James Hugh Charles McCoy finished his work on earth Friday, December 8, surrounded by family and friends. He was a loving husband, devoted father, and proud grandpa. He was a common man who lived a very uncommon life.
He was born March 12, 1937 in Diana, Texas to James Hugh and Vera Mae (Wyatt) McCoy. He attended Harleton Schools before moving to the Rogue Valley in the early 1950s. In 1956, he joined the United States Air Force where he served honorably as an airplane mechanic stationed in The Philippines and later Libya. James married Lenore (Jacobs) of Medford, Oregon on August 9, 1963 in Rubideaux, California. For the next couple of years, he worked as an apprentice welder for Kaiser Steel in Fontana, California. In 1966, he, Lenore, and their first son moved back to the Rogue Valley and settled in Jacksonville, Oregon and lovingly raised their growing family. James worked for most of the next twenty-five years as a millwright at KOGAP. On November 22, 1985, he married Amber Gail (Cronce). In 1990, they moved to Lovelock, Nevada to work as a welder for Pegasus Mining Corporation and James retired in 2001. After his adoring wife passed away in 2002, James spent his time traveling throughout the Southwestern U.S., before moving to Gold Hill five months ago to be near his family.
James' inquisitive nature resulted in a variety of interests and intellectual pursuits, including hunting, fishing, motorcycles, CB radios, languages (Tagala and Spanish), prospecting and yard work. James was active in the Assemblies of God, and once served as a Royal Rangers leader at Central Point Assembly. He was also a member of Warren Lodge #10 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in Jacksonville, attaining the 32nd degree, Scottish Rite.
James is survived by his children, James Shannon and Diana Kathleen, his son's wife, Lynnae, plus their two children, Hannah Elizabeth and Jonathan Samuel. He is also survived by three sisters: Hazel Sis Redmond of Tucson, Arizona, Norma Noni Morgan and her husband Carl of Gold Hill, and Virginia Denny Jones of Gilmer, Texas, plus numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to Amber, James was preceded in death by a son, Danny Mark, a son-in-law, Jake Hansen, a brother, Loyce R. McCoy, and a sister, Jeffri Robins.
Friends and family are invited to a memorial service Friday, December 15 at 2 p.m. at Valley Rogue Christian Center, 520 East Main, Rogue River, Ore. In lieu of flowers, donations May be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Oregon Chapter, 5331 SW Macadam, Suite 285, Portland, Oregon 97239.