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Coy J. Young
Tahlequah Daily Press
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
May 3, 2011
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

Services for Coy J. Young will be held on Wednesday, May 4, at 10 a.m., at the Reed-Culver Funeral Home of Tahlequah, with Pastor Newel Poteet officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Interment will take place at Double Springs Cemetery. Services have been entrusted to Reed-Culver Funeral Home of Tahlequah. Pallbearers for Coy include Justin Manes, Jeremy Rutherford, Jeremy Poteet, Bill Wise, Matt Stevens, and Bernie Espinoza. Honorary pallbearers include Norland Scrudder, Rick Risenhoover, Doc Carey, Sonny Lawson, Perry Stevenson, and all the men of Old Country Baptist Church.

Coy J. Young was born on Aug. 19, 1931, in Eli. He is the son of John Coy and Maggie Marie (Watkins) Young. He attended Hulbert school. In 1954, Coy enlisted in the U.S. Army and honorably served his country until his discharge in 1956. He returned to the Tahlequah area and on June 5, 1957, he married the love of his life, Maggie Rose Smith in Wagoner. Together, they raised six children. Coy, or Uncle "June" as he was known to his friends, worked as an electrician for Clyde's Electric.

When he wasn't busy working, he enjoyed time spent outdoors, either fishing or coon hunting. He was a gifted gardener, and raised the most wonderful vegetables and flowers. There was nothing better than traveling to see the sights. The best day, however, was any day spent in the company of his wife, children, grandchildren, and family. Coy was quiet and easy going. His family remembers Coy being loving and kind, generous with his time. A Baptist by faith, Coy was a member of the Old Country Baptist Church. He arrived at church with candy in his pockets to share with his friends. The Lord called Coy home from his labors on Saturday, April 30, 2011 in the Veterans Hospital, in Muskogee, with his family at his side. Coy was 79 years old. He will be greatly missed his many friends.

Coy is preceded in death by his parents, three of his children, Margaret Carey, Roseola Thornburg, and Arthur Lee Smith. He is also preceded by four brothers, Bob, Bill, Charles L., and Howard Lawson; and three sisters, Iris Purget, Wanda Nicholas, and Inez Foster.

Coy is survived by his wife of 53 years, Maggie of the home. He also leaves one son and two daughters, Tommy Young and wife Jennifer of Boise, Idaho, Ellen Reynolds of Coweta, and Mary Bolding of Park Hill. Coy is survived by two brothers, Jack Young and wife Barbara of Hulbert, and Jay Young also of Hulbert. Coy's legacy lives on in his 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, two very special grandsons, Robert Smith and wife Tonya of Tahlequah, and Ronnie Smith and wife Jennifer of Cookson, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends and loved ones.

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