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01/12/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Roland McCoy

Roland Ardell McCoy
(04 Mar 1927 - 09 Jan 2015)

Newport News High School Class of June 1945

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   I was grieved today to read of the death of 
      Roland McCoy, member of the illustrious Class of June 1945, who passed away in Newport News on Friday, January 09, 2015 at the age of 87.

From The Daily Press - 01/12/15:

       Roland Ardell McCoy
    NEWPORT NEWS - Roland Ardell "Ookie" McCoy, 87, died Friday, January 9, 2015, in Newport News.

He was born in Newport News Va., on March 4, 1927 in the middle of a huge snow storm. The Morris chair the doctor slept in sits in the family room of the home.

He graduated from NNHS in 1945 and accepted his diploma while on leave from the Navy. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946.

Roland McCoy
In 1959 he received his graduate certificate, majoring in Trusts from the American Institute of Banking. In 1960 he was the president of the Virginia Peninsula Chapter of the AIB. In 1964 he graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University, majoring in trusts.

He was an ordained Deacon who served on boards at First Presbyterian Church of Newport News and Yorkminster Presbyterian Church, where he served as chairman of Diaconate. He loved the Saturday morning men's breakfast at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church. He married Yvonne McGee McCoy on April 6, 1963. They built a home on Wormley Creek in Marlbank Farm area of Yorktown in 1975. He loved Jimmy Buffett music, pecan pies, and gardening. He became a master gardener after retirement from Banking.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Bonnie Ardell and Dorothy May Eggleston McCoy, his uncle Harold Rennie Eggleston, who was like a second father to him, and his son; Mark Lee McCoy.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years Yvonne McGee McCoy, his daughter; Lisa Ann McCoy Sheehan and her husband Michael, his grandchildren; Ben Binford and his girlfriend, Simone, Jordyn Alecia and Chris Keller, and his great grandson; Mason Wade Keller.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, January 14 at 1 p.m. in Peninsula Memorial Park, after which a memorial service will be held at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church at 2:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mark Lee McCoy Performing Arts Endowed Scholarship at CNU, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA 23606; Yorkminster Presbyterian Church, 6218 George Washington Memorial Highway, Grafton, VA 23692, York County EMS, P.O. Box 532 Yorktown, VA 23690, or to a charity of your choice. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on January 12, 2015.
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January 12, 2015

I love you, Daddy! Knowing you are celebrating life and enjoying life again calms my heart. I miss you.

Lisa Ann
~ Lisa Sheehan, Toano, Virginia

January 12, 2015
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your loving father. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers

George and Janis February

~ Janis February, Tappahannock, Virginia

January 12, 2015
You will be greatly missed, Uncle Roland.

~ Kevin McGee
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You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Roland. Rest assured that he is celebrating his new life in the presence of the Lord. I treasure the memories of you and Roland during our days in the Hampton Roads DPMA. Trust in the Lord to help you through the days, weeks, and months ahead.
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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Roland's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Words and Music by Martin Luther (10 Nov 1483 – 18 Feb 1546)
English Translation by
Frederick Henry Hedge (1805 – 21 Aug 1890)

“A Mighty Fortress” was written and composed by Martin Luther. The date of the hymn cannot be fixed with any exact certainty. It is generally believed, however, to have been written for the Diet of Spires in 1529 when the term “protestant” was first used. The hymn became the great rallying cry of the Reformation.

1. A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing;
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and pow'r are great,
And armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not His equal.

2. Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God's own choosing;
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

3. And tho' this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph thro' us;
The prince of Darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

4. That word above all earthly pow'rs,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Thro' Him who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God's truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

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