O.J. “Mac” McKay, a Henryetta resident, died Sept. 10, 2019 in Henryetta at the age of 97. O.J. He was born March 4, 1922 in Hatfield, Ark., to George Washington McKay and Bertha Deora (Latch) McKay.
O.J. grew up working hard on his parent’s farm. He married Bernice Marie Long on May 7th, 1941, in Okmulgee. They began their married life working on the Floyd Gayle Ranch east of Morris. Over the years, he had several jobs which included working at a meat packing plant, repairing wrecked cars for Ross Silvey Motors in Okmulgee, and selling new and used cars. After his first wife Bernice died in a car accident in 1965, he married Margie Thompson of Henryetta Oct. 16, 1969 in Joplin. For many years, he operated a successful used car business that he began in Okmulgee, which he later moved to Henryetta, until he retired from the car business at the age of 75. During his time in Henryetta, he started breeding horses for competition, racing, and show. He is preceded in death by a son Jimmie Ray McKay; three brothers Olen Carter McKay, Doyle Ray McKay, and Jimmie Marcus McKay, Sr.; and first wife Bernice Marie (Long) McKay.
He is survived by wife Margie McKay of Henryetta; brother Lowell Wayne McKay of Cassville, MO; son Junior Lee McKay of Houston, TX; step-sons Jack Deskin of Edmond and Barry Deskin of Tulsa; grandchildren LaRay (McKay) Odum of Houston, TX, David McKay of Broken Arrow; step-grandchildren Jamie (Juno) Meyers of Henryetta and Robert Juno of TX; and several great grandchildren.
Viewing will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 at Integrity Funeral Service.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Integrity Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at the Okmulgee City Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.