McCoy, Isaiah L.



September 7, 1912 – August 25, 1982
  Reverend Isaiah McCoy was born in Alexandria, Louisiana, on September 7, 1912, and departed this life August 25, 1982.
  He was married to the former Clara Toussaint of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1934. Their marriage was blessed with seven children; three daughters: Mrs. Janice A. Shepherd, Mrs. Harriett D. Bilbrew and Mrs. Letitia Hill, and four sons: Garner McCoy, Burnell McCoy, Leroy McCoy and Eric McCoy, who preceded his father in death.
 Rev. McCoy began his ministry in 1944.  He was an ordained Elder in the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church and served in the Louisiana Conference for thirty years until his retirement in 1980.
  He attended Rust College and Waveland Seminary School in Waveland, Mississippi. His pastorates included: Le June-Lobdell Circuit; St. Paul-Scott Circuit; Hartzell-Shiloh Circuit; Melville-Palmetto Circuit; Wesley Roy, Live Oak and Mar’s Chapel-Angie Circuit.
  He stood as a tall pine in the forest of the ministry. He was dedicated to the task of preaching the Gospel and serving mankind.
  He was great in his friendships and dearly loved his fellow men.
  Isaiah was a faithful servant of the Lord until his death. The Master has come and called him from labor to reward.
  Servant of God, well done!
     Rest from thy loved employ;
  The battle fought, the victory won,
     Enter thy Master’s joy.
  The pains of death are past,
     Labor and sorrow cease,
  And life’s long warfare closed at last,
     Thy soul is found in peace.
Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 1983; p. 190.                    Clarence L. Hillard

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