|Birth: ||Apr. 1, 1961|
|Death: ||Aug. 4, 1988|
Luke was the second of five sons born to Patricia "Brady" McCain and William McCain. His older brother Danny was just three when he was born and remembers asking on the way home from the hospital with his new brother if he could play "army men" with him when we got home. Later they would play for hours with those little men in the backyard sand pile. Luke had three younger brothers, Mark, Matt, and Bill.
When Luke was born there was a popular TV show called "The Rifleman" whose name was Lucas McCain. When his teachers did roll call in school, he was teased by his friends who called him The Rifleman too, which of course he secretly enjoyed. Luke was a bright and happy child with a sunny smile and made friends easily during his early school years. He loved school and his teachers loved him, writing notes in his report cards about what a joy it was to have him in their class.
When he started school, he wanted to be a Junior Traffic Police like his older brother Danny. It was directed by the Montgomery Police Department at that time, and was considered an honor to be selected. Luke was selected and at the end of his first year, they went to a two-week summer camp. Luke, being the youngest, was only allowed to go because his older brother would be there. Since they were in different cabins due to their ages, Danny wasn't always able to keep an eye on his little brother. When they got home from camp, Luke's bag had never been opened. Everything was still just as it had been when he left home. Not only had he not brushed his teeth for two weeks, but he had not even changed his underwear. Fortunately, they went swimming every day so at least he was clean. Danny confided later that he didn't have a very good time because he was worried about Luke, but Luke had a great time! Danny and he each served five years as Junior Traffic Police before graduating to Junior High School, and his younger brothers, Mark, Matt and Bill each served five years.
Luke loved to read, taking after his mother and his Grandmama Brady who both were avid readers. Many Sunday afternoons after church, his mother would take the boys to the Montgomery Public Library downtown where he would check out the maximum number of books allowed and would have read them all long before it was time to return them. At age thirteen, he had read the entire set of World Book Encyclopedias including the Yearly Annuals, and the set of World Book Child Craft Encyclopedias. Luke was an extremely brilliant child. Many times he would sit in the backyard swing under the pecan tree for hours, then come inside and sit at the kitchen table while I was cooking dinner and talk of all the things he had been thinking about. At dinner, he was constantly being reminded to stop talking and eat, but he was not silent for long. He talked of things so far beyond his age level, and were often difficult for an adult to comprehend.
He loved music and played saxophone in the band in Junior High School for three years and then in the Robert E. Lee High School Marching Band. He played saxophone in the Symphonic Band and learned to play the trombone and the oboe. He loved to play the piano, especially Classical, Jazz and Ragtime music. Two of his Ragtime favorites were Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" and "Maple Leaf Rag", which he played beautifully. He learned to tune pianos and spent a good deal of time doing that. He did not get into trouble, rebel, or get involved in drugs as many kids his age did. He had a great love of the outdoors and would spend hours walking at home and also through the woods at his grandparent's home in the country. He loved animals, especially the old mule that his Granddaddy had, and when visiting would always take it a treat to eat. He really loved that old sway-backed mule.
Luke and his brothers were all close as they grew together. Luke was almost nine when his baby brother Bill was born. They formed a very close bond despite their age difference and Luke taught him to play chess when he was about six and also to play the piano. When his friends came over to play board games, Bill was always included. They were best pals and Luke called him "Will" and was the only person who ever called him by that name. Luke always loved holidays, and at Christmas, when he and his brothers were younger, they would save their money, draw names, and exchange gifts. Luke always wanted to draw Bill's name and if he didn't get it, he would swap names with another brother so he could get Bill a gift. Luke was very thoughtful in selecting gifts which is evidenced by the collection that his mother still has displayed with love and pride.
When Luke was nearly sixteen, he began to withdraw and his personality changed drastically. As his withdrawal escalated, he exhibited signs of depression and other major symptoms that were not typical of his usual out-going happy nature. He was taken to, and examined by doctors, including mental health experts, and was given many different tests including an I.Q. test where he tested in the genius range. Unfortunately, he was also diagnosed with a mental disease that was to take over his life. While being treated by psychiatrists in hospitals during the next few years, he was placed on medications and was told by doctors that he would have to take them for the rest of his life. During this difficult period he graduated with his class at Murphy High School in Mobile, Alabama where he had been transferred, due to his ongoing therapy and treatments. When he returned home, he had improved greatly. His out-going nature had returned and he found a job with a national retail store in Montgomery and was soon promoted to assistant manager. Later, he became manager of the Montgomery Division of another large company. Things were going well for him at this time and he appeared to be quite happy and well adjusted.
Luke was twenty-seven when he stopped taking his medications without consulting his doctors. He had confided that he did not want to spend the rest of his life medicated and thought he could do well on his own without them. At this young age, he lost his battle with a disease that he had fought so hard to conquer. Our world, as we had known it, would never again be the same. A part of each one of us, who loved him so much, went with him. Luke will always be loved and remembered as the delightful child that he was; and as the loving, brilliant, and talented young man that he had become. He now rests beside his brothers Danny and Mark in the place where he spent so much time as a boy; at the old home place of his grandparents, where the Brady Cemetery is located, and where his grandparents are now buried. It is a serene and beautiful place, near the shade of an old oak tree overlooking the pond and the woods where he spent so many happy hours, in the place that he loved most.
Luke's paternal grandparents were William Daniel McCain and Pearl Etta "Dees" McCain. His grandfather died of a heart attack at the age of thirty-four. Both his paternal grandfather and great-grandfather were police officers with the City of Montgomery. His maternal grandparents, Lewis Brady and Thelma "Burke" Brady lived in the Pintlala community in Montgomery County, Alabama. His Granddaddy was born and lived there all of his life, and his Grandmama moved there in her teens, where they met and married.
Maintained by: Patricia Brady McCain
Originally Created by: Diggin' Up Bonz
Record added: Aug 02, 2010
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