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Charline Charlton McKay

Charline McKay obitCharline Charlton McKay was born June 24, 1932 in Huntsville, Texas to parents, Ethel Charles Charlton and Mollie Kate Nettles Charlton. She was the middle child of five children. She went on to be with her Lord on February 6, 2021 in the Winfield Nursing Center at the age of 88years.

Charline graduated from Huntsville High School and then attended Sam Houston State Teachers College, also in Huntsville. While attending Sam Houston, she met the love of her life, Joseph Thornton McKay from Dekalb, Texas who had returned from serving in the U. S. Army during World War II.

Joe and Charline were married in Huntsville on December 17, 1950. They were blessed in this union with daughters, Debbie and Sandy and son, Mike.

Charline chose to be a stay at home mother while Joe’s job with the United States Soil Conservation Service moved them to seven different Texas cities. She enjoyed cooking, child rearing and sewing. In fact, she made nearly all of the clothes her daughters wore.

As the children went off to school, she took on the job of typing records for a stenographer in Nacogdoches. After the family was transferred to Crockett, she worked in the school preschool program before becoming the secretary for the Crockett-Lovelady Special Education Co-Op. She retired from her position with the schools after 30 years of service.

Charline and Joe were among the founding members of the Grace Street Church of Christ in Crockett. She served the Lord and the congregation as Bible Class teacher, deacon’s wife, and later as an elder’s wife. She truly loved the Lord and His Church and faithfully attended every service and activity until her health began to fail. She spent her final 14 months in the Winfield Nursing Center. She was known to be a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt to all who were privileged to be her family.

Charline was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Joe McKay, her parents, Charlie and Mollie Charlton and her parents-in-law, Dewey and Odra McKay. She is also predeceased by her brother, Johnny Mack Charlton as well as brothers-in-law, Bob Reed, Bill Lewis, Butch McKay, Dale Walraven and sister-in-law, Pat McKay.

Charline is survived by daughters, Deborah Jo Garner and husband, Dr. John Garner of Crockett, Sandra Lynn Bradshaw and husband, Mitchell of Westcliffe, Colorado and son, Michael David McKay and wife, Pam of Trinity.

Mrs. McKay is also survived by grandchildren, Joel Garner and wife, Angela of Garland, Jonathan Garner and wife, Morgan of Lubbock, Jillian Clark and husband, Nathan of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Stacy Wilson and husband, Rusty of Flint, Cam Schaefer and husband, Keith of Austin, April Revere and husband, Kevin of Hutto, Lindsey McKay of Austin and Michael McKay of Huntsville.

She leaves behind great-grandchildren, Isabel and Julian of Garland, Brynn and Jack of Lubbock, Colin, Peyton, Brady, and Sawyer of Hutto, Matthew, Haleigh, and Cobey of Flint, Kylie, Chase, and Brooklyn of Austin.

Also left to cherish her memory are sisters, Mary Reed of Corpus Christi, Virgie Lewis of Midland, and Shirley Kelton and husband, Fred of Normangee, sisters-in-law, Kathryn Diehl and husband, Bob of Missouri City and Ophelia Walraven of Dekalb as well as numerous nephews, nieces and loving relatives.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staffs of Winfield Nursing Center and Traditions Home Health Care for their many acts of kindness. Charline’s family would also like to acknowledge the special blessings of love given to them by their Grace Street Church of Christ family.

Funeral services for Charline Charlton McKay will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 13, 2021 in the Grace Street Church of Christ building located at 124 South Grace Street in Crockett, Texas, Dr. John Garner and Mitch Bradshaw officiating. Family visitation will be one hour prior to the service also at the church building.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Jacob Neal Scholarship Fund in care of the Grace Street Church of Christ.

For those unable to attend in person, the service will be streamed live on the Grace Street Church of Christ in Crockett, Texas Youtube channel.

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  1. Rickie and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. McKay. We were so lucky to have them as next door neighbors on Forehand Street when we lived in Crockett. Mrs. McKay was a very good cook and always brought us goodies.

    The family will be in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

  2. Debbie and Johnny, all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I remember her fondly and she was so nice. I am glad she is now in heaven. Rest In Peace!!!

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers of comfort to all of you. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  4. What a very special lady!
    My heart and prayers go to each and every family member. Mrs. McKay leaves behind a wonderful legacy. Such an nspiring woman who loved her Lord and taught her children and grandchildren to do the same. I always admired the sweet loving relationship she had with Mr. McKay, the way they looked at each other and the the way they held hands. What a testament to the love between a husband and wife.
    I didn’t know Mrs. McKay well, but I loved hearing Pam talk about her Mother-in-love. I know she will truly be missed by all❤.

  5. Prayers to so many of this family I have come to know through the years. May God comfort you as He welcomes your loved one home.

  6. Mrs. McKay was such a precious sweet lady. We love you all and pray God’s blessing of comfort surround you as you cherish your time together and celebrate her life and legacy.

  7. Seems that I stay behind in hearing such sad news. I am so sorry to hear about your mother, Debbie. My prayers are with this family. ❤️

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