The Woodward News


December 28, 2012

Jim McKay

Woodward, Okla. — Jim McKay, 63 year old Woodward Businessman,  died Wednesday, December 26, 2012 in Oklahoma City.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church in Woodward with the Reverend Shane Rackley officiating.  Burial will be held at the Magnolia Memorial Cemetery in Bristow at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 30, 2012.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Jimmy Ray McKay was born on August 10, 1949 in Claremore, Oklahoma to James Arley and Louella McKay.  He was reared in Bristow and attended school there, graduating from Bristow High School.   Jim attended Oklahoma State University.  He was inducted into the United States Army in 1969 and served his country until being honorably discharged in 1969.

He was united in marriage to Brenda Cruce on February 24, 1968 in Bristow, Oklahoma.  They made their first home in Bristow, but also lived in Oklahoma City, Muskogee, Broken Arrow, and Idabel before moving to Woodward.    Jim started in the Automobile business in 1973 and has owned McKay Ford since 1995.  Jim worked in every aspect of the car business.

Jim was a member of the Choska Indian Methodist Church.  Jim worked hard to support his family and he was very proud of Woodward and tried to support his community as much as possible.  He enjoyed golfing, playing poker, the slot machines and going to Las Vegas.  What Jim loved the most was spending time with his grandson, Jaxson, who he loved dearly.  He enjoyed working the car business, spending time with friends and traveling.

He is survived by his wife Brenda McKay of the home; one son, Jimmy McKay and wife Melanie of Woodward; one daughter Dana McKay of Edmond; one wonderful grandson, Jaxson Ray McKay; one brother, Eddie McKay of Bartlesville; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ron and Tina Cruce of Bristow; his Aunt Lillian Miller; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louella and Arley McKay, and his brother, Steve McKay.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodward Moose Lodge #452 with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

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