Kathryn McCoy (1922 - 2016)

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CHAPEL HILL —Kathryn Charles McCoy, noted conservationist, died on June 30 at age 93 in Chapel Hill after an extended illness. Wife of the late Donald W. McCoy, she became a devoted conservationist of North Carolina's natural resources, serving on the Board of the North Carolina Nature Conservancy and being honored on its 20th Anniversary as one of the twenty Leading Persons in North Carolina Conservation.

In 1987, Governor James Hunt appointed her to the newly formed North Carolina Natural Heritage Trust Fund, a nine-member board dedicated to acquiring lands and preserving areas of natural interest in the state. She served two six year terms and together with the Conservancy, help to create or protect Nags Head Woods, Bluff Mountain, Weymouth Woods, Lumber River State Park and Bird Island. She was also appointed by Governor Hunt to the Advisory Board charged with creating the new North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, where she helped plan the Coastal Exhibitions. Her interest in nature also helped to create the Sandhills Habitat of the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill. In addition, she served on the Board of the North Carolina Dance Theatre, now the Charlotte Ballet.

She was born in Aberdeen on August 25, 1922, the daughter of Gloma and Kate Charles. She attended Flora MacDonald College and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. Her first work was as a journalist for the Sandhills Citizen. In 1942, she married Donald W. McCoy of Laurinburg, where they lived until moving to Fayetteville. There he established a law firm with Terry Sanford, Dickson Phillips and Stacy Weaver. They both were active in the civic life of Fayetteville and were members of the Hay Street Methodist Church. After the death of her husband in 1996, she moved to Chapel Hill to be close to her children.

She leaves behind three children: Donald W. McCoy, Jr. of New York City, Charles L. (Toby) McCoy of Chapel Hill and Alexander P. (Pat) McCoy, along with his wife, Cynthia (Cindy) Adcock of Charlotte and one granddaughter, Margaret Kathryn (Katie) McCoy. Her daughter, Kathryn Lutie, preceded her in death.

A graveside service will be held in Laurinburg at Hillside Cemetery at 11 a.m., Saturday. A memorial service will be held at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill at 5 p.m., Saturday, October 22. The family asks that anyone who wishes to remember her with a memorial please consider a contribution to the Nature Conservancy of North Carolina or the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill.

McDougald Funeral Home & Crematorium of Laurinburg is serving the family.

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Published in Laurinburg Exchange from June 30 to July 1, 2016
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