Donald Wilson McKay

Obituary Notice


Donald Wilson McKay, age 89, of Little Rock died Wednesday, August 18, 2004. He was born in New Orleans, LA, the son of the late Edwin Wilson McKay and Okallah Gerrans McKay. He was educated in the New Orleans public schools and Tulane University where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He was a veteran of WWII and retired as a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He moved to Little Rock in 1960 and after retiring from Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, devoted himself to community service. A firm believer in education, he served as a substitute teacher for six years. He was a Charter Member of Literacy Action of Central Arkansas, in fact the by-laws of LACA were written in his living room. In his three terms as president, he was instrumental in their growth. He was also an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. He loved family, baseball, books, and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lucy Talley McKay, two daughters, Melissa Colburn of Little Rock and Christine Stephens of Houston, TX, two granddaughters, and two great grandsons.

Memorial services will be Saturday, August 21, at 3 p.m. at the Ruebel Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, the Central High School library or the Humane Society.

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  • I never had the opportunity to meet Donald McKay in person, but I have heard many loving stories from his granddaughter, Shannon Guerra. Donald, may the angels dance and rejoice while they now take care of you. Thank you for loving Shannon and encouraging her in her life. I can not tell you now, but only in my prayers just what a special person your little Shannon has become in so many people's lives. Her love for education must be linked to your desire for literacy and the care of children. I know you have a heavenly view of all your loved ones. May you rest in peace and your family continue to celebrate the joys and cares you have placed in their hearts.
    Glenda R. Croegaert 
    Houston, Texas 
  • Melissa and Family, Our hearts and prayers are with you in your time of saddness. I remember your father well from St. Paul's.
    Dub Allen 
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Dear Melissa, I wan to express my sympathy to you and your family at this time of your loss. I certainly can understand because I lost my husband on August 10. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. 
    Mary Kay Wilson Thomas 
    Little Rock. Arkansas
  • Melissa: So sorry for you loss. I had a lot of respect & admiration for your father.
    Janis Still Tidemann
    Houston, Texas