It is with profound sorrow that we share the news of the loss of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, William David “Bill” McCoy. He was 76. He shared his great love, passion and knowledge for all his family and friends and will be greatly missed.
He was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on March 20, 1943, where his father was serving in the Army Air Corps in World War II. He was raised in the small town of Richwood, West Virgina, by his now deceased parents, William Clyde and Geraldine McCoy, along with his sisters Sandra McCoy Betz and Beverly McCoy.
There he met his future wife Sherry Lafferty, and they shared growing up together though high school.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1961 and served through 1964, during the Vietnam War. After returning from service, he attended and graduated from West Virginia University in 1969 with a degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management. He was soon employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and moved to California in 1976 after eight years in Nashville, Tennessee.
He retired from the Corps in 1998 after serving 22 years in the San Francisco office as Operations Chief for the South Pacific Division and moved to Weaverville where he built his home and lived until 2017. During his Weaverville years, he was deeply involved with the Trinity County Historical Society, serving as a director for several years, as well as its firearms manager. During his time in Weaverville, he, along with four others, began the “Trinity Cares” group in order to ensure the continuation of Trinity Hospital through a tax proposition.
He was a outdoorsman and woodcarver, and often blessed his friends by sharing his wildlife carvings. He was an excellent “wine taster” and loved playing poker with his good friends. He and Sherry had 51 years of a great life together.
He is survived by his wife Sherry; children Kenneth McCoy (Cheryl), Tracey Trent (Darryl), and William Scott McCoy and fiancee Cori Chisholm. He is also survived by grandchildren Chris McCoy, Brandon McCoy, Nicholas Kretzschmar, Laken Pilacelli, Dawson Trent, Peyton Trent, and Liam McCoy. He is survived by his great-grandchildren Apollo Williams and Emily Autumn McCoy.
He was greatly loved and respected by his family for his wisdom, wit and ability to know the answer to their questions. A large hole has been left in our hearts for a man who went too soon and will be well remembered.