Pastor Nellie Love McCoy

Tuesday, April 4, 1933 - Sunday, August 5, 2018

A Life Devoted To Her Lord

Photo of Pastor Nellie Love McCoy  - 1933-2018

Pastor Nellie Sue Love McCoy of  Canton, entered into her Heavenly Home on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the age of 85.

 Canton - A native of Cherokee, North Carolina, Mrs. McCoy was born April 4, 1933 in the community known as Bird Town, to the late Robert Love and the late Ella Thomas Love.

 Nellie began her early education at Reynolds Elementary School in Canton , later attended school in Waynesville and then returned to the new Reynolds High School where she graduated as an A honor roll student. A talented athlete, Nellie played basketball, served as the team captain and was honored with being selected the Best Forward Player in both Western NC and South Carolina.

 Sister McCoy was an active and faithful member of her church, where she was the youth leader and also a Sunday School teacher. She was called into the ministry and evangelized for four years in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and North Carolina. She began pastoring in 1954 throughout North Carolina in the cities of Black Mountain, Franklin, Marion, Wilmington, Selma, Erwin, Red Springs, Fayetteville, and Canton. Sister McCoy also worked in a North Carolina youth camp for 17 years and was chosen as youth camp director for 14 of those dedicated years. She attended youth camp in Muskogee, Oklahoma for two years and was also invited to attend the Miami State Convention to preach on the youth program. Sister McCoy attended the convention in Nassau, Bahamas for an entire week and assisted Bishop Trogan in organizing two churches in Elizabeth City and Smithfield, North Carolina. Sister McCoy has devoted her life to her Lord and Saviour and has preached many funerals in Canton, Ohio and Virginia. She attended Bible training camp in Cleveland, Tennessee for 3 years and served as a pastor for 45 wonderful years, meeting many dear people and being blessed with a multitude of friends. Let us always remember the words of our beloved Sister McCoy,“ I have so many sons and daughters all over the state and when God’s children get together, what a time, what a time that will be. I will see you soon at the family reunion in heaven.”

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, one brother and a special niece.

 Survivors include her deeply loved, one and only, husband of 59 years, Elmon McCoy of Canton; her son,Calvin Cornell McCoy Love of Charlotte; her daughter, Brenda Gibson and her husband, Walt Gibson of Canton; grandsons,  Byron McDougald,  Calvin C. Madden and his significant other Keya, and Haile Gibson; granddaughters, Bathsheba Gibson, and Vanna Gibson; great-grandchildren, Shaylin Madden, Calvin Madden, Caleb Madden, Khianah Gibson, and Janet McDougald; a sister, Johnnie Belle Woods of Athens, GA;  an uncle, Charles Coleman of Canton and several nieces and nephews.

 A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church where Sister McCoy will lie in state from 1:00 until 2:00 pm prior to the funeral service. Pastor Carl Waden and Pastor Clarence Laney, Jr. will be officiating. Burial will be in Gibsontown Community Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Friday evening at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

 The McCoy family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to DaVita Dialysis Center  in Clyde and CarePartners Hospice for their kindness and care given to our beloved Nellie.

 Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the McCoy family and words of comfort may be shared at


Condolences from family and friends


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There are no words to express what this lady has meant to so many people. She was the epitome of love and kindness. I send my condolences to the family. I pray that they find solace and peace during their time of bereavement.
June Tucker
Sister Nellie McCoy- such an embodiment of Christ's love. She loved everyone. The example she provided for us all to be more Christ-like always stands out in my mind. They really do not make them like her anymore. Always kind to me and was the same every single time. I loved her for that in addition to everything else. I am praying peace and comfort for the family but rest in knowing she finally is seeing her Lord.
Vikki Conley-Ikard
To my family, Sis. McCoy has completed journey. She came into my life & introduced me to my journey. I praise God for her life & love. My heart will always remember this earth angel.
Gail Bryant
Dearest Aunt Nellie will be missed but always loved. Forever in remembrance is her sweet spirit, prophetic words of encouragement, soft chuckle when she laughed and for always keeping an eye on my siblings and I when we stayed with her. We love you Auntie Nellie. ❤️
Nicole Sheats Wright