Myrtle Helen McCoy Holland passed away, at the age of 97, on Monday, August 10, 2020 at Bon Secours Hospital in Mechanicsville, VA.
She was born on August 23, 1922 in Cove City, NC, the daughter of Mark Hebrew McCoy and Willie Franklin Stroud McCoy. As a young girl, she was baptized in the Mormon tradition. She attended elementary school and high school in Dover, NC. She went on to graduate from the Durham Institute of Barbering. Myrtle married the love of her life, Richard Edward “RE” Holland, on July 16, 1973. They worked and lived together in Tappahannock, VA where she lived for the rest of her days.
Myrtle liked to stay in touch with family, friends and acquaintances. She was fond of discussing family history and had a sense of humor that could liven up any conversation. She often returned to Cove City, NC where she enjoyed attending the Fireman’s Day, her high school reunion, and the Jim Taylor family reunion. She also traveled throughout Virginia to visit with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. If someone asked her about her travels, she would sometimes reply, “I’m attending to my business.”
She was preceded in death by her first husband Richard Floyd McCoy Sr.; her second husband, Richard Edward “RE” Holland; a loving son, Richard Floyd McCoy Jr.; and siblings Lela Mae Collins, Lula Beatrice Meritt, Dorothy Demple Johnson, Janie Lucille Kornegay, James Timothy McCoy, Arthur Hebrew McCoy, and Mark Anthony “Mack” McCoy.
She is survived by a brother, Woodley Franklin “Buck” McCoy of Cove City; her devoted son Russell Edward Holland and wife Debbie of Powhatan, VA; grandchildren Chanté Teresa McCoy, Richard Floyd McCoy III, Deborah Challen Holland, Marcia Gail Headley and husband Jeff, Russell Edward Holland Jr. and wife Anna, and Amanda Helen Holland; great-grandchildren Carl Winston Opauski III, Sarah Jane Edwards, Charles Scott Edwards, Caroline Elisabeth Edwards, Emma Brook Headley, Savannah Challen Headley, Olivia Grace Headley, Olivia Riley Aston, Russell Edward “RE” Holland III, Joshua Mathias Holland, Richard Simon Riera-McCoy Chelsea Chante Willie McCoy, and Emily Page Hudson; and great-great-grandchildren Vada Renee Opauski, Sami Marie Hudson, and Harrison Reid Hudson.
She will long be remembered by all those who knew her. A graveside service will be held Monday, August 17, 2020 at 2:00PM at the McCoy family cemetery located on Mark McCoy Road, Cove City, NC 28523
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