1946 - 1950
    Samuel LeRoy McKay was born October 15, 1913, in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.  His father was Elmer Ransom McKay, of pure Scotch blood.  His mother was Mrs. Arlena Benfield McKay, of Scotch-English blood.  She died in November, 1915, when Samuel LeRoy was two years old.
    Samuel LeRoy was born within the bounds of Prosperity, North Carolina, where he grew up and was baptized and was received into the membership of the Church by the Rev. P. A. Stroup in 1921, at the age of eight years.  In 1929, when he was fifteen years of age, he with his parents moved to Concord, North Carolina, where his pastor was Rev. M. R. Gibson, and later Dr. L. I. Echols.
    He attended the Mallard Creek Graded School six and a half years.  His high school work was done in the Concord High School, whereupon in September, 1933, he entered Erskine College, graduating cum laude in 1937.
    "A childhood aspiration that grew through the years" turned his attention toward the Gospel Ministry.  Consequently in the fall of 1937 he entered Erskine Theological Seminary.  He completed the course in 1939.  In April, 1939, he was licensed by the First Presbytery, and in 1940, November, at the request of the First Presbytery, he was ordained by the Second Presbytery.
    Having finished the Seminary course, in September, 1939, he became Instructor of Bible and Assistant Pastor at De La Howe State School.  In this work he continued through June, 1941, and possible through another year.  Receiving a call to Prosperity A.R.P. Church, Lincoln County, Tennessee, he took up the work there some time during the year 1942-43, and continued there pastor of this rather large country church till some time in 1945, when he accepted a call to Oak Hill, Alabama, Bethel Church.  He resigned his work at Oak Hill in July, 1950, to accept a call to Salisbury, North Carolina.  After his pastorate in Salisbury, Rev. McKay transferred to the Presbyterian Church, U.S., where he served four churches.  He retired in 1980 from the pastorate of the Broadway Presbyterian Church, Broadway, North Carolina.  Reverend McKay died August 3, 1997.
    On April 29, 1939, at Smyrna, South Carolina, he married Miss Martha Elizabeth Caldwell, daughter of Samuel L. Caldwell, elder of Smyrna Church, and a descendant of Dr. R. A. Ross.  Mrs. McKay is a graduate of Erskine College.  She taught in Bethany School of York County, South Carolina, Folkston, Georgia, and in North Carolina.
    Rev. McKay served two terms as president of the North Carolina Poetry Society.

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