LT McQuay

October 11, 1924October 2, 2019

LT McQuay was born to Samuel McQuay and Mahala (Cooper) Smith in Buckner, Arkansas on October 11, 1924. He was a faithful servant of the People’s Institutional Baptist Church in Seattle, WA. He served as an Usher for over 50 years, and Choir Member. He will be fondly remembered by his host of family and friends as “THE HARDEST WORKING MAN YOU EVER DID SEE.” Proof of his tireless work can be found in Ruston, LA were a street, “McQuay Drive” was Dedicated in his honor. He served briefly in the U.S. Army, worked at Todd’s and Lockheed Shipyards as a Ship Scaler, as well as the Yellow Cab Company where his call sign was “Raring to Go.” After he retired, He began a new career as a Landscaper. He loved to sing, fish, and enjoyed a good laugh or two. Two of his favorite mottos were, “Find a way or make a way,” and “if a man doesn’t work, a man doesn’t eat.” Mr. McQuay peacefully departed this life on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Viewpoint Family Adult Home in Kent, Washington. He leaves to cherish his memories Two (2) sons, John McQuay, and Tim-Tim McQuay, Four (4) daughters, Barbara Pugh, Juanita McQuay (Nashville, TN), Rayette Aaron (Richard), and Christine Provost; Also, a host of Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, Great-Great Grandchildren, Nieces, Nephews, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel McQuay and Mahala (Cooper) Smith, one (1) son, Charles McQuay, four (4) sisters, Nonnie Lee, Myrtle Jean, Jennifer, and Aileen, One (1) Brother, Richard, and His beloved Grandparents, Hugh and Minnie Cooper. He was further survived by his cherished friend Helen McQuay


  • Homegoing Celebration Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • Entombment Service Wednesday, October 9, 2019


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Paula Henderson

October 9, 2019

My condolences to my sister from another mother, Juanita McQuay, and the entire family for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. McQuay (J's Daddy) a couple of times and he had the sweetest spirit - and always wanted to be working. As you celebrate his life today, my thoughts and prayers are with you to strengthen and comfort you. God bless you all!

Michael Aaron

October 8, 2019

My grandday, L. T., better known as Papa was a man of little classroom knowledge but when it came to O. J. T., On the job training, he was the one to call, the one to rely on. Papa was the man.
I was often called his shadow. Whatever papa did to accomplish his goal I tried. In every case when I did what he told me, showed me, or I seen him do. I too accomplished as well.
Im one witness among many that can testify to the fact that it wasn't for his lessons in religion, landscaping, architectural work, the meaning of family coming together if for nothing else but to pray, and the like he shared with anybody and everybody who'd listen. The knowledge that we gained in those areas I don't believe we'd possess. I love and thank him for this. His teachings have brought me a might long way. His teachings will carry me on till him and I meet again on some uncloudy.

Angel Davis

October 8, 2019

I remember LT as being a very kind and gentle spirit. I'm so sorry I didn't get the opportunity to visit before he passed. I'm sending my deepest heartfelt condolences to the entire family. There will never be anyone that can replace him and he will truly be missed by me! Rest In Heaven God's faithful soldier till we one day meet again.❤

Richie Harding

October 8, 2019

Thank you for being the great man you are. I have always remembered what you taught me, what you told me, and the wonderful days working with you. You are a great man. Rest Sir

Dr Jim Brass

October 7, 2019

A good, kind and Godly man. He made the community a better place.

Gregory Banks

October 7, 2019

I was fondly adopted to the family when I was in the 9th grade and was at the house watching a movie with Sam and Juanita. I got scared and let out a cuss word. Pappa L.T. came in the room just as I let it out. He did not raise his voice but in just the cool way that he could do he said "young man you will tore up using that kind of language around here". From that point on I have been a family member. Ate dinner with Grandma Mahala on 28th and lunch with Aunt Mary on Cherry. Pappa taught me the meaning of hard work, I don't remember how many time he told me "if a man don't work a man don't eat". I was proud to call L.T. McQuay, "Pappa". Thank you for sharing your father, uncle, grand and great grandfather with me.