I found Dr. McCoy’s obituary today while looking for someone else’s. I pulled the earlier item from my files. His brother, Devotie McCoy was a prosperous businessman and real estate agent who owned several successful enterprises in Caddo and built one of the biggest buildings in town, located on the north corner of Main and Buffalo Streets. (If you look at the top of the building you will see the imprint.)
The Caddo Herald
December 7, 1900
Dr. C. McCoy, of Ardmore, was here this week visiting the family of his daughter, Mrs. C.A. Bilbo, and his brothers, D. and A.B. McCoy.
Durant Weekly Democrat
February 25, 1916
(from the Ardmorite)
The funeral of Dr. McCoy, who died near Fort Worth while being brought back from South Texas, to which place he went in the hope of regaining his health following an attach of grippe, occurred yesterday afternoon at 3:30 at the family home at 738 Eighth Avenue, northwest. A large number of relatives were in attendance besides a vast number of old-time friends who paid his memory a tribute of respect by their attendance. Deceased was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and Dr. C. C. Weith, pastor of that church, had charge of the funeral services. At the cemetery the Masonic lodge took charge of the funeral and the body was buried with the honors of the order to which he was so devoted.
Dr. John McCoy, son of the deceased, was on the Mexican border when he learned by wireless of the death of his father and he hastened here to attend the funeral. He arrived at noon yesterday. In order for him to come he had to travel 300 miles by automobile to catch a train. The funeral was delayed to await his arrival.
The McCoy family has always been identified with Ardmore and is made up of a fine class of people. The demise of Dr. McCoy is a matter of general regret. He was one of the pioneers of the south and owned both residence and business property. Mr. and Mrs. A. B. McCoy of Caddo, who were present at the funeral, have returned home.
John Fielder, a grandson of the deceased who was present at the funeral, will return to his work at the machine shops of the Katy today in Denison.
Deceased was the grandfather of Cecil Bilbo of Durant, who attended the funeral at Ardmore.
Note: In my book Fat Men, I incorrectly listed Ella McCoy Bilbo as Devotie's sister instead of his niece. His sister was Nancy Ella.