Otha Lee McCoy


Otha Lee McCoy was born Nov. 13, 1945 to the late Mr. Glen McCoy Sr. and Mrs. Ira Jane McCoy in Madisonville. He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Sweet Zion Missionary Baptist Church he later joined Pool Chapel Baptist Church was an active member of the Pool Chapel Brotherhood and the Male Chorus.

He graduated from Marion Anderson High School, Madisonville, in 1965.  He played on the Basketball Team where he was one of the star players.  Many say he invented the three-pointer because he would shoot right after he crossed the half court line.  He was the first African American in Madisonville to receive a full Basketball Scholarship to Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, where he was a member of the Panther Basketball Team. In 1966 he was united in Holy Matrimony to the love of his life Mary Florence McCoy for 46 years. To this union one daughter was born Monica Annette. Otha worked many years at Brown & Root in Houston before starting work at Texas Department of Criminal Justice where he was a Correctional Officer then promoted to Food Service Manager for 34 years before retiring.  During this time he also coached women’s softball and also played on the men’s softball team.  He also loved to trail ride he was a member Family Circle Leisure Club then later became a member of Unity Riders where he held the position of Vice President.  He was also a Loral supporter of Madisonville Lil Dribblers Basketball, Madisonville Mustangs Football, Boys and Girls Basketball Teams.

Preceding him in death are his loving wife Mary Florence McCoy, parents Mr. Glen McCoy and Mrs. Ira McCoy; brother Larry Joe McCoy; and three grandchildren Monnissia McCoy, Andrew McGinty, and LaFlorence McGinty; one brother-in-law Thurston Jordan and Goddaughter Verna Gilbert.

Cherishing his memories are a loving daughter Monica Annette McCoy and Granddaughter Miracle DarMoni’ McGinty of Katy; two brothers, Glen McCoy, Jr., Robert (Jessie) McCoy; one sister Minnie Jordan of Madisonville; four sisters-in-law, Tympania McCoy of Houston, Hattie Glaze of Madisonville, Emma (Columbus) Washington of Dallas and Maxine Nugent-Ross of Conroe; godsons Zock (Shola) Allen of La Place, La., Edmond (Curea) Washington and Eric (Tomika) Washington of Dallas; goddaughters Erica (Dennis) West of Centerville, and Sydney Nugent of Conroe; “adopted” Zannavia (Charles) Wilpitz, Andrea (Keith) Dennis, Sondrea Williams of Houston, Ray Johnson of Madisonville and Earll Washington of Houston and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.