James A. "Jim" McVay, Jr., 72, of Erie, passed away Thursday, October 22, 2020 at his home in Erie.
He was born on July 19, 1948 at Wichita to James Albert, Sr. and Mary Virginia (Cease) McVay. Jim grew up at Augusta and Plains, Kansas and attended schools there graduating from Southwestern Heights High School at Plains in 1966. He attended Kansas State University for a year and then served in the United States Army from 1967 to 1969. Jim served in the Vietnam War and was wounded in combat. He received a Purple Heart medal, two Bronze Star medals, and several other commendations and badges for his service. Following his honorable discharge Jim returned to Plains and worked at the National Beef Packaging Plant in Liberal, Kansas.
Jim attended Wichita State University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physical Education. He later would attend Pittsburg State University and receive a Master’s degree in Mathematics. Jim taught math and coached volleyball at Hesston High School for couple of years before moving to Erie in 1979. Jim taught math and coached volleyball at Erie High School from 1979 until his retirement in 2004. Jim accumulated over 500 wins during his successful career as head volleyball coach at Erie High School. He also made 13 state tournament appearances, placed at state four of those years, and won 10 CNC league championships with the Lady Red Devils.
Jim enjoyed golfing, fishing, riding his motorcycle, playing cards, and playing and coaching volleyball. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Erie, the Disabled American Veterans, the George L. Hendricks Post No. 102 American Legion of Erie, and the American Legion Riders of Chanute.
He and Doris Jones were married on January 20, 1973 at Plains, Kansas. She survives of the home.
In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his sons, James McVay III of Springdale, AR and John McVay of Social Circle, GA; his daughter, Gina Jew, and her husband, Michael of Reno, NV; five grandchildren, Kai McVay, Roxana Harrell, Jaycey McVay, Charlee Jew, and Clarke Jew; his brothers, Henry McVay, and his wife, Rita of Valley Center, KS and David McVay, and his wife, Debbie of Wamego, KS; his sisters, Kathy Oliver, and her husband, Paul and Ruthi Howard, and her husband, Larry all of Augusta, KS; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, October 30, 2020 outside at the First Christian Church of Erie with Pastor Tom Eastman officiating. Committal services will follow at the Ft. Scott National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. with military honors conducted by the George L. Hendricks Post No. 102 American Legion of Erie. Inurnment will follow the services. The family will receive friends at the Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday evening. Memorials are suggested to the Erie American Legion or to the First Christian Church of Erie and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 113 S. Main St., PO. Box 182, Erie, KS 66733. Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.