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Born in 1963, Jackie McCray grew up in Wenonah, a community in the western part of Birmingham, Alabama. She learned to cook from her mother. McCray began working in the food service industry at an early age. She worked for her mother’s catering company.
McCray continued her career in the service industry as a Burger King cashier in the late 1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s, she worked in many fast-casual restaurants throughout Birmingham before taking a healthcare job in patient transport. McCray missed the happier connections she made with people working in restaurants. In 1998, she took a job at Milo’s Hamburgers in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Since then, she has grilled burgers and built relationships with many returning customers.