Vera P. McCoy better known as “Granny Coy”, was born on June 6, 1921, to Frank and Ethel Person in Corsicana, Texas.
She attended Corsicana public schools and graduated from G. W. Jackson High School in 1939.
In 1941, she was united in marriage to Odie L. McCoy. To this union, three children were born. During the early years of their marriage, they lived in Fort Worth, Texas and Corsicana, Texas, before finally moving to Waco, Texas in 1950.
Once in Waco, they became members of Toliver Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Over the course of her years at Toliver, she held a number of leadership positions. She was the church secretary, Sunday School teacher, BTU teacher, and church clerk. She served faithfully until her health made it too difficult to continue her service.
She was enthusiastic about helping others. Quick to offer a word of encouragement to anyone who sought her out and someone you could count on to be there in time of trouble. Love was the central component of her existence. She loved freely and completely. You did not have to a blood relative to experience the depth and width of her love.
On the morning of September 22, 2021, her ride to heaven arrived and she was taken on her long-awaited journey to Heaven. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, John and Frank, Jr., and her sister, Laverne Livingston.
She leaves to mourn her memory; sons Odie McCoy, Jr. (Vivian) and James McCoy (Ella) all of Waco, Texas and Curtis McCoy of Cedar Hill, Texas; brother, Orville Person, Sr. (Nell) of Fort Worth, Texas; eight grandchildren to include her special daughter/granddaughter, Jara Lynette McCoy; twelve great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of loving nieces, nephews and a number of adopted children and grandchildren. With special recognition for Charlotte Graves and her brother, Reverend Stanley Adams.