Jim McKay, 1937-2015

Jim McKay

Jim McKay

James Magnus McKay Jr., 77, of Conway passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

He was born Aug. 26, 1937, in Hot Springs to James Magnus McKay Sr. and Hazel Nunn Trainer McKay. He served his country in the United States Army and served for many years as a minister in the North Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

His pastoral appointments included 27 years at Salem UMC Conway and 22 years as the director of the Wesley Foundation campus ministry at the University of Central Arkansas, where he helped approximately 40 persons discern a calling to United Methodist ordained ministry, and influenced the lives of many other young people who counted him as a mentor and friend.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Jo Carolyn Cragar; and grandsons Forrest LeVan and Cameron Williams.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Bonnie Plumlee McKay, son James Magnus McKay III of Conway, daughters Suzanne McKay of Conway and Nancy Morris (B.J.) of Conway. Other survivors include sister Patricia Davis of Roe, Arkansas, grandchildren Caroline Rodgers (Cheney) and David Douglas along with a host of extended family and friends.

A funeral service was held Friday, July 10, 2015, at First United Methodist Church Conway, with the Rev. Michael Roberts officiating. Burial followed Shady Grove Cemetery in Clarendon, with the Rev. Daniel Kirkpatrick officiating. Pallbearers were Cheney Rodgers, B.J. Morris, David Douglas, Dee Davis, Ray Nabholz and Daniel Kirkpatrick.

Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church Clarendon, 121 N. 3rd Street, Clarendon, AR 72029.