Forrest B. McCoy was born on August 9, 1937, in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He confessed Christ at an early age and was baptized at Springhill Baptist Church under the late Reverend M. M. Morris. Mr. McCoy graduated from Bowman High School with the Class of 1957. He served as President of the Student Council. After graduation, McCoy moved to Seattle, Washington to start his career with Boeing Airplane Company. He joined Peoples Institutional Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Fountain W. Penick shortly after his arrival in Seattle. He was an active Usher Board member for many years and a Sunday School teacher for 40 years. He was also involved in the Big & Little Brothers Ministry. His personal ministry was going to hospitals and care centers on a weekly basis to visit with church members and friends. Forrest retired from The Boeing Company in 1992 after 35 years of faithful service. He was a member of the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers, Lodge #751 for his entire career and he helped to launch Volume Food Basket, one of the first black grocery stores in Seattle.
McCoy was a quiet, humble man who God blessed with many talents. One of his most noteworthy talents was his ability to grow beautiful, arduous rose bushes. This was his passion and he truly loved sharing his roses with family, friends, the sick, and others in the community. No matter what Forrest had to say, he said it best with a rose. He also enjoyed reading, writing letters, bowling, taking walks, and make calls to his family and friends. He was deeply loved by all who knew him and will be truly missed.
Forrest would come back home to Vicksburg every December to be with his mother and family. He was preceded in death by his parents; William McCoy and Willye B. Mason, along with two sisters; Geneva Williams and Beulah Redmond.
He leaves to cherish his memories; his sister, E Hill De Loney of Flint, Michigan; two nephews, Luther Donald Hill, Jr., of Flint, Michigan, and Melvin E. Redmond, Jr. (Regina) of Slidell, Louisiana; five nieces, Sadie B. Tabron (Samuel) of Slidell, Louisiana, Rosa Williams of Seattle, Washington, Juanita Williams of Florida, Elizabeth Y. Redmond of Austin, Texas, and Cassandra R. Holmes (Aubrey) of Leanders, Texas. A host of great-nieces, great-nephews, relatives, classmates, and many friends. He was a fatherly inspiration to Brigadier General (retired) Donna Williams, Muriel Fair, Reve Doss, Aaron Thomas (deceased), Kathy Fair-Tucker, and Bryant Fair.
The family would like to thank Paula Crossley and Brittney Norman, Peoples Institutional Baptist Church, Aegis of Queen Anne of Seattle, Washington, and Restoration Senior Living of Covington, Louisiana.
Special Thanks to Ivory and Barbara Larry, and John and Brenda Radford.
Service/Interment Graveside Service September 4, 2020, 2 PM, Cedar Hill Cemetery Vicksburg, Mississippi. Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home, 2102 Clay St, Vicksburg, Mississippi 39183, 601-629-3500