In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Charlot McCoy, 1943-2024

Portrait of Charlotte McCoy. IMB Photo

Charlot McCoy, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel in Panama and Mexico, died June 6, 2024, in Statesville, North Carolina. She was 81. 

Charlot was born May 15, 1943, in Statesville, North Carolina, to the late Ralph and Lorene Fox. She graduated from Celeste Henkel High School in Iredell County, North Carolina, and received her diploma from Davis Hospital School of Nursing (now closed), Statesville. 

Charlot met Larry McCoy during her senior year of nursing school. They were married Oct. 16, 1965. She passed the state board of examination and achieved Registered Nurse standing in 1965. After graduation, Charlot worked at Davis Hospital. Larry joined the United States Army and was eventually deployed to Vietnam. During those years, Charlot worked in several different hospitals.  

She came to faith in Christ at age 9 and soon after felt that God was calling her into Christian service and the mission field. After Larry was discharged from the Army, he became a pastor. When seeking appointment, Charlot wrote, “It was while Larry was pastor of Fairview Baptist Church that Dr. Baker James Cauthen spoke at an associational meeting. Dr. Cauthen called for people to make a commitment to the foreign mission field, and Larry and I went forward. We were telling the Lord that we were available to him if this is what he wanted.”  

In 1977, the International Mission Board appointed Larry and Charlot missionaries to Panama, where they served in church and home outreach ministries. They also served in Mexico.  

Charlot is preceded in death by a son, Brian McCoy. 

She is survived by Larry, her husband of 58 years; a daughter, Kathryn Lane (Jimmy); and three grandchildren.  

A celebration of life service was held June 13 at Beulah Baptist Church, in Statesville, with burial in the church cemetery. 

Donations in her memory may be made to the Lottie Moon Offering, IMB, 3806 Monument Avenue, Richmond VA 23230, or online at Generosity Resource Center – IMB Generosity. 

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