William Alan McCoy

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A Memorial service for Mr. William Alan McCoy, 68, of Anniston, will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016 at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel in Golden Springs. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. William passed away on May 23, 2016 at NE Alabama Regional Medical Center. William was born in Charlestown, W.VA and went to live on his grandparents' farm. It was here that he would spend his first years and develop a life long love of country living. During his time there he was taught to fish, hunt and shoot by his beloved grandfather, Arnold. Many wonderful hours, the two would spend together afield with their dogs. William became an expert shot and avid outdoorsman. William attended the first grade in a one room country school house with a coal stove in the center. He remembered carrying buckets of coal up the hill to burn in the winter. Many days he would walk a mile to and from the school. After his mother's remarriage, he went to Florida to live. His memories there were of a pier and beach near his home where he would spend many happy hours fishing, swimming and catching horseshoe crabs in the surf. The family later returned to West Virginia and built a home in the small rural Appalachian community of Ripley where William would spend his Jr. High and High School years. His good memories of there were of the Boy Scouts where he rose to the Rank of Life Scout and was selected for the Order of the Arrow and appointed a Jr. Assistant Scout Master. During this time he also enjoyed attending many scout jamborees and camping events. Summer brought fishing trips on New River and fall hunting trips with his uncle Ned. Oh, the stories he would tell about these trips. After graduation he went to college in southern California where his father was a highly successful commercial painting contractor. William enjoyed deep sea fishing trips on his father's 52' Cruiser and drag racing with his cousins. William's biggest win on the drag strip came at the Pomona Spring Meet where he took the Jr. Eliminator title. He spent many nights on the Sunset Strip at such places as Pandora's Box and Whiskey A Go-Go. In 1967 he went to the Monterey Pop Festival, a legendary event, where he saw some of the greatest rock stars in history perform. In the fall of 1967 William joined the U.S. Army Military Police Corps and saw action in the Washington D.C. riots and in Vietnam as a sniper and military police investigator. Upon discharge, William returned to Mt. San Antonio College where he became president of Epsilon Tau Omega fraternity and later Student Body President. After graduation, William re-entered the Army as his chosen career. He was assigned to Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD where he was selected as Soldier of the Year. His next assignment was as a CID Special Agent to SASCOM Europe. While there he was the Distinguished Graduate from the 7th Army NCO Academy, winning the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Award for Distinguished Leadership and the Gen. George S. Patton Award for Excellence. After graduation he was selected to be an instructor at the SASCOM Leadership Academy. In his last two years in Europe, William was assigned to a special joint task force which investigated crime involving military members in U.S. Consulates throughout Europe and North Africa. During this time he traveled extensively visiting the major cities and historical and cultural sites throughout both continents. In April 1967, while attending an advanced forensics school at Fort McClellan, Alabama, William met Ms. Marcia Ballard. It was LOVE at first sight for both of them. Married in 30 days, 40 years and two kids later, their love was just as strong. Next assigned to Fort Knox, Ky. they obtained their first equestrian facility, the 300 acre Almar Farm. Here they raised, trained and showed American Saddlebred and Tennessee Walker horses. Their horses won many shows to include the Kentucky State Champion Walking Horse title. William would be involved with horses for the rest of his life. Assigned to Panama, William became the show director of the Ispian Dance Society, showcasing cultural dance of South America and the world. He rebuilt a 32' house boat on which he loved to cruise and fish in a local lake. He traveled extensively. Later assigned to Hawaii, William became the Equine Director of the Hawaii State Farm Fair. There he staged equine exhibitions and horse shows both in Honolulu and on the big island. He coached his son's junior football team to an undefeated state title. He loved deep sea fishing and excursions to the beach. William retired from the Army and returned to Kentucky and his beloved horses. He became the Executive Director of various organizations for the rest of his career. One of which brought him and his family to Ohio, where both of his children completed their high school years. William loved attending his children's sporting and school events and was extremely proud of them both. William then moved to Florida where he eventually retired from the workforce and he and his wife spent the next 12 years living on a peaceful 10 acre homesite in the country outside of Gainesville near the little town of Micanopy. They had the property certified as a Wildlife Refuge, where on a daily basis you could spot deer, turkey, foxes, wild boar and even the occasional America Bald Eagle. Around June of 2014, William and Marcia moved back to Marcia's hometown of Anniston, Ala. Here he would spend his days visiting friends and family or working around the house and his evenings sitting by the fire or enjoying a movie in his theater room. The McCoy home was always open and welcoming, especially during Christmas, which was William's favorite time of year. The house would always be decorated like a Christmas wonderland that was a site to behold for anyone that came to visit. William is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 40 years, Marcia; two wonderful children, Kecia and Richard; two adored granddaughters, Ceirra and Natalia; a sister, Tia Harper; and two cousins, Lisa Peterson and Bart Ballard. William was loved beyond words by his family and will be sorely missed. Flowers will be accepted. Online condolences may be made to the family at klbrownmemorychapel.com. "Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father." K.L. Brown Memory Chapel 620 Golden Springs Road Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 231-2334
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K.L. Brown Memory Chapel
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Anniston, AL 36207
(256) 231-2334
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Published in The Anniston Star on May 25, 2016
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