McCray procession route set

Jack McCray was the personification of "cool."

Wade Spees

In the jazz tradition, Jack McCray's funeral will include a musical procession, beginning at 10 a.m. today at Ansonborough Field (at Concord and Laurens streets).

McCray, Charleston's most vocal and visible jazz advocate and a longtime Post and Courier writer, died last week. He grew up in the Ansonborough neighborhood.

The procession will advance up East Bay Street, go left onto George Street, right onto Anson Street and left onto Calhoun Street before ending at Mother Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St.

The funeral begins at 11 a.m. A public burial follows at Emanuel AME Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established by Jazz Artists of Charleston in McCray's name. The family requested that donations in honor of McCray's legacy be made in lieu of flowers.

Checks made out to the Jack McCray Memorial Fund can be sent c/o Jazz Artists of Charleston, P.O. Box 21756, Charleston, S.C. 29413. For more information, visit