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Ashley Eugene McCoy

November 6, 1930 August 1, 2018
Ashley Eugene McCoy
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Ashley Eugene McCoy
Born: November 6, 1930
Died: August 1, 2018
Married: Barbara Ann McCoy, September 14, 1952
Children: Ken McCoy (Jeannie), Kathy Rauscher (Tim), Karen Buckley (Brian), Michael McCoy
Grandchildren: Megan Gomez, Aaron McCoy, Drew McCoy, Matt Rauscher, Malinda Hudson, John Buckley, Jennifer Morrow, Suzanne Clark, Jacob Buckley, Ryan McCoy
Great Grandchildren: 19 of them. A bunch!

We knew him by many names. Dad. Bother. Grampa. Poc. (That one was what his grandson, Aaron McCoy – who at the time was a toddler – called him. The name stuck.)

He was outgoing, fun, energetic, and full of laughter. He’d rub his hands in glee (if you’ve experienced it, you know what we’re talking about) when his team scored a touchdown, or when a grandchild finally jumped in the pool on his or her own. He took great delight in life – and lived it to the full.

Ashley Eugene McCoy was born on November 6, 1930, to a poor farm-working family in north Texas. He was the fifth of nine kids. His early life saw him going to school, working in the cotton fields, and playing sports for Dorchester High. He used to joke that he and Wimpy, the other member of his high school class, would have a class reunion whenever they got together.

He joined the Navy after high school, and played an important role in the Korean War. He was in “Air Intelligence” on the aircraft carrier Valley Forge. His team would evaluate the pilot reports of what was seen and accomplished on their sorties, and then set up the next day’s missions. He lost an upper-front tooth in a fight sometime during his stint on the “Happy Valley.” That lost tooth – or, actually, its replacement – would be the source of unending interest and fun for all the babies to come to the family as he poked that tooth out of its mooring while the babies tried to poke it back in.

While his ship was stationed in San Diego, he went roller skating one evening at a local rink – and met a beautiful 15-year-old local girl. They fell in love. When he was discharged from the service three years later, he and Barbara were married.

The kids started arriving not too long after that. First, Ken. Then, Kathy – followed by Karen, and then Michael.

The family started attending Oak Park Baptist Church. That is where he met Jesus and surrendered his life to Him. Life took on a new meaning and direction from that time forward.

They moved from San Diego to Sacramento – he was a Manager for American Service Bureau, a company that did background research on life insurance applicants for various life insurance companies. Then he was promoted, and the family moved to the San Francisco bay area. Kathy’s asthma issues prompted a move back to the Sacramento area, where they settled for a long while.

He got involved in the old Hazel Avenue Baptist Church in Fair Oaks, California. He was the pitcher on the fast-pitch softball team. (Just ask his kids how terrifying the experience was to play catcher while he practiced his pitching!) He was on the church board. He taught Sunday School classes. His role in that church, and his relationships with the pastor and congregation, became a defining engagement of his life.

When the company he worked for was purchased by another, he and Barbara made a move to Los Angeles. He built that office from a poor performer into a stellar example. So much so that, after several years, he was able to sell his interest in that business and retire at the ripe old age of 62.

They moved back to the Sacramento area, where he and Barbara were able to enjoy the company of friends and family. He went fishing in his little boat, walked to the donut shop each morning, played golf, and enjoyed not having to go to the office every day.

He is survived by three of his sisters: Maudie Mae Moss, Betty Knight, and Shirley Canady of Texas; Barbara, his wife of 65 and a half years; his children Ken, Kathy, Karen, and Michael; ten grandchildren, and nineteen great grand kids!

And, if you watch, you will see them mimicking him – rubbing their hands in glee, laughing uproariously, and genuinely loving each other.

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5:00 PM 8/4/2018 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 8/4/2018 7:00:00 PM
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Folsom, CA 95630

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Folsom, CA 95630

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