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COY D. GILL Obituary
Coy DeCluster Gill transitioned into spirit on October 29, 2013. Coy was born on February 11, 1925 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. He was the oldest of three children to John Issac and Juanita Wilson Gill. Coy and his family, later moved to High Point, North Carolina. His parents and sister, Meneva Robertson preceded him in death. Coy graduated from William Penn High School. After graduation, he served in World War II as a Tuskegee Airman, 332nd Fighter Group. After the service, Coy graduated from Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana in 1950 and majored in pharmacy. Later, Coy moved to Leavenworth, Kansas, where he worked as a civilian employee at Ft. Leavenworth. He met the love of his life, Della Foster Gill, his "Sugar Foot," and they were married in 1955. To this union, three children were born; Dara Elaine, John Foster, and Coy Anita. After marriage, Coy and Della began their life in the community, and moved to Kansas City, Kansas. Coy opened Gill-Hodges Pharmacy in 1952 with his partner, Silas Hodges. In the 1950s he organized Orbit Pharmaceuticals. In 1969, Coy opened Pharmacare Prescriptions, and his son John worked with him until his retirement in 2001. In 1997, Coy was named as the "Outstanding Minority-Owned Business" in the retail firm in Topeka, KS by the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing Office of Minority and Women Business. He was in the pharmacy business for 54 years. His membership to social, professional, and civic activities included the Boule, life membership with the NAACP, a member of the National Pharmaceutical Association, and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. In 2007, Coy D. Gill was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen, Heart of America Chapter. Coy and Della joined First African Methodist Episcopal Church, and they have been members for more than 50 years. He served as a Steward, and served as a Trustee. He was chairman of the Estelle Wright, Cleopatra Rogers, and Coy Gill Scholarship fund for 29 years. Coy leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Della Foster Gill, children Dara Gill-Fletcher of Kansas City, Kansas, John Foster Gill of Junction City, Kansas, and Coy Anita Griffin (James) of Atlanta, Georgia. His four grandchildren, Everett Fletcher, Jazelle A. Gill, Fallon C. Gill, and David Randall Foster Gill, a sister Ruth Scott, of Plainsfield, New Jersey. A host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends. In lieu of flowers, donate to the Wright/Rogers/Gill Scholarship Fund of First AME Church (1111 N. 8th St., Kansas City, KS). Visitation 10:00am to 12:00pm Friday, November 1 at First AME Church 1111 N 8 St., Kansas City, KS Service at 12:00pm at the church. Burial Chapel Hill cemetery KC, KS Service by Thatcher's Funeral Home.
Published in Kansas City Star on Oct. 31, 2013
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