Edwin F. (Eddie) McCoy


(Feb. 23, 2007)

Funeral services for long-time Powell resident, Edwin F. (Eddie) McCoy, 94, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 at First Baptist Church. He died in his sleep Friday, Feb. 23 at the Powell home of Jeff and Tina McCoy.

He was born April 2, 1912, in Billings, Mont., the oldest son of Ernest and Tressa McCoy. He graduated from Lovell High School before assuming a sales position in Basin. He met and married Bette Wiley in Manderson July 2, 1933.

After the birth of their first son, they moved to Powell where Eddie work in the Golden Rule store before opening Eddie’s Shoe Store. In 1965, they sold the shoe store and volunteered for ministry to Taiwan for two years as house parents in a boarding school. A year after returning home, they went to Japan as house parents for one year.

Eddie and Bette were active in First Baptist Church, teaching classes, singing in the church choir and community events, sponsoring youth programs and providing church leadership.

Bette died Sept. 21, 1994. Eddie and Edith “Dee” Dover were married in Cheyenne May 18, 2000.

It is an understatement to say Eddie was an avid fisherman. He was a fishing and spiritual mentor to family and friends of all ages throughout his life. This characteristic was a natural blend of an early commitment to follow the spiritual leadership of Jesus Christ, enjoyment of people and a love of the outdoors.

A mischievous smile and twinkling eyes were an introduction to his sense of humor, creativity and boundless imagination and joy of life. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

He is survived by his wife, Dee; three sons and their wives, Keith and Donna McCoy of Tyler, Texas, Bart and Elaine McCoy of Longview, Texas, and Jeff and Tina McCoy of Powell; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Carolyn Marcanio of McMurray, Pa.

Guests and family from Texas, New York, Colorado, Oregon and Tennessee will share in the celebration of his memory Wednesday. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Viewing will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at Thompson Funeral Home.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorials to the American Heart Association.