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Peace Be With Lee McCoy and Family

Cindy Zimmerman

Lee McCoyOur friend and colleague Lee McCoy passed away early this morning in the arms of his sweet and courageous wife Aurora. She wrote us this morning to say that Lee “rode away on Chariots and White horses to meet the Morning Star.”

As many of you know, Lee has fought a tough battle with cancer for the past two years, defying all odds to be a survivor. He has participated in yearly cancer fundraising bike rides, raising over $6,000 last year for the BriarRose Grand Peloton cancer ride (see previous post).

We have known Lee for so many years that I don’t even know how long its been and he has always, always been a friend. He has worked for Southeast Agnet on and off for the past ten years or so and prior to that and in between he worked as a farm broadcaster in Texas. He is also a past NAFB regional vice president. SE Agnet president Gary Cooper posted a special farewell to Lee here on their blog.

We will all miss his humor, his special ties, his cowboy hat, and his great big heart. He was truly the “Real McCoy.” Ride on, my friend. Peace be with you and your family.

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  1. To say that it’s a sad day for everyone in ag media is a big understatement. There was only one Lee McCoy, and it’s hard to believe he’s gone. I go back more than 20 years with Lee when I worked in the Communications Department of the National Cotton Council in the mid-1980s and he was a Texas farm broadcaster. He had a big booming voice and an even bigger heart. He could also strike up a conversation with anyone — even perfect strangers. When Lee made the move from the Texas-Oklahoma region to his newfound home at Southeast AgNet, he always would call me when he passed through Memphis. Even if he only had a few minutes to chat on the phone, he never missed an opportunity to call an old friend. I have attended numerous cotton industry events through the years and have always enjoyed Lee’s company. He may be gone, but he isn’t forgotten. It was my privilege to have known him, and my thoughts and prayers are with his wife Aurora and family.

    Tommy Horton
    Editor
    Cotton Farming magazine
    Memphis, Tenn.

  2. To say that it’s a sad day for everyone in ag media is a big understatement. There was only one Lee McCoy, and it’s hard to believe he’s gone. I go back more than 20 years with Lee when I worked in the Communications Department of the National Cotton Council in the mid-1980s and he was a Texas farm broadcaster. He had a big booming voice and an even bigger heart. He could also strike up a conversation with anyone — even perfect strangers. When Lee made the move from the Texas-Oklahoma region to his newfound home at Southeast AgNet, he always would call me when he passed through Memphis. Even if he only had a few minutes to chat on the phone, he never missed an opportunity to call an old friend. I have attended numerous cotton industry events through the years and have always enjoyed Lee’s company. He may be gone, but he isn’t forgotten. It was my privilege to have known him, and my thoughts and prayers are with his wife Aurora and family.

    Tommy Horton
    Editor
    Cotton Farming magazine
    Memphis, Tenn.

  3. To say that it’s a sad day for everyone in ag media is a big understatement. There was only one Lee McCoy, and it’s hard to believe he’s gone. I go back more than 20 years with Lee when I worked in the Communications Department of the National Cotton Council in the mid-1980s and he was a Texas farm broadcaster. He had a big booming voice and an even bigger heart. He could also strike up a conversation with anyone — even perfect strangers. When Lee made the move from the Texas-Oklahoma region to his newfound home at Southeast AgNet, he always would call me when he passed through Memphis. Even if he only had a few minutes to chat on the phone, he never missed an opportunity to call an old friend. I have attended numerous cotton industry events through the years and have always enjoyed Lee’s company. He may be gone, but he isn’t forgotten. It was my privilege to have known him, and my thoughts and prayers are with his wife Aurora and family.

    Tommy Horton
    Editor
    Cotton Farming magazine
    Memphis, Tenn.

  4. I have had the joy of knowing Lee since his middle school days in Duncan OK. He was a loyal, humorous, faithful friend to me all these years. In the past few years we were together each time he came to Denver on business. We shared meals and laughter each time we got together. He could share his struggle with cancer and in doing so truly inspired all who knew him. We prayed together and his confidence in God’s love for him was steadfast. He was truly one of the most gracious men I have ever known. He loved both the strong and the weak. His relationship with God sustained him to the very end of his life on earth. I remember well him playing basket ball in high school and his friendship with so many in our school. His eyes simply came alive when he talked of Aurora and his family. We are the blest ones by knowing Lee. May the Lord grant him eternal rest in the presence of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that he well knew to be one God, now and forever.

