Wilton T. “Tom” McCay, Jr., 72, passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday, June 22, 2010. He is survived and will be dearly missed by his daughter, Kelly Virginia McCay, of New Orleans; his nephews, David McCay and Rusty McCay, of Baton Rouge; and many loving friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Virginia Tunstall McCay, who was of Mobile, Ala.; a son W. T. “Trey” McCay III, who was of New Orleans; and a brother, James Kenneth McCay, who was of Baton Rouge.
Born in New Orleans in 1937, Mr. McCay was raised in Baton Rouge, graduated Baton Rouge High School in 1955, and was active in many organizations including Louisiana Boy’s State. He attended Tulane University, where among other positions, he served as president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and earned a business degree in 1959. He thereafter began his military service in the U.S. Navy. After achieving the rank of captain, Mr. McCay returned to civilian life and attended Tulane Law School, earning his J.D. in 1964. Mr. McCay began his legal career in the Baton Rouge law firm of Sanders, Miller, Downing, Rubin & Kean, but later returned to Tulane to become the assistant dean of students. He then moved back to Baton Rouge, opening his own law firm, McCay & Levy, in 1975. In 1980, Mr. McCay went to work as counsel for Ingram Corp. in New Orleans, eventually becoming its general counsel and president.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Mr. McCay at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway, Wednesday, June 30, at 11 a.m., which will be presided over by his longtime friend, James H. Gill, Jr., Minister of Christ. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m.