J. T. “Luke” McKay, 85, of Orange, passed away Thursday, Oct. 20, at his residence. Services to remember his life will be at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Old First Orange Baptist Church with Reverend Keith Meyers, officiating. Military honors and interment will follow in Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange.

A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.

Born on Sept. 29, 1926 in Logansport, La. to his parents, Tom McKay and Gertrude (Ricks) McKay, he had lived in Orange since 1943, he worked for the Neches Butane Plant in Port Neches as a pipefitter, retiring in 1986 after 40 years of service and he was a veteran of the United States Navy during World War II.

J.T. will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, who was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He was a deacon at the Old First Orange Baptist Church and a member of the Trailblazers Sunday School Class. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, vegetable gardening, camping with the Good Sam Club and also working with the Volunteer Christian Builders.

J. T. is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert B. McKay and his brother-in-law, Macdane Harris.

Those who will most cherish his memory are his wife of 63 years, Elmarie McKay of Orange; his daughter, Barbara Ryder and husband, Tony Howard of China, Texas; his sons, Kenneth McKay and wife, Peggy of Mauriceville, Jim McKay and wife, Glenda, Jerry McKay and wife, Vina and Ronnie McKay and wife, Anna all of Orange; his sister, Mary Sue Harris of Orange; his brother Tommy L. McKay and wife, Robbie of Orange; eleven grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, two on the way and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

For those who desire memorial contributions, please make a donation in memory of J.T. to the Old First Orange Baptist Church, 7925 I-H 10 East, Orange, Texas 77630-8365.