Bob McKay

January 20, 1932August 12, 2018
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On August 12, 2018, Robert Herman McKay passed peacefully into the presence of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ at the age of 86 after a long courageous battle with cancer. Bob is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bonnie, his children Robert (Mindy) McKay, Tracey (Michael) Wilkinson, and Pamela (Sean) Shepard, in addition to his six grandchildren Matthew (Min) McKay, Emily Wilkinson, Amy Wilkinson, Audrey Wilkinson, Sarah Shepard, and Hannah Shepard. Bob was born January 20, 1932, in Cumberland County, Virginia; his parents, Hazel Oscar and Elnora Bertha McKay moved the family to Farmville Virginia where Bob was raised. After graduating from Cumberland High School, he joined the Air Force and served as Staff Sergeant in Korea. After his military service he settled in Houston where he raised his family and worked at KHOU-TV as a camera man and film editor for 40 years. Highlights of his professional career include covering Hurricane Carla in 1961 with Dan Rather and meeting celebrities and political figures at the television station. Upon retirement, Bob and Bonnie traveled extensively, visiting places abroad and throughout the United States. As members of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Bob served on the church Vestry and became Junior Warden during his second term. In addition, he served as an usher and worked in the church resale shop. We are grateful to the nurses and caregivers at Houston Hospice for their devoted care. A funeral service for Bob will be held on Saturday August 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 1656 Blalock Rd, Houston, TX 77080. A viewing will be held Friday August 17, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Rd, Houston, TX 77055. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Christopher's Episcopal Church would be greatly appreciated.


  • Bob is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bonnie, his children Robert (Mindy) McKay, Tracey (Michael) Wilkinson, and Pamela (Sean) Shepard, in addition to his six grandchildren Matthew (Min) McKay, Emily Wilkinson, Amy Wilkinson, Audrey Wilkinson, Sarah Shepard, and Hannah Shepard.

  • John Aikman
  • Van Valentine
  • Michael McKay
  • Matt McKay
  • Mike Wilkinson
  • Sean Shepard


  • Visitation Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Burial Monday, August 20, 2018

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Anthony (tony gene) Carey

August 20, 2018

Previous memory shared is about Mr. Bob and Miss Bonnie.
I knew this beautiful family from the mid-sixties to the mid-seventies.

Robert was a good friend but he was closer to my brother than me. One night before bedtime and after supper we were sitting on the curb the three of us. We were sitting by Mr. Bob’s 1965ish Mustang. We always called Robert …Michael. So Michael is rubbing the top threads of the tire with one hand and finds a nail. He is like what is this and pulls it out. The tire deflates. Mr. Bob comes out and we change the tire. Miss Bonnie once told me when I was older than six that we always asked her if Mackel could come out and play when we came to the door.
Lastly there are these two little precious girls. I was around ten and they were around four-ish. I would be walking and they would be in their front yard. Now in my subdivision a yard not on the corner was small. Theirs had a front yard smaller than eight suv’s now, probably six with hedges and driveway. They would yell “hi” and be standing at their grass curb line. (Because you cannot go into the street!) I would wave and say hi back and then they would yell, “Can you ask your mom if you can come over?” I would just walk over and play for a while in these little girl’s whole front yard world.
It was the best world.
Anthony Gene Carey or tony gene.

Anthony (tony gene) Carey

August 20, 2018

Dear Bonnie, Robert, Tracey and Pamela,
I knew your family in the mid-sixties to the mid-seventies. I was roughly five to fourteen. Robert was two maybe three years older than me. We lived across a street and two houses down from the McKay’s.
Mr. Bob brought us home movies (reel to reel, for lack of the correct term) to watch when we had sleepovers. We watched things like Laurel and Hardy, The Wolfman and others. It was a treat because there was no such thing as a VCR at that time. Mr. Bob took us through KHOU 11 at least once. I could not believe that the news caster’s show was in an open room. It had no walls. Another gentleman there gave me a commercial that he had de-spliced from a movie. I thought it was the coolest thing. I kept it for years. Television was changing from black and white to color at this time.
Miss Bonnie was the greatest. One time when my brother got a stereo and he was playing it loud. My father I guess called her and told her to call back and pick on my brother. Now this again is the sixties we had a phone in the kitchen on the wall and one in my mother’s bedroom. Well my brother and I are in our room and my brother is playing loud music and the phone rings. My brother runs down the hall to the kitchen and answers it. Well Miss Bonnie tells him to play that song again it’s her favorite. My brother is shell shocked because there is no way she heard that at her house. It took him a minute but I believe he figured it out. Miss Bonnie was so cool.


Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Hatfield II

August 19, 2018

His dry, salty wit was wonderful! Bob, really made my husband Rob be on his toes when they served together as ushers at St. Christopher's! Rob really enjoyed Bob's jokes and candor. We will miss him greatly.

Van Valentine

August 17, 2018

Bob, I'm going to miss your smile and fun stories about your life experiences. Your dedication to St. Christopher's is a special legacy that you leave with us. Godspeed until me meet again.

Ellen Valentine

August 17, 2018

Sweet Bob McKay. One of the nicest people in the world. God has gained a special angel. May he Rest In Peace and know he is truly missed and loved by everyone who knew him.

Michelle Robinson

August 16, 2018

Going to miss his smiling face! So glad we got to know you these last few years! Rest in Peace dear friend and condolences to the family❣️

Madeline Greer

August 16, 2018

Such a sweet guy, always a twinkle in his eye. Rest in peace friend❤

Ann Seitz

August 16, 2018

Bob was my Vestry buddy ❤️ . We served together for four years. I will miss him more than I can say. Love and condolences to the family.

Maynard Mckay

August 14, 2018

All ways acted professional bestbuddy a fellow could have