Rex Y. McCrackin, was born February 12, 1962 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the first child out of five born to the union of the late Glenn “Hollywood” McCrackin and Shirley Mae McCrackin-Adams. Rex accepted Christ at an early age. In 1983 Rex began his Christian journey as a member of Revelations Baptist Church under the leadership and guidance of Rev. Daniel Smith. Soon after that Rex transferred his membership and served as a Deacon at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Rev. Sherwin Ealy Sr., leaving this earthly life under the leadership and guidance of the current Pastor Jonathan Brown.
On Sept. 10th, 2018, God decided that it was time to call our beloved Rex home to rest and be with the Lord; at an early age of 56. “St. Paul says that ‘to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord’ (2 Cor. 5:8)
Rex graduated from Mt. Healthy High School in 1980. He was lovingly nicknamed “Bear” by his family and friends. After graduating high school Rex pursued his career as a LPN working at Good Samaritan Hospital Cincinnati, Ohio for many years; later working at Mercy Hospital Hamilton/Fairfield where he met Debbie.
On September 13, 1995 Rex was joined in Holy Matrimony to his wife Debbie of 24 years. In this union he gained 4 step-kids and 6 grand-kids. Rex was a bright and powerful spirit, everywhere he went, he would leave a mark on you that you would never forget, if you met Rex once, you made and had a friend for LIFE. Rex loved life, everything about it and lived it to the fullest.
Rex had a heart of gold, he loved Saturday morning cartoons but, his most favor thing to do was to watch Bruce Lee; that was his Karate mentor. He also enjoyed collecting comic books, watching sports, watching and collecting movies as well. However, being around family and love ones made him the happiest. Although, Rex did not have any biological children of his own he inherited 4 step-kids and was a father to many including his siblings and their children. He was also nicknamed “Big Papa”, and took on a huge “role” as a father-figure and role model too many after the early death of his very own biological father. Rex loved his family and his family loved him. We had a saying in our family which was “EVERYBODY LOVES REX”, and “Rex Is the Best” knowing that Rex gave his best at everything he put his heart into.
Rex lived a triumphant life. His understanding of the Lord’s love gave him an unshakeable faith and the ability to move forward regardless of adversity. He had a sincere belief in the Lord, and allowed it to guide him in every aspect of his life. He fought an amazing battle given the challenges he faced over the last 12 years of his life. Rex will be missed by those many friends and family members who LOVED him.
Rex was preceded in death by his father Glenn “Hollywood” McCrackin, His Godfather Rev. Sherwin Ealy Sr. and his nephew Shane McCrackin. Rex leaves to cherished memories his beloved wife Debbie McCrackin, his 4 step-children Kim Platt, Kevin Thomas, Erin Thomas-Link and George Thomas III; His mother Shirley McCrackin-Adams, his siblings: Tracey McCrackin-Burroughs, Stacey McCrackin-Coleman (Andy), Martin McCrackin, and Lashan McCrackin-Elliott; 6 grandkids, 5 nieces, 8 nephews, 14 great nieces and nephews, cousins, and other relatives and many, many friends.
Visitation is from 10:00 am until 11:00 am, on Friday, September 21, 2018, at the Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1525 Lincoln Avenue, Cincinnati (45206). The funeral service will immediately follow the visitation beginning at 11:00 am.
Interment will follow at Vine Street Hill Cemetery, 3701 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220.
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Walker Funeral Home, 7272 Hamilton Avenue, Mt. Healthy (45231) is serving the McCrackin family. Please call (513) 251-6200 or visit www.WalkerFuneralHome.com for additional information.