Dr. John D McKey

July 22, 1917October 13, 2017

Dr. John McKey, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 13, 2017. Dr. McKey was born in Valdosta, Georgia on July 22, 1917. He was the son of Thomas Howard McKey and Edna Baker McKey, and the youngest of four children. John cultivated his love of golf beginning at the age of ten when he first caddied for his father - not carrying his father's clubs, but a thermos of milk instead. He went on to become a life-long competitive golfer, winning many amateur tournaments and making many golfing friends around the country. He still holds the record at Pinehurst #2 making 3 eagles and a birdie on the 4 par fives. He graduated from Valdosta High School, second in his class, and went on to attend Emory University where he received his Doctor of Medicine in 1941. That same year, he married Joyce Ellison Roper in Atlanta, GA. John served overseas as a physician in the United States Navy, and after the war ended, he and Joyce moved to Orlando in 1946. He established his medical practice at 320 N. Main St., and went on to become the first board certified pediatrician in Orlando. Dr. McKey cared for thousands of children and multiple generations of families. He made house calls long after the practice was no longer in style. His calm demeanor reassured parents and endeared him to his patients. Dr. McKey ended every office visit with a lollipop. He retired at the age of 81, becoming the longest practicing physician in Orlando. This achievement is only surpassed by his 71 year marriage to the love of his life, Joyce. He and Joyce enjoyed their later years spending summers in Highlands, North Carolina, where they made many friends and reveled in their morning coffee on the porch. John was a lifelong member of the Central Christian Church, Rotary Club of Orlando, Orlando Country Club and Highlands Country Club. He proudly celebrated his 100th birthday in July with many friends and family. He is preceded in death by his wife. He is survived by his children, John McKey Jr. and Joy McKey. He is also survived by 4 granddaughters, Carrie Grote (Tom), Erin Elliott (Andy), Allison Nichols (Justin), and Ashley Behm (Aaron), as well as 4 great-granddaughters and 1 great-grandson. A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, October 20, at 1:00pm, at The Central Christian Church, 250 S.W. Ivanhoe Blvd. Those wishing are welcome to donation to the Central Christian Church, General Fund, in memory of Dr. McKey.


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Dr. John D McKey

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Jenifer Harrington

June 27, 2019

In January 2019 I sat in the auditorium of the WWII museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. I noted to whom the seat was dedicated and wrote it down. I found the note today and read his obituary. What a life!
I'd like you to know I appreciate his service to our country and to the children of the Orlando, Florida area.

Very sincerely,
Jenifer Harrington
Manchester, Maine

Debra Morse

February 5, 2018

Dr. McKey, You dear, sweet man. You took every call from every parent every day. I had the honor of being his office nurse for a brief year before I found him Pat. What a great pediatrician, American, Veteran, and man. God bless you. Keep the golf balls flying in heaven

Mike Trapp

December 28, 2017

What a great man. I remember going to his office as a kid. Always calming. Remember being in his office when I heard of the Kennedy assassination. Also house calls. Try that now. Well done good and faithful servant☺

Mike Trapp

December 27, 2017

What a great man. I remember going to his office as a kid. Always calming. Remember being in his office when I heard of the Kennedy assassination. Also house calls. Try that now. Well done good and faithful servant☺

November 4, 2017

This is very sad news I heard just today. Dr. McKey was such a awesome man,and doctor. Dr. McKey took care of me and my twin brother, as well as my sister and all of our cousins. I think everyone went to him. My child also went to him and we were so blessed to be a part of his retirement party. I made the cakes for his party, and met so many wonderful friends and family of Dr. McKey. For years I kept in contact with him, sending he and his wife Christmas cards. He always called and thanked me wishing me a Merry Christmas. There are not enough words to express the kindness of this man. Loved him as a child and as a parent. My parents always said if it were not for him, I would not have made it, because I was a very small twin and he took care of me. I will never forget Dr. McKey, such a true legend of the Orlando area. I know you and Mrs. McKey are together again, and hitting those golf balls in the most beautiful place.
So blessed to have known this wonderful man.
Cindy Collins
Winter Park, Fl

Peggy Wing Bedford

October 20, 2017

Oh my - another legend has gone to be with Jesus. Dr. McKey was my and my siblings pediatrician and I remember 'that voice" so well. He attended my Mom's 85th birthday celebration up in the mountains of North Georgia to the delight of all of us. It was wonderful to see him again! Thank you for taking such good care of my siblings and I back in the 50's and 60's. You were the best! And thanks for the lollipops!

Sissy and Chuck Meyer

October 20, 2017

Dr John McKey was one of the finest and dearest man we have ever known.
We could have never raised 5 children without his wonderful and perfection as
our Children's devoted doctor. He was a true Blessing from God. Our love for him will be forever.

Rev Fr Roger Phillips

October 19, 2017

I had the privilege of babysitting his children in the early 50s. He and his lovely wife Joyce were friends of my parents, Roger and Larrie Phillips. May the soul of the faithful Rest In Peace and light perpetual shine upon him.
Rev Fr Roger Phillips

Peggy Kirton

October 18, 2017

I had 5 children before the oldest turned 5 by the age of 24. A young and dumb mother overwhelmed with the responsibility of those precious young lives. Dr. McKey saved me from all sorts of melt downs time and time again...his gentle voice assuring me "you're doing fine Mrs. Kirton" when I was just positive that I was a miserable failure as a mother. Oh! how I loved this man who ALWAYS took the time to keep me and my children safe and sound.

I don't remember how I found Dr. McKey...but I have remembered all these years (kids are now 61, 60, 59, 58, 57) the MOST WONDERFUL doctor and person I have ever met. A kind, caring, brilliant and wise pediatric doctor who I believe saved many a mother from utter disaster time and time again. Dr. McKey was one of a kind and there will probably never be another doctor like him ever.

I was a better mother and I am a grateful person all because of this unbelievably marvelous man.

John Russell

October 18, 2017

Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

Robert Louis Stevenson. 18501894