Mr. James Eldred McCoy was born the son of the late Florence Lyles McCoy and James McCoy. He was born in Marlboro County, SC on July 30, 1949. He accepted Christ at an early age while growing up in Bennettsville, South Carolina. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the United States Army and served his country during the Vietnam War. James was affectionately called "Red" but his favorite thing to be called was, "Florence McCoy's baby boy!" He had a great sense of humor and would keep you laughing at his quick wit and funny style. He always had a funny saying such as, "Nothing from nothing leaves nothing!" Sometimes he would just use the word, "Productivity!" because he was a man that liked to see progress. Throughout his life he was a self-employed and self-made man. "Red" was a giving man and was very free hearted to those who needed him. His favorite teams were the Pittsburgh Steelers-football team, Golden State Warriors- basketball team and the Pittsburgh Penguins-hockey team. He was also a proud member of the "Men On The Corner" located just across from his home, corner of Marshall Street and McKay Circle. A social organization formed to enrich the community. James was preceded in death by his siblings, whom they always looked out for one another: the late Willie McCoy, Clyde McCoy, Earl Napoleon McCoy, Ellie Mae McCoy Allen, Mildred McCoy Malachi and Johnsie McCoy Quick. James was married to his loving wife, the late Carrie Mae Kelly McCoy and they were blessed with two children: Farrah McCoy and Jarmaine McCoy. On Monday, May 8, 2023 while at the McLeod Hospice House in Florence, South Carolina, James Eldred McCoy responded to a call only he could hear from the Master Creator. He leaves to cherish his fond memories, but not limited to: his children: Farrah and Jarmaine (Reneka); grandchildren: Zaria Wilson, Shacoral Wilson, Myjae McCoy and Jourdan McCoy all of Bennettsville, SC and Jamiek McCoy, Columbia, SC; great grand-daughter, Layla McCoy, Columbia, SC; sister-in-law, Shirley McCoy, High Point, NC; brother-in-law, Rev. Osmar Kelly (Vanessa), Bennettsville, SC; his nieces and nephews: Patrick Kelly, Rosalind Kelly, William Kelly and Marcia Kelly all of Bennettsville, SC; Steven Kelly and Jamil Kelly both of Fayetteville, NC; Shannon Covington and Kendrick Covington both of Wagram, NC; Stephanie McCoy, Andy McCoy, Christopher McCoy, Marie M. Ledbetter (Pastor David), Anthony Wilkes and Pam Wilkes all of High Point, NC; Darlene A. Quick (caregiver), Bennettsville, SC; Thomas E. Quick, Jr., Huntsville, AL; Natalie M. Quick, Tega Cay, SC and Dr. Toris T. Quick, Bennettsville, SC; along with several close friends and relatives who will miss him. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 13, 2023- 3:00 p.m. at the Berea Baptist Convention Center - 1062 Highway 38 South - Bennettsville, SC 29512 with burial in the Ideal Cemetery off Cook Street also in Bennettsville. Those in attendance are asked to wear facial masks and exercise social distancing. Tune into Glory Radio FM 98.5 each evening at 7:30 p.m. for updates.
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