Sarah Agnew McCay, clergy spouse


— Sarah Agnew McCay, 85, died on Aug. 9, 2006, at Pine Meadow Alzheimer’s Special Care Center. 

Funeral services were held Aug. 12 at Main Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Cecil Jones, the Rev. John McCay III and Jimmy McCay officiating. Music was performed by her friends Ed Walker and Donna Runnels. 

Mrs. McCay was born April 21, 1921, the fourth of six children to Lucian and Mary Waters Agnew in Pratts community outside Baldwyn. After graduation from Baldwyn High School, she attended Sunflower (Mississippi Delta) Junior College on a basketball scholarship. She fell in love with the Rev. John M. McCay of Baldwyn and was married on Christmas Day 1940.  

Her career became “the preacher’s wife.” Together, they ministered to United Methodist churches at Pleasant Hill, Coldwater, Senatobia, Belzoni, Grenada, Jackson and Gulfport.  

While Rev. McCay served as superintendent of the Hattiesburg District from 1969-75, the couple pursued their dream of establishing a statewide radio ministry, and The Methodist Hour of Mississippi was born. This evolved into a special appointment as state director of radio, TV and communications for the Mississippi Conference. Rev. McCay was killed in an automobile accident in 1977 and for six months after, Mrs. McCay continued to keep The Methodist Hour alive, until another director could be appointed.  

Mrs. McCay’s personal ministry then shifted to Main Street United Methodist. She was active with the United Methodist Women, Netta Jenkins Circle, Disciples Sunday school class, children’s choir ministry, Worship Committee and chancel choir. She prepared countless floral arrangements for the altar. She moved from independent living in 2002 to Wesley Manor Retirement Center. Hurricane Katrina’s damage required another move last September to Pine Meadow.  

Survivors include: daughters, Mary McCay, Barbara McCay and Dottie Machen, all of Gulfport; son, John McCay Jr. or Gulfport; sister, Beth Ogle of Gatlinburg, Tenn.; brother John Agnew of Birmingham; and five grandchildren. 

Memorials may be made to The United Methodist Hour, Alzheimer’s Association for Research, American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Research or the charity of your choice.