John Clark McKoy, 99, one of McDowell County’s oldest residents, died at his home on U. S. Highway 70, near Greenlee, Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Mr. McKoy was born May 30, 1853, the son of the late Leah Blackwelder McKoy, a native of Cabarrus county, and George Clark McKoy, a native of Iredell county, in a house which stood on the same farm, and about one mile away from where the present home place stands.
He attended the old school known as the George Peabody Academy, at Siloam, an later the Greenlee Academy, founded and taught by Miss Hattie Greenlee.
He was never in military service, being too young for the war between the states and too old for later wars.He learned the carpentry trade in his early youth an built several of the homes in his community, including the Blanton home at Greenlee.He was considered something of an expert as an interior finisher and liked to talk of his work on the Vanderbilt mansion in Asheville and of John Vanderbilt whom he knew personally.
He also helped to build the old Siloam Presbyterian church and served as a member of the building committee.Another project he worked on was the building of the State School for the deaf in Morganton.
He was always active in his community and helped to organize the “Farmer’s Union,” serving as one of its first presidents.He served for a number of years on the Greenlee School committee, an served as an Elder of Siloam Presbyterian church for 78 pears (sic).He was also the church Clerk of Sessions for 56 years.
He had a splendid tenor voice and loved to sing at almost any occasion.He taught singing schools once or twice.He was a friendly person and enjoyed having friends and neighbors call at home.He had been in declining health for the past few years and was confined to his bed most of the past year.
His wife, the former Miss Allie H. Hoyle of Marion, died several years ago.The McKoys had four children and four are living.There are one son, John Clark McKoy Jr., of Asheville; and three daughters, Mrs. Nolan H. Lawing and Ms. Charles McCall of Old Fort Route 1, and Mrs. Carroll S. Gilliam of Silver Springs, Md.Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. T. L. Tate of the home; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Siloam Presbyterian church by Dr. Carl W. McMurray, pastor of First Presbyterian church.Burial was in the church cemetery.