MATTHEWS -- Nathan Ray McCoy, 81, died at 3 p.m. Aug. 22, 2008, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.
Born Sept. 4, 1926, at Eldridge, Tenn., to the late Willie West and Mary Clara Story McCoy, he was a gin operator and general maintenance man for the Allen-Davis Gin Company for many years and had also served as Water and Sewage commissioner for the city of Matthews. He was a sexton for the Matthews Cemetery for 20 years and a member of the First Baptist Church in Matthews.
On March 28, 1945, in Sikeston, he married Gertrude Ergle, and she survives of the home.
Other survivors include: three sons and daughters-in-law, Willie and Linda McCoy of McComb, Ill., Arthur and Sandy McCoy of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Jerry and Julia McCoy of Henderson, Tenn.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Grace and Gary Brown of Sikeston and Darlene and Bob Hamilton of Rockport, Texas; two sisters, Grace Burchfield of Lenexa, Kan., and Betty Thomas of Viola, Ark.; and six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and five sisters.
Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Jesse Thomas of Friendship Baptist Church in Greenbriar, Ark., will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Chris Polk, interim pastor of the First Baptist Church in Matthews.
Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston.