Terry McCoy

Terry Glynn McCoy

Friday, April 7th, 1950 - Friday, March 12th, 2021
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Terry Glynn McCoy, former teacher in White County, passed away at his home in Putnam County. He was 70 years old and suffered from the later stages of Parkinson's Disorder.

He is survived by his wife, Reba Dishman; a daughter, Keely McCoy (and son-in-law, Alan Luboniecki) all of Putnam County. Also surviving him are sisters, Ruth Burks of Ft. Myers, FL, Patsy Pollard (and husband Jerry Pollard) of Appling, GA, and Rita Young (and husband Junior Young) of White County, TN; a brother, Floyd McCoy (and wife Nancy) of Sparta; sisters-in-law, Lynda McCoy of Sparta, TN, Eva McCoy of Auburndale, FL, Rita (and Willard) Norris of Sparta, TN, and Rhonda Jernigan of Sevierville, TN; brother-in-law, Randy Dishman of Cookeville, TN; and numerous loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joe P. McCoy and Lucille Lynn McCoy, by two brothers Gene McCoy and Tom McCoy, and a brother-in-law Rex Burks.

During his life, Terry enjoyed teaching sciences to thousands of eager students. He enjoyed answering the questions put to him by those students. He also liked competing in trivia contests, tennis, golf, baseball, woodworking, reading, "tree-hugging", and genealogy.

Terry has chosen cremation. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the family has decided to have a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, Terry requested donations to the McCoy Family Cemetery in the Black Oak Community of White County, TN. The family also encourages donations to the Parkinson's Foundation and The Arbor Day Foundation.

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Chris Sapp

Posted at 02:26am
Mr. McCoy was one of my most favorite instructors. I'll never forget him walking into the class dressed up like a wizard to teach us about the ancient art of alchemy. When my son came to live with me from Florida, I introduced him to Mr. McCoy and insisted that he be one of my son's instructors...he gladly obliged and now my son shares in his legacy as well. What a wonderful man, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him but he lives on in the hearts and minds of those he taught in school.

David and Henrietta Goodwin

Posted at 09:26am
We are sending our deepest sympathy, prayers, love and hugs to Reba, Keely and the entire family. Reba , please know we will daily be praying for you. We love the entire family and are so sorry about his passing . David and Henrietta Goodwin

Melissa S.

Posted at 04:45am
Mr. McCoy was an outstanding chemistry teacher when I attended White County High School back in 2006. His love and enthusiasm for both his students and teaching could not be any more obvious, and it made attending his classes very worthwhile. I’m forever grateful to him for everything he gave to his work, because it not only brought him joy, but it’s undoubtedly changed the lives of many students for the better, including mine. Thank you for everything, Mr. McCoy. My heartfelt condolences and love and healing are being sent to your family, friends, and loved ones for this tremendous loss.

- Melissa

Amy Smith

Posted at 03:56pm
I’m so sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Mr. McCoy is the reason I decided to major in Chemistry in college. I loved his class in high school. I will always remember him coaching our academic team and the laughs we got to have. From Amy (Sims) Smith

Ken Sapp

Posted at 01:40pm
Reba, Keely, and all the McCoy family. Caroline called me last weekend and shared Terry's passing. Terry was always the best person I know. He exemplified being the best son, father and teacher.
I'm very sorry for your loss.
Ken Sapp

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