John Paul McCoy, Sr
Myrtle Beach, SC - John Paul McCoy, Sr. passed on Sunday, May 23, 2021 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina following a brief illness. South Carolina had been his home for the past two years, but he was born, lived and built his business, McCoy's Inn and Conference Center, in Jackson County, West Virginia.
He was the eldest son of the late Conrad Morgan and Edra Frances Suck McCoy whom he spoke of often and loved profoundly. He is survived by all seven of his siblings; Forris Edmond McCoy (Charlotte), Dorothy Whitman (Dave), James Conrad McCoy (Joyce), Joe Lee McCoy, William Larry McCoy (Jane), Connie Wright and Roseanna Beane (John).
He was a graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in Dairy Husbandry and a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. On the second floor of the fraternity a door still reads "FARM BLOCK" to the rooms where he and several of the McCoy brothers lived.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dr. Marty Howes McCoy. From the first time he saw her, in front of the Mountainlair in Morgantown, he said to his friend, "That is the girl I'm going to marry." They had four children: John McCoy Jr., Cissy McNabb (Tim), Robin Corbin (Rusty), and Dr. Lance McCoy (Rita).
From being an Air Force navigator to dairy farmer to Corporate Director of Best Western and President of McCoy Development Corporation, he enjoyed a hard days' work and the satisfaction of a job well done. "There are some that make the world turn and there are some that just hang on!", was often his way of starting an early morning phone conversation.
In his later years he most enjoyed having long conversations with his eight grandchildren: Ross, Erica and Marta Corbin, Alex and Bess "Betsy" McNabb and Paul Morgan, Conor and Anna McCoy. He would take a moment when he knew he had their full attention, look them in the eye and say, "This is what life is all about. This is what I am most proud of."
According to his wishes, his ashes will be spread on the family farm.
Published on June 04, 2021