On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, Paul Bland McCoy, 93, passed away peacefully at home with his wife, granddaughter, Alexandria and great niece, Alena by his side. Paul is survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara Cotten McCoy; a son, Donald Patrick McCoy and wife Barbara Gray; daughter, Paula McCoy Schaefer; granddaughter, Molly Comins and husband Clayton, granddaughter Rene Blayton and husband Josh; granddaughter, Savannah Schaefer, granddaughter, Alexandria Hurley; grandson, Ruffin McCoy; and son-in-law, Brian Hurley,five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Wesley McCoy and Candace Farrar McCoy, sister Hazel McCoy Ferguson, brother John Franklin McCoy, step-daughter, Christine Miller Hurley, and son, Barry Nelson McCoy.
Paul was born in Chatham County on February 18, 1929, and graduated from Moncure High School. He became a respected farmer and was appointed by former Gov. Jim Martin to be a member of the Vocational and Applied Technology Panel representing agriculture. Paul was past president of Chatham County Farm Bureau, former member of the Chatham County Planning board, past chairman of the Chatham County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee, former member of N.C. State University Agriculture Foundation and former member of the Chatham County Farmer’s Home Administration Committee. Paul was also a member of the Chatham County Agriculture Business Council and State board member of N.C. Farm Bureau. Along with his many agricultural commitments, Paul was a former member of the Board of Directors, First Citizens Bank, Pittsboro, N.C. In 1992, Paul McCoy was the recipient of The Order of The Long Leaf Pine, a prestigious award given by former governor, Jim Martin.
Paul attended Ebenezer United Methodist Church and later in life became a member of Christian Chapel Church. His rich baritone voice will be missed by anyone who heard him sing in the choir or at various events such as weddings or reunions. Many times his wife Barbara would accompany him.
The family visitation will be held at Donaldson’s Funeral Home and Crematory, 396 West St., Pittsboro, on Wednesday, June 1, from 5:30-7:30 pm. A celebration of Paul’s blessed life will be held at Christian Chapel Christian Church, 3262 Christian Chapel Church Rd., New Hill on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 2 p.m. with a brief internment ceremony in the cemetery. (Due to a road closure, you should follow Highway 42 through Corinth to get to the church.)
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for you to honor Paul’s love for his church by donating to Christian Chapel Church Cemetery Fund. Donations can be sent to Christian Chapel Church, c/o B. McCoy. 3557 Pea Ridge Rd, New Hill, NC, 27562.
How do I love thee, Let me count the ways.
I love thee with the breath, Smiles and tears of all my life.
And if God choose, I shall love thee better after death.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning