History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

A. L. McKay came to the state of Oklahoma in 1917. He was a very progressive and respected business¬man. He opened the doors of McKay Funeral Home on April 26, 1926. The first location was located on Northeast 5th and Phillips Street. After seven years due to new zoning laws, Mr. McKay moved his business to 928 N.E. 4th St. in 1933. He was a trusted lay leader in the Avery Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church and a fraternal leader on the local and national level in his Masonic organization. Mr. McKay and Mrs. McKay incorporated the business on March 5, 1938.  Mr. McKay died on June 2, 1946 leaving the business to his wife, Mrs. Beula McKay. The business continued with great success with a remodeled building in August of 1957.

Mrs. Beula McKay brought about a legacy of her own by bringing in several partners. Her signature colors for the limousine fleet of pink and black will always be remembered. The exterior of the current location still bears the color pink in her memory. Mrs. Beula McKay partnered with Mr. Sammie T. Davis in 1969. The McKay-Davis Funeral home thrived and a new location was built at 1616 N.E. 36th Street and opened in 1976. Mrs. McKay died at the age of 80 on Nov. 28, 1976 shortly after the open house for the new location.

Mr. and Mrs. Sammie T. Davis and their predecessors set excellent standards. McKay- Davis continues to offer the highest quality of service both traditional and nontraditional funerals, as well as the latest in modern techniques, and merchandise. The level of caring and commitment for the client is still second to none.

Mr. Sammie T. Davis along with his wife Yvonne Davis continued the business for 35 years, along with their daughter Ms. Connie Davis, who joined the family business in May of 2003, until illness took over for Mr. & Mrs. Davis.  Mrs. Yvonne Davis died at the age of 77 on April 27, 2007. and later Mr. Sammie T. Davis died at the age of 90 on Feb. 26, 2015. 

Ms. Connie D. Davis continued to run McKay-Davis Funeral Home the oldest African -American establishment in Oklahoma City and now the oldest in the State  for the pass 14 years.   

In 2017 Ms. Connie Davis has decided to willingly pass the torch of McKay-Davis once again. Under new ownership and management the legacy from the past will still hold true today and in the future. The new owners are dedicated to honoring the lives of their predecessors by making sure to stand true to the same quality and service as was set before them.

Our Valued Staff

Richard L. Tate

Richard L. Tate, Owner

Mr. Tate is the sole owner of the funeral home and comes with a wealth of experience in management. He is dedicated to assuring each family is treated with dignity, honor and respect and it is his goal to see each family served has the resources they need to begin their journey in a manner as comfortably as possible after experiencing the loss of a loved one.

Diann J Simon

Diann J Simon, Funeral Director in Charge / Chief Executive Officer

Diann Simon is the Funeral Director in Charge and the Executive Director of Operations. Having worked in both independent and corporate funeral homes, she brings knowledge in all areas of the funeral home. Diann is comfortable meeting with families, embalming and managing the funeral homes daily operations and scheduling. She has a true passion for what she does and shows how it helps to work through many situations no matter how tough. Her goal is to assure each family McKay Davis serves is treated kindly, with empathy, respect and dignity and she is known to treat her teammates with these attributes. Her desire to work within the community to help make it a better place expresses her true nature to care for not only the families McKay Davis serves but all people in general.

Wilbert J Wright

Wilbert J Wright, Senior Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Wilbert Wright is a Servicing Funeral Director at McKay Davis Funeral Home. He has been a long time staple with the company and can be found on services on the weekend. Wilbert is a strong professional who has the ability to serve families as well as embalm. His years in the funeral industry speak to his experience and knowledge in the field. Wilbert's kindness and smile are a soothing asset to the families and all who have had the honor and pleasure to work with him.

Ja'Von C. Hughes

Ja'Von C. Hughes, Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer

Ja'Von C. Hughes is in his last year of school, finalizing his degree in Mortuary Science. Working as an apprentice Ja'Von is gaining pertinent on hands experience working with families and in the preparation room. It is his hope to graduate and become a funeral director and embalmer on staff with the funeral home and enjoy a long career serving the community and the families who live here.

Erik L. Williams

Erik L. Williams, Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer

New to the funeral industry Erik is looking into a career as a funeral director and embalmer. He is a minister, an Oklahoma City native and military veteran. Erik believes that community is a group of individuals gathering together with common ideals learning and growing together. Erik has the compassion and empathy to embrace individuals and families during their time of loss.

Maggie Green

Maggie Green, Funeral Directors Assistant/Social Work Counselor

Maggie is a Funeral Directors Assistant and can be found working visitations, memorial and funeral services on the weekend. She serves as McKay Davis' Social Work Counselor and assists family members in areas of their specific need to help them transition into a healthy living environment after going through a loss by providing aid and resources. Maggie's degree in Social Work offers her many resources that many are not aware of and she assist in assuring our families needs are being met long after the services have concluded.

Rosa  Diaz

Rosa Diaz, Public Relations Liaison/Enlace de Relaciones Públicas

Sí, hablamos español. Rosa Diaz, Public relations liaison/Enlace de Relaciones Publicas. Full bilingual, with experience in management, and community outreach with vast familiarity in working with the Hispanic community.

Sarah  Shelby

Sarah Shelby, Funeral Directors Assistant/Audio Visual

Sterlin Hill

Sterlin Hill, Volunteer Driver

Sterlin Hill drives for the funeral home in his spare time as a way to help serve the community he lives in. As an usher in one of the community churches, Sterlin brings a strong church protocol to the funeral services, which allows for the utmost respect and dignity to be portrayed during services.

LaTonya McGee

LaTonya McGee, Driver

LaTonya McGee comes to work with the McKay Davis service team after being served by the team personally. She felt the care, compassion, dignity and respect that was shown to her and her family while she herself was enduring a loss. LaTonya inquired about becoming a part of the team and brings the same care and concern shown to her.

David Mitchell

David Mitchell, Prearrangement Specialist

David Mitchell is the prearrangement specialist for McKay Davis Funeral Home. He comes with years of experience and knowledge of the industry from working in both cemeteries and funeral homes. He has served families in at need situations for cemetery needs as well as pre-need for corporate and family owned funeral homes. After witnessing firsthand, the burden and financial struggles that families experience when arranging burials after death, David grew passionate about pre-need funeral planning. He endeavors to help folks understand the benefits of planning and funding a funeral in advance so that surviving loved ones aren't burdened with those arrangements at the time of need. The families that have used his services, often express the peace in knowing that their family will be spared such burdens.