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William Henry McCoy III

1928 - 2013 | Obituary | Condolences
William Henry McCoy III Obituary
MCCOY William Henry McCoy III, born in Jacksonville, Florida, February 8, 1928, to William McCoy, Jr. and Thelma Windham McCoy, died on December 4, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Diane Greico, deceased 1999, and brother Edward Windham McCoy, Sr. Bill is survived by his wife, Eileen Leake McCoy; sisters, Margaret Ashey, Richmond, VA; Thelma Tami Smith, Jacksonville Beach; Ann Wooten, Neptune Beach; and Martha Burgess Tampa; brother, John McCoy St. Augustine; and sister-in-law, Sandra McCoy, Jacksonville. He is also survived by a stepson and his family; two brothers-in-law, Michael Leake (Jill), St. Louis, and Clyde Leake (Cathy), St. Joseph, Missouri; and sister-in-law, Linda Leake, Spring Hill, TN; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Bill was a 1945 graduate of Landon High School and received his BA degree in history from the University of Florida in 1949, where he was a member of Blue Key and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He then served his country as Battery Commander in the U.S. Army from 1950-1953. In the mid 50 s, he served as legislative assistant to Congressman Paul Rogers, in Washington, DC. Bill then worked in South Florida for the USDA as an inspector until he accepted a teaching position at Terry Parker High School from 1957-1961. He then became Jacksonville University s News Bureau director, Director of Placement, and Registrar. After his service to JU, Bill returned to his beloved University of Florida, where he became Assistant Professor of Education and Special Assistant to President Steve O Connell, whom he considered his mentor and friend. While serving UF, Bill obtained his Masters of Arts in Administration, a Specialist in Administration degree and a Doctorate of Higher Education Administration degree. He continued his postdoctoral work at the University of Virginia. Bill accepted the honor of becoming the First and Founding President of Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia, from 1969-1987. Also, with his time in Virginia, he assisted in founding and serving as the first chairman of the Commission on Small Rural Colleges as part of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges. Bill served as president of the Shenandoah Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America; president, and later director of the Wayside Foundation of the Arts in Middletown, Virginia; organized the Winchester Apple Harvest Festival and served for ten years as chairman. He was president of the St. Thomas Trust, which renovated and restored the St. Thomas Chapel of Middletown. Bill also held membership of the Winchester Rotary Club, and also served as a member of the Board of Directors. With great pride, Bill received one of his most prized honors: that of Distinguished Forester from the Commonwealth, for his planting of over 40,000 pine trees on his farm with the help of his nephew, Daniel Wes Cornwell. In August, 1987, Bill became the fifth President of North Florida Community College in Madison, FL, during which time he administered many important programs, including the rebuilding of the campus after the 1988 tornado. He retired and returned to his hometown Jacksonville, in 1995. Bill loved God, his family, friends and students, his farms and his dogs. He was also an avid reader. Bill served the educational community long and well as a professional educator of stature and steadfastness, as an insightful and capable leader, as a gracious and wise benefactor, as an example defined by high principles and right action. Bill was a good husband and friend, trusted and loyal. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, with the Rosary beginning at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, December 8th in St. Paul s Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am, Monday, December 9th in St. Paul s Catholic Church, 224 North 5th St. Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250, with The Reverend William Kelly and The Very Reverend Edward Murphy officiating. Interment will follow at 3:00 pm in Oaklawn Cemetery of Jacksonville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The University of Florida Cancer Research Center, P.O. Box 103633, Gainesville, FL 32610, www.CANCER.UFL.EDU; Dr. William H. McCoy Scholarship Fund, c/o Lord Fairfax Community College, 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645; or North Florida Community College General Scholarship Fund in memory of Dr. William H. McCoy, 325 NW Turner Davis Dr. Madison, FL 32340. Please visit our online Tribute at Services under the direction and care of: Please Sign the Guestbook @
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Dec. 8, 2013
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