Jay McKinney

August 19, 1960January 2, 2019

Jay McKinney, 58, husband, father, son and dear friend to all, passed away on January 2, 2019 at the Woodlands Memorial Hospital in The Woodlands, Texas. Jay died due to complications from liver failure following hip surgery.

Jay was born on August 19, 1960 in Staunton, Virginia to Joe and Kay McKinney. He spent his elementary years in his beloved town of Woodstock, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley. During that time, he made many life-long friendships that he cherished up until the day he died. As a freshman in High School, he relocated with his father to Chantilly, Virginia. He attended Chantilly High School where he excelled at many sports including basketball and football. Following high school, he attended Bridgewater College in Virginia and graduated with a BS in Business in 1983. After college graduation, he relocated to Texas to be closer to his beloved mother. In Texas, he began his career in the hospitality industry focusing on conference sales. Throughout his career, he worked for many properties in Texas; but, his favorite properties were the Sandestin Hilton and the Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort in Florida where he enjoyed much success and cultivated strong collegial work relationships as well as many friends. In recent years, Jay’s career focus shifted to land sales and he sold land for The Preserve in Cleveland Texas and later at The Commons of Lake Houston.

Jay had a passion for his family, sports and classic rock. Jay and Mary were married for 24 years and raised two wonderful sons, Jake (19) and Ty (17). As a child, Jay developed an early interest in sports and participated in baseball, football, basketball, track, tennis, skiing and golf. As a high school basketball player, he was recruited by many colleges and ultimately played for Bridgewater College in Virginia as both a point guard and shooting guard. Later as a father, he channeled this passion into coaching his son’s teams for many years. He was also an avid music lover and had a great passion for Motown music – especially the Temptations. Jay was well regarded for his uncanny ability to recite music and sports trivia. He was a loyal friend to many and known for a gregarious nature, infectious smile and a kind and compassionate spirit.

Jay was preceded in death by his father, Joe and uncle, Neil. He is survived by his wife, Mary, his sons Jake and Ty, his dear mother, Kay, beloved Aunt Joyce, Uncle Donnie and cousins Beth, Debbie, Pamela and Rixey. He also leaves behind cherished life-long friends, Larry, Ham and Kenny and host of other friends – too numerous to mention but loved greatly.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, located at 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380 in The Robb Chapel. A reception will follow the service in the Jones Library at the church.

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Those who desire may make memorial donations in memory of Jay to the American Liver Foundation

The family wishes to thank the kind and compassionate nurses for their loving care in the IMU at Hermann Memorial, The Woodlands.


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Roddy Arnold

January 10, 2019

I first met Jay, Mary and the boys in 2005 and have been lucky to be their neighbors since. Many times I would walk over and spend time with Jay or we would meet at the fence and talk… I will truly miss my time with Jay. There are so many great memories of Jay and one I must share. Jay created a unique dance called the “fishing pole dance”. At a neighbor’s party, Jay broke out into his dance and I will never forget witnessing the looks on people’s faces. You were either uncontrollably belly laughing or so shocked that you couldn’t speak. As others have stated, Jay never met a stranger. Our neighborhood lost a great man as he knew everyone and was loved by all. Jay, we love you man!

Ty Arnold

January 10, 2019

We have been neighbors and friends with Jay and Mary for over 13 years. Jay and I share the same birthdate and he ALWAYS made a point to come over and give me a hug and wish "us" a happy birthday. This is one of the many things I will miss. Our son Drake was with Jay and the boys a lot when he was much younger. Jay was his basketball coach, along with his boys, and when Drake was in the hospital he brought the boys up to see him along with a basketball that he had all the players sign, it meant the world to us. Drake just lit up during a very difficult time. It was little extra things like this that he did that made you feel cared for and special. Jay had a way of making people feel welcome and good, there was never a stranger it seemed. I know our family will miss so many wonderful things about Jay that I can only imagine how Kay, Mary, and the boys are feeling, our hearts go out to them.

Matt Schiavo

January 9, 2019

From the day I met Jay in 1999, I knew I made a friend. Our conversations on life, sports, music and any other topic were interesting and will be missed. Please accept my condolences , Jay was a good fellow and I will miss him.
Matt Schiavo

Renea Burdine

January 6, 2019

RIP Mr. Jay.
We will miss you beyond words and will always remember you with a smile in our heart. This pic was from one of our visits to Galveston. I remember we were all watching one of the Sharknado movies and Jay was laughing so hard at the ridiculousness of the movie we were all cracking up laughing at him. Lots of good memories.
❤️ The Burdine family

Steve Morgan

January 4, 2019

It was wonderful to catch up with Jay at our high school class reunion in September. Many memories of sledding on Ellen Wisman’s hill and playing football and basketball. I hope that you are at peace. Our prayers to your family .