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Calvin Douglas McKay

19 September, 194112 July, 2020

C. Douglas McKay of Dunwoody, GA, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020. He was born September 19, 1941, in Atlanta, GA, to Doc and Sadie (Dale) McKay. Doug graduated from Georgia Military Academy, College Park, GA, earned his BS degree from Erskine College, Due West, SC, and later completed his MBA at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Following college, Doug attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in the United States Navy, where he served 3 years aboard the USS Robert H. McCard. During his naval service, he married Virginia Carolyn Cook (Cookie) in 1966. A communing member of Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Doug enjoyed deep fellowship in the Seekers Sunday School Class. In 2004, Doug retired from a career with SunTrust Bank as vice president. Predeceased by his parents, as well as his sister, “Sissy,” Doug is survived by his wife, Cookie; son, Frank McKay and wife, Courtney, of Gainesville, GA; brother Doc McKay, Jr. and wife, Betty, of Sandy Springs, GA; grandchildren Aedyn, Colden, and Iain; nephew Jim McKay, III and wife, Joelynn, of Decatur, GA; niece Fran McKay-Madrid and husband, Scott, of Atlanta, GA; and multiple great-nieces and great-nephews. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to Woodward Academy or the American Heart Association.

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  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, 19 September , 2021

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Hamilton McDonald

27 July 2020

Doug and I were on the Trust Company Bank training program in 1968-69. I had returned from Vietnam in early 68 and left the Army. We had many great times and I will always member Doug as a good friend and fellow veteran. My prayers go out to his family and I know he will be missed.

Harry Wells

21 July 2020

You were a good friend and classmate at GMA. You will be
greatly missed by everyone who knew you. You and Doc were always fun to be with. Good memories forever.

John Smock

19 July 2020

Doug and I were fellow wardroom members and shipmates on the USS McCard (DD822). My wife and I have very fond memories of Doug and Cookie - both back in the sixties in Charleston and from a recent reunion. Doug was a great guy to be with socially, as honest and dedicated as the day is long, and an excellent officer. Cookie was also a joy to be with. Our prayers are with you Doug - you lived a wonderful life!

Michael Gilbert

19 July 2020

Doug and I were shipmates on the USS McCard as young officers in 1965. I have a treasured photo of us in Palma, Majorca . We were friends young and reconnected in later years. He was a calm and steady presence on the ship and I will miss him deeply.
Michael Gilbert

Roger Ridley

19 July 2020

Mr. McKay and I were in DASH school in Norfolk in ’65 but I didn’t really get to know him until we got to the ship. What I didn’t realize at the time was that would be the beginning of a lifelong friendship that I will be forever grateful. He was a kind and gentle man. He was my friend. I will miss him.

Calvin Pepper

19 July 2020

Doug and I shared more than a first name. We served together in DD-822 Robert H. McCard when I was quite a bit younger. Doug was the first officer on board McCard who asked if I would be interested in the Navy’s NECEP program. Apparently he saw something in me I had not seen myself. I never went further than completing applications - Doug left the ship for another assignment and my interest waned without his words of encouragement. He made me think seriously about my future though and I ended up at LSU in engineering after completing my service. Wanita and I loved seeing Doug and Cookie at the reunions. Fair winds and following seas, my friend.
C. E. Pepper ATN-2 Robert H. McCard 1967-1969

Vic Tornero

19 July 2020

Rest In Peace my good friend. Enjoyed your company while both of us served on the Navy’s combatant ship USS Robert H McCard(DD-822) and as a member of the McCard Association. We will miss you but we know you’re in good hands now. In the arms of our good Lord. I wish you the traditional Fair Winds and Following Seas. Until then.......

John Childs

18 July 2020

First time I took real notice of Doug was a group gathered in one of our reunion hospitality rooms. The group was in a discussion about DASH. When I came aboard our main ASW weapon was the ASROC which I contributed to the group had obsoleted DASH. Needless to say my typically reasonable candor based on bad info I found out soon enough raised some hackles in this otherwise congenial group. Doug took over the conversation and with patience and in great detail explained to me the error in the information I had previously received. It was a pleasant but firm re-education and I never looked at the DASH program the same again and learned always to enjoy Doug’s expertise on any subject being kicked around in Hospitality or on tours. We, I certainly will miss him at our gatherings.

Bobby Brown

18 July 2020

What can I say about Doug . He was the kind of man you are blessed to get to meet in your life time . We were so blessed to call him a friend . He was so dedicated to the USS R H McCard DD822 alumni association . If you ever met Doug he was your friend . Till we all meet again my friend , All the above applies to Mrs. Cookie too a great friend too. The picture was at a McCard reunion , we have framed .