Dewey Franklin McCoy Jr., 49, Army veteran who served during the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom

Dewey Franklin McCoy Jr.

WILMINGTON — Dewey Franklin McCoy Jr., 49, went to be with the Lord on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021. He was born Jan. 10, 1972, in Logan, West Virginia, to Dewey Franklin McCoy Sr. and Ida Miller.

Ever since he was a child, he wanted to be a soldier. He went on to do just that. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army and a member of the U.S. National Guard 2nd Battalion/19th Special Forces Group. He served in the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he received a Purple Heart and many other service medals. After being medically retired from the military due to injuries sustained in combat, Jr. continued his education at Sonoran Desert Institute. There, he received an Associate Degree in Firearms Technology in 2016. Jr. was a gunsmith and blacksmith who loved the art of weaponry. He was a true patriot who loved and honored his country and fought to defend it.

Jr. was a devoted husband and loving father to his children, who loved the Lord. He received so much joy from spending time with his family and beloved pet cat Bandit, who he rescued. Above anything else Jr. wanted to be where his family was; he would do anything to protect them and keep them safe. Along with being a family man and military man, Jr. was an artist. He found joy and solace in disc golfing, painting and woodworking. Jr. was one of a kind who was loved by many. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dewey Franklin McCoy Sr.; brother, Delbert A. Harrison, and niece, Rachael Flowers.

He is survived by his wife, Carla Salera McCoy; son, Caleb McCoy; daughter, Cassidy Byrd of Wilmington; mother, Ida Miller; sister, Sherry Flowers; and best friend (brother), P.J. Bias of Logan, West Virginia.

A chapel service, with military honors, will be held in Arlington National Cemetery, per Jr.’s wishes, at a later date to be determined.

Share online condolences with the family at Coble Funeral and Cremation Service at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

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