Thomas Jay McCoy, 64, affectionately known as “Jay Boy”, went to meet his creator, Friday morning, May 12, 2017.
Jay Boy was born on May 27, 1953 to William Thomas McCoy and Emily Conseen McCoy. A native of Swain County, he was born and raised on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, where he proudly resided his entire life.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, William McCoy; his sister, Tommie Ruth McCoy; his three nephews, Shane Wilson McCoy, “Lil”…Tom McCoy, and Terry Allen McCoy; and his niece, Peaches Casso.
He leaves behind one son, Jayson Dale and husband Richard Crusenberry of Johnson City, Tenn.; and a step-daughter, Claudette Long of Cherokee. He is also survived by three close nephews whom he loved and cared for like sons, Roger McCoy, Roy Bradley, and Mike Oocumma, all of Cherokee.
In addition, he is survived by several loving sisters and brothers: Bertha Bradock, Richard McCoy, Maxine and Bud Burgess, Peggy and Moses Oocumma, Albert McCoy, Frances McCoy, Agnes and Herbert Bradley, Mildred McCoy, Larry Paul and Jackie McCoy, Mary McCoy, Carla Faye McCoy, Ray McCoy, and special sister Rosie.
Jay Boy was always a proud McCoy, he loved every member of his family in their own unique way, and being “Uncle Jay” gave him some of the greatest joys of his life. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous close friends.
He was not only a proud son, brother, uncle, and father, but also friend to many. Formerly a carpenter and wood carver, also known for his green thumb, good company, and grand stories, Jay Boy brought a smile to those of us who enjoyed his great sense of humor. He lived his life, loved his life, and left memories with us all that will forever make us smile in our remembrance of him.
The family will receive friends and loved ones from 11am – 2pm on Monday, May 15 with the funeral following at 2pm at Bethabara Baptist Church. Pastor Logan Parton will officiate. Burial will be in the Birdtown Cemetery.