Raymon McVay, Jr. passed away on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018, at the age of 94 in Arlington, Texas.
Raymon was born in Denison, Texas., Dec. 11, 1923, to Raymon McVay and Willie Mae Zimmerman. He lived most of his life in Ardmore, where he and his wife and lifelong love, Gladys Mae (Fleming) McVay raised their son, Ray Linn.
During WWII he and his brother Harold joined the Merchant Marines delivering supplies to the troops, primarily in the south Pacific. He was proud of his service during that time and recounted stories about it for the rest of his life.
Over the years he held management positions with several companies but his passion was creating and running a wide range of his own businesses including vehicle service, outdoor advertising, real estate, personal and commercial insurance. When not working he enjoyed fishing, bowling, tennis, baseball and carpentry, building three lake houses for his family in Arkansas and Texas. His love of carpentry combined with his strong faith and desire to serve led him to volunteer helping rebuild the facilities at the Baptist Home For Girls in Madill.
Raymon will be lovingly remembered by his son Ray (Barbara) McVay, granddaughters Katharine (Blake) McKamie, Hannah McVay, great-grandchildren Adeline, Annabelle, Jude, sisters-in-law Margie McVay, Martha (Dennis) Britt and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife Gladys, mother Willie, father Raymon, brother Harold, sister Virgil Dean Hill and brother-in-law Carl “Cotton” Hill.
A celebration of Raymon’s life will be held, at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Atria Assisted Living, 355 W. Westchester Pkwy. in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Because he literally wanted to be of service to and help everyone, Raymon supported many causes. If you would like to make a memorial donation to one of his favorite organizations then please consider St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Doctors Without Borders, Baptist Home For Girls, or First Baptist Church in Ardmore.