Born in the country, Ferrison McCoy was the son of Harrison McCoy and Elizabeth Horton in Lancaster County, South Carolina on February 19, 1945. He was the third eldest of twelve children. At an early age, he was baptized in the Rocky Branch Baptist Church, the Horton and McCoy families' generational place of worship. Ferrison graduated from Heath Springs South Carolina's Hillside High School in 1963.
Ferrison enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country for two years. While there, he acquired training as a diesel mechanic and subsequently earned certification in this field. After receiving an honorable discharge, he migrated to Pittsburgh where his parents and most of family had relocated earlier. He then, joined the Army Reserves retiring in 1974. Ferrison obtained employment at Lampus Construction Company and later at Ezart Trucking Company where he utilized his skills as an extremely competent diesel mechanic.
As we continue to tell Ferrison's story, we knew him as June Bug, June and as he became older, just "Bug". He was a true family man and protector of the same. with a dynamic sense of humor, he had the ability to bring out the best in some of the worst people. Whenever the family was celebrating summer holidays and Annie Lou's annual visit, he was designated "grill master". One of "Bug's" favorite past times was playing Spades and he did so as if he invented the game.
God promised that he would come again to receive us. On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, he kept his promise. "Bug" expired at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA and traveled to his eternal home. Upon his arrival, he reunited with his father Harrison, sisters, Annie Lou McCain, Connie Lee McCoy, brother, Willie Reese McCoy and other family members.
Ferrison leaves to cherish his memory a devoted mother, Elizabeth McCoy, dedicated wife, Janis McCoy; three loving children, Kevin Guy, Ferrison McCoy, Jr. and Keisha "Booter" Gist; three darling grandchildren, Shadaya Guy and Ka'dence and De'Shawn Coates; precious sisters, Eula Mae Collins, Ada Patterson (John), Elnora Briston (Gene), Beatrice, Magalene and Carolyn McCoy and younger brother, Mark McCoy; dearest aunts, Odessa Horton, Mary, Shirley and Grace McCoy; and a whole slew of nieces, nephews and cousins who will truly miss him.