Tahlequah Daily Press

January 14, 2013

Billy Ray Kay


TAHLEQUAH — Services for Billy Kay, 76, of Tahlequah will be held at 2 p.m., Monday Jan. 14, 2013, at the South College Church of Christ, with Ministers Stephen Parker and David Deffenbaugh officiating.

Pallbearers are Kevin Shumate, Danny Mason, David O’Neil, Charles Vanlandingham, Dean Kelley, and Larry Trammel. Honorary pallbearers are Gary Cross, Hal Cross, Danny Minor, Paul Kay, David Butts, Daniel Butts, Ernest Johnson, Michael Butts, and Dean England.

Interment will follow in the Tahlequah City Cemetery under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com

Billy Ray Kay was born on June 12, 1936, in Eldon, to H. B. Boss Kay and Lizzie (Hamilton) Kay. He was the youngest of 8 children; Earl, Thelma, Elba, Maxine, Christine, Bob, and Jean.

Bill attended Lane School through eighth grade, and graduated from Tahlequah High School in 1954. He graduated from Northeastern State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Math in 1957. He received his Master’s in Math from Tulsa University in 1960.

He married the love of his life, Shirley Butts, on Aug. 3, 1957. They spent 55 years together raising their family and being Christian examples to all who knew them. They were blessed with three children who were their pride and joy: Mark, Phil, and Krista. He was a computer systems analyst and retired from Williams Company in Tulsa, in 1994. Since then, Bill has enjoyed ranching as a hobby in the Tahlequah area.

Bill was a loving husband and father. He especially enjoyed his role as Papaw. He helped anyone who needed it - friends, neighbors, or even strangers. He served the Park Plaza Church of Christ for many years as a teacher, deacon, and elder. He helped with many programs in the South College Church and supported the work at Burnt Cabin Youth Camp.

Bill Kay passed from this life on Jan. 10, 2013, at the age of 76 years, 6 months, and 29 days. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Ann (Butts) Kay of the home; children, Mark and Mitzi Kay of Shreveport, La.; Phil and Laurie Kay of Tahlequah; Krista and Kevin Shea of Prosper, Texas; four grandchildren, Tyler, Ryan, and Bailey Shea and Avery Kay; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Bill’s honor to Burnt Cabin Christian Camp, P.O. Box 42, Tahlequah, Okla., 74465

Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, (918) 458-5055.