July 3 Obituaries
Betty Jo (Seymore) McCoy, 89, of Sweetwater, died Monday, July 1, 2019 at her residence.
Funeral service for Mrs. McCoy will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Sweetwater with the Rev. Ryan Strebeck officiating. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sweetwater under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Betty was born on July 25, 1929, in Mulberry Canyon in Taylor County to the late Joseph Weldon and Dolly Malinee (Toombs) Seymore. Betty was a 1946 graduate of Merkel High School and graduated from Draughon’s Business School in 1948. She married her husband of 60 years, Melvin Tom McCoy, on Nov. 25, 1948 in Mulberry Canyon.
Betty was the co-owner of McCoy Funeral Home and worked as the secretary for many years. She was a student and an instructor in the Dale Carnegie Business School, attended music school and was baptized in a stock tank. She was a charter member and pianist, as a young teen, at Pioneer Memorial Methodist Church. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Sweetwater since 1968 and was a member of the United Methodist Women and Open Door Sunday school class, served as the pianist and taught Sunday school to young children for several years.
She was a member of the Athenaeum Club of Sweetwater, Woman’s Forum, the Order of Eastern Star Mamie D. Crane Chapter No. 1018, serving as the pianist, and the Business and Professional Women’s Club.
Betty, known as “Mama Coy,” was a wonderful and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and friend who loved her family so very much. She was the oldest of eight children growing up on the farm in Mulberry Canyon. She had a very strong faith and loved her church and Sunday school. Betty loved music and the gospel, She grew up listening to the Grand Ole Opry and continued to watch it on Saturday nights. She loved history and reading good books, devotionals, sports and shopping. Decorating was her hobby.
She loved traveling and had many fond memories of traveling the United States and internationally through the years with family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Melvin McCoy, on Nov. 22, 2010, and one son-in-law, Dennis Strother, on June 15, 2011.
She is survived by her son, Dan McCoy and his wife, Jacque, of Sweetwater; four daughters, Dwylene Strother of Sweetwater, Sherma Barham of Snyder, Jennie Wann and her husband, Danny, of Roscoe and Bronda Goates and her husband, Neal, of Katy; three sisters, Becky Knipe of Abilene, Malinee Harmon and her husband, Allen, of Ransom Canyon and Melba Fisher of Merkel; four brothers, Connie Mack Seymore and his wife, Ida Mae, Riley Seymore and his wife, Jean, and Phil Seymore and his wife, Evelyn, all of Abilene, and David Seymore and his wife, Dian, of Merkel; one brother-in-law, Dr. William E. “Bill” Deal of Los Alamos, N.M.; 11 grandchildren, Lisa Sanford and her husband, Rick, of Peoria, Ariz., Shana Hrbacek and her husband, Todd, of Abilene, Lori McCoy and Tommy McCoy and his wife, Patience, all of Sweetwater, Gerod Strother and his wife, Christina, of Butte, Mont., Carey Wann and his wife, Brandi, of Clarendon, Natalie Moeller and her husband, Thomas, of Canyon, Lance Wann and his wife, Rebecca, of Texline, Sally Everett and her husband, Dane, of Granbury and Rob Goates and his wife, Danielle, and Josh Goates and his wife, Jennifer, all of Midland; 27 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; and numerous, nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to thank Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, Rolling Plains Home Health and her special care givers for their wonderful care and love shown to her.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Tommy McCoy, Gerod Strother, Carey Wann, Lance Wann, Rob Goates and Josh Goates.
Memorials be made to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, 200 East Arizona, Sweetwater, TX 79556, First United Methodist Church, 309 Cedar Street, Sweetwater, TX 79556 or a charity of choice.
Online condolences may be posted at www.mccoyfh.com.