W.D. was born to Charlie and Lula McCoy on February 26, 1934, in Dallas Texas. Franklin D.
Roosevelt was the President. He was the 10th born out of eleven siblings. All preceded him in death.
By the time he was born, his parents ran out of names, which is why his name is W.D. initials only.
His early education took place in Dallas, Texas. When he was 7 the family relocated to Los Angeles,
California for better living conditions. California was the place to go.
During his early adolescent years, W.D. accepted Christ and was baptized at Cornerstone Baptist
Church of Los Angeles. He loved singing and immediately joined the teen"s choir. It was at this point
that his powerful tenor voice was discovered. He attended Jefferson High School where he ran track
and won first place numerous times. After graduation he attended Los Angeles City College, but this
was short-lived because not even a year passed before he was drafted in the United States Army.
Before going into the army, he met the love of his life, Evelyn Green and became engaged. Because of
his service in the army, she had to wait eighteen months for his return. W.D. was discharged on
December 30, 1955 and two weeks later they were happily married on January 15, 1956. Evelyn
affectionately called him "DUB," which became his adopted name by everyone who knew him. To
their union came two beautiful daughters, Sherry and Kim.
In 1960, W.D. united with the Mount Moriah Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Dr. Earl
A. Pleasant. He served faithfully under the pastorate of Dr. Melvin Von Wade, Sr., until his death.
He served in the Deacon"s Ministry, on the First Saturday Communion Committee and Board of
Management; he was Co-Leader of the Wednesday Noon Day Prayer Band, a member of the Sunday
Church School " Deacon/Trustees Class. In past years he served as Church Treasurer, the Church
Photographer, and a member of the Senior Choir, Inspirational Chorus and the E. A. Pleasant
W.D. was a Postal Police Officer for the United States Postal Service for over 30 years. During his
career he received special recognition from LIFE Magazine for being best Marksman. He would often
convey this fact to Sherry and Kim"s boyfriends. In addition to singing, W.D. was also known for being
a photographer. Everyone he knew was in at least in one picture.
W.D. led an active life. He was a Youth Commissioner for the City of Hawthorne, a president of the
Toastmaster-Dynamic 90s Division, a leader of the Neighborhood Watch and the organizer of the
Block Club of 115th Place. Although he was an active man, he was most happy when he was with his
family. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren to special events.
W.D. McCoy was preceded in death by his Mother and Father and ten siblings. He leaves to cherish
his memory, his loving wife of 61 years, Evelyn, two daughters, Sherry Porter (Dean), Kim Bradley
(Roscoe), Three grandchildren, Aaron Bradley, Amber Bradley, Elitress Johnson (Isaac), and a host
of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and special friends.
The family of W.D. McCoy would like to thank you for the many acts of loving kindness shown to us during our bereavement. Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.
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