James Christopher Kay

Posted: Mon 7:47 AM, Nov 19, 2012
Funeral Home: Lindley-Robertson-Holt Funeral Home
June 14, 2000 – November 15, 2012

James Christopher Kay, age 12, of Iola, Texas, went to be with the Lord on November 15, 2012, due to a four wheeler accident at his home.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 18, at Bedias Baptist Church (, 3729 Main St. in Bedias.

A celebration of James' life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, at the Iola High School Gym (, 7237 Ft. Worth St. in Iola. Rev. Nathan Hoke, pastor of Bedias Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will follow in the Enon Cemetery in Iola.

Serving as pallbearers will be Wayne Svetlik, Jim Ford, James Dixon, Kelly Dickson, Robert Barrett, Darren Boyd, Jason Wight and Billy Ford.

Honorary pallbearers will be Alan Boyd, Aaron Boyd, Cain Carter, Kyle Dodd, Stephen Gooch, Coy Creamer, Cameron Darby, Ethan Perry, Nathan Michalk and Kody McNight.

James was born on June 14, 2000 in Bryan to Byron and Melissa Kay. James was a seventh grade student at Iola Junior High, and his older brother John is a senior at Iola High School.

James won numerous awards in the Iola 4-H club, raising chickens, turkeys, and goats. He won reserve champion in chickens and turkeys, Junior of the Year award in 2011, but his ultimate award was when he beat his brother John with his grand champion turkey in 2012. He also won awards in photography, fine arts, and baked goods, as well as commended performance in reading and science on his TAKS tests. In AWANA club at his church, he achieved awards for memorizing numerous passages of Scripture.

James enjoyed hunting, fishing, swimming in stock tanks, playing Army, drawing, and reading, especially about the Civil War and Calvin and Hobbes. He loved to visit his friends Aaron and Alan Boyd, who were like brothers to him.

James had a great gift for humor. Always expressive and excitable, he was well known for his infectious smiles and hugs, his ability to be a friend, and his ability to catch you off guard with a funny, embarrassing, or off-the-wall comment.

He accepted Christ at age 6, and was involved with his church and youth group. He had begun taking his Bible to school to start a Bible study with his classmates. Always taking the initiative, James had a true compassion for others and concern for their well-being.

James was preceded in death by his grandparents, Buddy and Billie Elliott; and great-grandparents, Muldrew and Maxine Sanders.

James is survived by his parents, Byron and Melissa Kay; his brother, John; his grandparents, John and Gaye Kay; great-grandmother, Syble Kay; uncles and aunts, Todd and Dana Kay and cousins Chaney and Charli, Billie and Jerry Pierce; cousins, Bret and Ann, William and Marsha Elliott, Doodle and Alan Zabloudil; along with numerous other relatives and a great number of friends.

Donations to The James Kay Memorial Funds can be sent to First National Bank Anderson (936) 825-5311 by mail PO Box 159, Anderson, TX 77830. A scholarship fund has also been established in James' honor at Johnson Elementary School in Bryan, TX.

The family would like to thank the Iola community, the students and faculty at the Iola schools, and the Varsity football team for their extraordinary support and love.

You are invited to sign the guestbook and leave condolences for the family at
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