by Al Myers
I received some sad news this week, passed along to me by Dale Harder, that longtime USAWA Joe McCoy has died. Joe was one of the pioneers of the USAWA and all round weightlifting in the Missouri Valley Region. His influence in the early days helped shape our organization. I’ve spent many hours visiting with Joe on the phone over the past 10 years, and his passion for the all rounds was still as great as it was when he was younger. Physical issues kept him from competing in these later years, but I know if he would have been capable, he would have been at many USAWA meets.
The following was from his obituary:
Joe McCoy, 71, passed away Friday May 30, 2014, in Fort Worth. The service was at 1:30 PM Monday at the Wiley Funeral Home in Glen Rose, Texas. Joe was born Jan 1st, 1943 in Stephenville Texas to J.C. and Louise McCoy. He married Mary Jo Phillips, June 10, 1961, in Burleson. He had lived in Glen Rose most of his life. He enjoyed weight lifting and working out. He also made movies of weight lifting contests.. He was preceded in death by his father.
I welcome comments and tributes on the USAWA Discussion Forum regarding those that knew Joe, and any stories you may have of him. If you prefer to just email them to me instead, that is alright. I plan to take these comments and write a tribute blog story in Joe’s remembrance.