John Owen McCoy died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, July 27, 2013, one day prior to his 90th birthday.
Born July 28, 1923, he was the son of the late John O. McCoy, who was a former sheriff in Banks County, and Susie Pruitt McCoy, who was a librarian in Banks County for many years. Although born in Atlanta, John and his family moved to the rural town of Homer in Banks County as a result of the great depression.
After receiving degrees from North Georgia College and the University of Georgia, John served his country in the United States Army in Europe during World War II. On his return, he entered and received his law degree from Duke University School of Law. In 1949, he married the love of his life, Wilba Chambers Stanfield of Durham, N.C. John was a devoted husband and partner to Wilba throughout their 57 wonderful years of marriage until Wilba's death in June, 2006.
They had two children, four beautiful granddaughters and a precious great-granddaughter - all of whom he was especially proud. Also in 1949, John accepted a position in the tax department of Arthur Andersen & Co. in Atlanta, where he spent his entire 37-year professional career. In 1950, he was admitted to the Georgia Bar and in 1953 became a Certified Public Accountant. In 1960, he became the first tax professional hired in the Atlanta office to become a partner and served as head of the Tax Department from 1958 - 1969. For a number of years, he also held Firmwide responsibility for Arthur Andersen's Estate and Personal Financial Planning practice.
John and Wilba were charter members of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, where they each served faithfully until their deaths. John served on many committees within the church including several terms as Chairman of the Diaconate and taught a Bible class for over 40 years. John was also predeceased by his two sisters, Rachel N. McCoy and Susan M. Caudell.
Survivors include his son, John O. McCoy, Jr. and his wife Nancy, Houston, Texas; a daughter, Melinda M. Hall and her husband, Leon, Atlanta; granddaughters, Cynthia Austin, Margaret Jernberg, Karen Hepfer and Katie McCoy; great-granddaughter, Cadence Austin; two nephews, Thomas M. Caudell and Robert M. Caudell; and many wonderful friends.
Funeral services were held at the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Wednesday, July 31, followed by a reception at the church and interment at Arlington Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in memory of John McCoy.
H.M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel, Sandy Springs, was in charge of arrangements.