  5. I have had the joy of knowing Lee since his middle school days in Duncan OK. He was a loyal, humorous, faithful friend to me all these years. In the past few years we were together each time he came to Denver on business. We shared meals and laughter each time we got together. He could share his struggle with cancer and in doing so truly inspired all who knew him. We prayed together and his confidence in God’s love for him was steadfast. He was truly one of the most gracious men I have ever known. He loved both the strong and the weak. His relationship with God sustained him to the very end of his life on earth. I remember well him playing basket ball in high school and his friendship with so many in our school. His eyes simply came alive when he talked of Aurora and his family. We are the blest ones by knowing Lee. May the Lord grant him eternal rest in the presence of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that he well knew to be one God, now and forever.

  6. I have had the joy of knowing Lee since his middle school days in Duncan OK. He was a loyal, humorous, faithful friend to me all these years. In the past few years we were together each time he came to Denver on business. We shared meals and laughter each time we got together. He could share his struggle with cancer and in doing so truly inspired all who knew him. We prayed together and his confidence in God’s love for him was steadfast. He was truly one of the most gracious men I have ever known. He loved both the strong and the weak. His relationship with God sustained him to the very end of his life on earth. I remember well him playing basket ball in high school and his friendship with so many in our school. His eyes simply came alive when he talked of Aurora and his family. We are the blest ones by knowing Lee. May the Lord grant him eternal rest in the presence of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that he well knew to be one God, now and forever.

  7. Lee was one of those wonderful folks whose mere presence lit up a room. He was warmth, caring and kindness personified. Rest well, my friend. You will always be remembered with a smile.

  8. Lee was one of those wonderful folks whose mere presence lit up a room. He was warmth, caring and kindness personified. Rest well, my friend. You will always be remembered with a smile.

  9. Lee was one of those wonderful folks whose mere presence lit up a room. He was warmth, caring and kindness personified. Rest well, my friend. You will always be remembered with a smile.

  10. Lee was a very friendly person. I have been out of farm radio for five years but I can still recall many wonderful vivid memories of him standing tall in his signature cowboy hat. My thoughts and prayers to Aurora and the rest of his family.

  11. Lee was a very friendly person. I have been out of farm radio for five years but I can still recall many wonderful vivid memories of him standing tall in his signature cowboy hat. My thoughts and prayers to Aurora and the rest of his family.

  12. Lee was a very friendly person. I have been out of farm radio for five years but I can still recall many wonderful vivid memories of him standing tall in his signature cowboy hat. My thoughts and prayers to Aurora and the rest of his family.

  13. Thank you for your sharing your memories of Lee with me and our children. I loved Lee so much that at times it hurt. He was and is the best that has ever happened to me, a true gift from G-d. I am so blessed and happy that he was my friend, soulmate, and husband. The love of my life. He is in heaven now and all I can do is hope for that day when we are together again. Thank you again for sharing your love for Lee, the many emails and phone calls I have received have made my loss almost bearable. Please never forget Lee.
    Love to all,
    Aurora

  14. Thank you for your sharing your memories of Lee with me and our children. I loved Lee so much that at times it hurt. He was and is the best that has ever happened to me, a true gift from G-d. I am so blessed and happy that he was my friend, soulmate, and husband. The love of my life. He is in heaven now and all I can do is hope for that day when we are together again. Thank you again for sharing your love for Lee, the many emails and phone calls I have received have made my loss almost bearable. Please never forget Lee.
    Love to all,
    Aurora

  15. Thank you for your sharing your memories of Lee with me and our children. I loved Lee so much that at times it hurt. He was and is the best that has ever happened to me, a true gift from G-d. I am so blessed and happy that he was my friend, soulmate, and husband. The love of my life. He is in heaven now and all I can do is hope for that day when we are together again. Thank you again for sharing your love for Lee, the many emails and phone calls I have received have made my loss almost bearable. Please never forget Lee.
    Love to all,
    Aurora

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