That First Look (from my book - Rambling Thoughts of a Widow with Coffee)
Daddy, Momma and I went to a small country church just a few miles from where I was born and raised.
We started going there when I was about 8 years old.
One of the very first people I saw, was a boy about 9 or 10.
As soon as I saw him, I knew in my heart that I wanted to be his wife when I got old enough.
Did not even know his name!
But there was something about him that said – “That’s him!”
I found out later that it was Ricky Lee McCoy.
And he was all boy.
Didn’t seem to even know I was alive! Lol
We were just kids, but I had “set my cap” for him – and I was absolutely in love with a boy!
For reasons I never did understand, because it was not something you talked about – at least not to my Daddy and Momma – Daddy stopped going to church when I was about 10 or so.
For a while, Momma kept going.
But it caused some problems, so she quit going as well.
After a while, I was allowed to continue going.
One of my teachers was Rick’s Aunt Jerry.
When Momma quit going, I missed a couple of classes.
But then, Aunt Jerry stopped at the house to make sure I wasn’t sick.
When Momma told her that they weren’t going to church, so I had no way to get there, Aunt Jerry asked if she could come get me.
Momma was protective of me.
But it was the way she was, and I didn’t know any different.
However, she liked Aunt Jerry, and allowed her to pick me up and bring me home.
Momma often said that Aunt Jerry was the only one she trusted with me – so much so that Momma never asked me where we were going, or what we had done.
I always told her when I got home – but it was more of a “momma-daughter” conversation, not a grilling situation.
Thank you, Aunt Jerry, for being so faithful.
I am thankful for you every day.
You never treated me like a kid, and certainly never treated me like I was a bother!
I love you – more.
As I grew to be a teenager, Rick’s Uncle Lonnie and Aunt Cathey became our youth leaders, and once Momma met them – they, too, were allowed to pick me up and take me to church, as well as to outing events with the youth group.
I grew up in that church.
Worked in the nursery, taught classes, worked in Vacation Bible Schools.
Rick grew up in that church, too.
His daddy was one of the deacons.
His Dad and Mom worked hard in that church and taught just about every class at one time or another.
Many of Rick’s family went to that church.
I was friends with his sister, with his cousins.
I was never allowed to go to someone’s house outside the family.
Except, Momma allowed me to go over to his house and play with his sister.
Aunt Jerry made sure I was at many of the family functions away from church, with Momma always trusting her “to the moon”.
In all those years of growing up together in that church, it never really crossed my mind that we would not be married.
I just knew deep inside that we would be . . . in time.
Years came, and years went by.
Daddy and Momma never returned to church.
There, or anywhere else.
I guess the next, and last time, for them to go to church was when Rick and I got married – in that little country church.
September 5, 1980.
Never discount that First Look 😉
Ricky Lee McCoy was born November 28, 1959 to Jimmy and Mary Lou (Walker) McCoy in Sulphur Springs, TX.
He married Margaret Lunsford on September 5, 1980 in Sulphur Springs, TX.
Rick died April 23, 2015 at home.
Visitation was held on April 25, 2015 at the Tapp Funeral Home, 215 Gilmer St. Sulphur Springs TX from 6-8 p.m.
A Celebration of Rick's life was held on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at New Beginnings Church in Sulphur Springs TX at 2 p.m.
Rick is survived by his wife, Margaret.
His son, Joshua McCoy and wife Dessie.
His daughter, Angel McCoy.
4 grandchildren - Elijah Thompson, Brooklyn Thompson, Shell McCoy, Kyla McCoy.
Also survived by his parents, Jimmy & Mary Lou McCoy.
A sister, Tina Knotts and her husband David.
He has left a legacy of Faith, of Passion, of Love - with his family, his friends, his co-workers, his church.
Rick was a salesman, and a truck driver.
He was also an ordained deacon in the Baptist church, as well as a licensed and ordained Baptist minister.
An honest man.
A man of integrity.
The love of my heart and soul.
My Best Friend.
Born Margaret Lee Lunsford.
May 3, 1961
@ Sulphur Springs, TX, Hopkins County, USA
To parents, B.N. Lunsford & Pauline Rosie Greer Lunsford.
With siblings: Mary Ellen (Joslin), Gilbert Neal Lunsford, Billy Norris Lunsford, Bettie Sue (Stacks).
Married to become Mrs. Rick McCoy.
September 5, 1980
@ Richland Baptist Church, Brinker Community, Sulphur Springs, TX, Hopkins County, USA
2 children born to Rick & Margaret:
Angel Amanda McCoy
Joshua Dalton McCoy
Now a widow - Margaret McCoy
- since April 23, 2015.