Joint services held for Rubye M. McKay James and C. L. "Buddy" McKay April 19
C. L. "Buddy" McKay, 66, retired from Big Three Lumber Company of Marks after 30 years, died April 15, 1998. Services were held on Saturday, April 19, at 1:00 p.m. at Swan Lake Association Central Building with Rev. L. C. Tyler, Rev. John Cummings and Rev. Jeffrey Williams officiating. Interment was in Shady Grove Cemetery. Delta Burial Corporation of Marks had charge of arrangements. Mr. McKay suffered a heart attack when informed of the death of his daughter, Rubye James.
McKay was born May 17, 1921, in Drew to the late Ben and Carrie McKay. He confessed a hope in Christ at an early age in Lambert and was a faithful deacon of Unity Baptist Church.
Upon completion of high school, he was inducted into the United States Army where he served three years and was honorably discharged. Mr. McKay was president of the Senior Citizens Club, member of the Board of Quitman County Development Organization and was a Mason at the Crowder Lodge.
He married Ella Frances McKay, who preceded him in death. They had seven children: five daughters, Mildred (Sam) Martin, Thelma Smith, Marilyn (Hamp) Patterson, Mavis (Keith) Randle, and Rubye McKay James (who preceded him in death); and two sons, Ben (Sandra) McKay and Conrad (Marilyn) McKay.
Mr. McKay later married Earnestine Jeffrey and they had a daughter, Maxine Mitchem.
He is survived by his wife, Ernestine five daughters, Mildred Martin, Thelma Smith, Marilyn Patterson, Mavis Randle, and Maxine Mitchem, two sons, Ben McKay and Conrad McKay, two sisters, Eula Mae Porter and Essie Lee McKay, 22 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers for Mr. McKay were Victor McClain, Rufus McClain, Bobby Jackson, Bill Lang, James Figgs, and Tommy Jackson. Honorary pallbearers were Conrad McKay, Morris Williams, Hamp Patterson, Gregory McKay and Michael McKay.
Quitman County Democrat, April 23, 1998
Rubye Marcelle McKay James
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