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Richard Franklin McCracken, 85, of Piney Point died at his home on Dec. 23, 2012.

Born July 19, 1927, in Beaufort, S.C., he was the son of the late Colby Mitchell Calvin McCracken and Dorothy Davis McCracken.

On Oct. 26, 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he proudly served as a private first class until his honorable discharge on April 3, 1947.

On Nov. 12, 1988, he married Isabella Judith McCracken at Lincolnia Methodist Church in Alexandria, Va. In 1989, he and his wife began spending weekends in St. Mary’s County. In 1992, they moved from Alexandria and made St. Mary’s their home of residence.

He was self-employed for 43 years as a paint contractor.

He enjoyed fishing and boating, until his boat sunk in Hurricane Isabel. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren, Julian Ayres, Christian Alfonso and Julia Alfonso. He was a member of the St. George Island Improvement Association.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by nine children and his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his three brothers and two sisters.

A memorial service will be held at a date to be determined.

Arrangements are being handled by Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown.