Jerald McCoy


Go rest high on that mountain you so loved; your work on earth is done.

Jerald L. McCoy, age 73, peacefully passed away at Gracemont Assisted Living in Cumming, Georgia.

Jerry was born in Columbus, Indiana, January 9, 1943.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Wilma (Vance)McCoy; and two sisters, Judy and Joyce McCoy. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Pat McCoy.

Jerry attended Columbus High School where he swam on the state winning swim team. He later attended West Point Military academy and completed his undergraduate at Valparaiso where he swam and played water polo.

In 1968, he married Sandra Cocagne and they had two daughters, Nora and Amanda. He was proud to be their father. Jerry was a soccer coach for years to both girls and was an active part of their Girl Scout troop.

On November 17, 1983, he married Patricia Bowlby Kern and her two daughters, Barbara and Kimberly Kern. He truly had four daughters. He was blessed with 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is survived by all and four wonderful sons-in-law, Nora (McCoy) Price, husband Clark, Emily, Jaret and Anna Marie; Amanda (McCoy) Wade, husband Edward, Elizabeth (Betsy), Rebecca (Becca), adopted daughters, Melisa and Melina; Barbara (Kern), husband Brent Geater, Kyra, Dylan; Kimberly (Kern) Bee husband, Brian, Jessica Bee, Justin Kern and Travis Humphrey; and three great-grandchildren.

Jerry was a partner with Breeden Realtors for 20 years. He served as city councilman at large in his hometown of Columbus, Indiana, in the late 80’s. After retiring at 49, he and Pat traveled for the next 15 years, visiting every state, every continent and driving every mile of the U.S. interstate system. While living in Bradenton, Florida, he earned his life masters in Bridge and ran many games at the Bradenton Bridge Club. While living in Hendersonville, North Carolina, Jerry volunteered to help maintain the Appalachian Trail. He hiked sections in every state. He was an avid reader and enjoyed investing in real estate.

He leaves behind many family and friends that will miss him, his stories and jokes.

His family will scatter his ashes at a private ceremony on top of a mountain on the Appalachian Trail. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“This too shall pass.”