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Darleta McCoy
1948 - 2017
A Visitation with
Famiy and Friends
Friday  Evening, November 24, 2017
From 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Riverside Baptist Church
1250 Mound Road
Decatur, Illinois

A Celebration of Gay's Life
Saturday Morning, November 25, 2017
Service begins at 10:00 am
Riverside Baptist Church

Graveside Service and Burial
Graceland Cemetery
Decatur, Illinois

Gay's Family in care of
Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care

Darleta Gay McCoy (Wright), entered into the presence of Jesus on November 19,
2017 at 3:32 am at the age of 69.  

Gay was born in July of 1948 in Quincy, Illinois. She was the daughter of Carroll
Wright and Nellie Wright.  She is preceded in death by both her parents, her sister
Julianna Cooper, sister Caroline Bartz, brother Bryan Wright, and her husband David

She attended Quincy High School, studied music at Calvary Bible College, and
Tennessee Temple University where she met the love of her life - Pastor David
McCoy. They were joined together in marriage in November of 1969 in Chattanooga,
Tennessee. Before moving to Illinois in 1979, they worked together in ministry in
Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and West Virginia.

David and Gay were the parents of David McCoy and wife Jennifer of Cambridge,
Illinois, Becky Lyons of Decatur, Illinois, Nanelle Hairston and husband JJ of Hobart,
Indiana. She was the proud grandma to Courtney, Darla, Josh, Alyssa, Molly, Crisse,
Maggie, Calle, Jayme, and Brooke. She was a proud great-grandma to Railynn and
Baby Burks who helped welcome her into heaven. She was an aunt/great-aunt to many
nieces and nephews and a second mom/grandma to many of her kid’s and grandkid’s

Mrs. McCoy as she was called by all her students taught music at Decatur Christian
School from 1994 until 2017. She also taught piano and vocal lessons to many
students in the area. From a young age, she used her musical talents in a variety of
ways from playing in church to singing at state fairs. There was rarely a day that
passed where she wasn't singing, playing the piano, the organ, and sometimes even the
accordion. Music was her passion and that passion was contagious to every student
she taught.  

Gay McCoy devoted her life to serving Christ. Even through great loss and trials, her
positivity would shine though the pain. She was known for her creativity, compassion,
hard work ethic, selflessness, and joyful spirit. With every task she was given, whether
at work, church, or in her home, she always strived for excellence and most often
succeeded. Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth
me.” This was her life verse and how she approached every challenge that was placed
in front of her.

She was truly the rock of her family. She leaves a legacy that will continue to grow
through the countless lives she has helped shape. The love that her family and friends
have for her is deep, because she loved deeply. Our hearts are truly broken as we now
must learn to live life without our precious mother, grandmother, aunt, teacher, and
friend here with us, but we take comfort in knowing that we will see her again, and join
her in a heavenly choir singing praises to Christ. And as she would say, “Oh! What a
Day that Will Be.”

The visitation will be held at Riverside Baptist Church 1250 Mound Road, Decatur,
Illinois on November 24, 2017 from 5-7 pm. A Celebration of life service will also be
held at Riverside Baptist Church on November 25, 2017 at 10:00 am. A graveside
service will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Decatur. Memorials can be made to the

Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements.  Please sign
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