson High School in 1990, where he was voted best legs. While studying at THE BEST UNIVERSITY ON EARTH, Florida State, he reconnected with a childhood acquaintance at a church choir reunion. Joye knew immediately that they would be married but it only took him a couple of years to come to the same conclusion. He proposed during a game of white elephant at a Sunday school Christmas party (yes, he rigged the game) and they were married at Lakewood United Methodist Church on Dec. 30th, 1995. They spent a few months in Chattanooga, Tn, but a record freeze and the longing for friends and family took them back to Jacksonville where they made their home. Their brown eyed girl Grace Evelyn was born in 2001 and their blonde baby Noelle Bradley (Ellie) was born in 2003. They loved being in Jacksonville with the Olliff family- Ben and Alice, Cate and Alan and their kids Max, Graham, Sally, and August, Sarah and Darin and their daughter Ruby- and enjoyed many fam jams, holidays (who could forget the traditional Easter blow up water slide) with them and with Jim and Karen, Erin and Jeremy and their kids Marshall and Connor ( and much love of smashing thanksgiving china, moneyball, and a Christmas gift crap shoot.) He worked for amazing companies that make life better for people- Novartis, EMD Serono, and Incyte, where he made life long friends and served and encouraged everyone he met. Jeff loved to sing and served as a worship leader at CrossRoad Church for many years. His adoring bride cajoled him into many skits, including dancing to “the perfect cheer” (yes, there is video.) He has served as a Kid’s ministry leader for 1st and 2nd grade and a Deacon (he went first, served first) at The church of eleven22 Baymeadows for the past 6 years. He found a true brotherhood with the High Impact Men of F3, serving as Natan and spending many mornings getting better and normalizing hugging and saying “I love you, man” in the gloom. (See: Ball of men, Heisen-Hug.) It made him a better man all around. Jeff treated his bride Joye like a queen, intentionally serving, praying, and loving her sacrificially. Early in their marriage he understood her love of travel and experiences, and showered her and the girls with great adventures that they will never forget. But he also brought her coffee in bed and intentionally looked for ways to care for her, daily. He was 110% a girl dad, and so sweet, tender, and fun with Gracie and Ellie. He prayed over them, told them he loved them and that there was nothing they could do about it, (talk about it!) He was the champion of school ride playlist, victory Friday icees, lunch box love notes, emergency hair stylings, covert early morning gas tank fillings, and daddy daughter dances. He took them to Walt Disney World as much as he could, there will never be a better Prince Charming. He loved his Eight Ball Rollin’ crew, vacationing with the Macs- Angie, Brozini (Mac), Macy and Faith, every summer as the McMacs, where he served as Boat Captain Jeffie and burger chef extraordinaire. He said he would NEVER allow a dog to sleep in the bed with him, but that changed when Ollie Osceola came home in July 2020. It breaks our hearts when Ollie waits by the door for Jeff to return from an early morning F3 beat down. Jeff was so strong and so tender, wholly surrendered to his Lord Jesus Christ, and the cancer that ate away at his earthly body can never touch his inheritance or his legacy. He lived in the overflow of God’s goodness and perfect love, and we know that never comes back void. We look forward to celebrating his home going on October 14th, 2022, at 10 am, Church of Eleven22 San Pablo Campus. Please join us as we give thanks for the precious gift of Jeff McCrea. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of Faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. In lieu of flowers, please follow Jeff’s example and donate to Mercy Auto, Hadassah’s Hope, Sponsored by Grace, and Okoa Refuge Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.nationalcremation.com/location/jacksonville for the MCCREA family.See more See Less
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Jeffrey Todd MCCREA
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