Rev. Tommy R Coy

August 5, 1930 ~ November 21, 2018 (age 88)

The Rev. Tommy R. Coy, 88, of Sun City West passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at his home in Payson. Born August 5, 1930, in Oklahoma, son of Robert W. and Essie (Henderson) Coy, he grew up in Oklahoma and New Mexico immersed in the Christian community that would be his lifelong support from an early age. He later moved with his parents and sister to Buckeye. There he met his soulmate, Wilma Henry. They married and enjoyed 58 years of a beautiful life together. Tommy farmed cotton in both Buckeye and Coolidge before he received his call to the ministry. With Bachelor degrees in both Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary he went to work for the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board in Atlanta, Georgia, where he served for many years. He received his Doctor of Theology degree from Southwestern and went to work for the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he served as their Director of Counseling. Tommy and Wilma left CBN to pastor Freedom Baptist Church in Appomattox, Virginia. They retired to Arizona with a large and loving family around them. Tommy was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Wilma Coy, his sister, Louise Jones, his daughter, Susan Morris and his grandson, Scott Wilder. Tommy dearly loved his family and was so proud of them all. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Janet (Mike) Brandt of Pine and Candy Holley of Payson; his grandchildren, Tim (Emily) Holley of Cumming, Georgia, Melissa (Ryan) Johnson of Phoenix, Dustin (Jo) Brandt of Tempe, Adam (Nichole) Morris of Phoenix and Joel (Amy) Brandt of Payson; and his great-grandchildren Alana Campos, Tristen Brandt, Gaius Brandt and Weston Brandt, Jeremy Wilder and Cassie Wilder. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 29, at the First Baptist Church, Sun City West, 17419 N Conquistador Drive, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. to service time; with interment at Resthaven Park Cemetery and a reception at the church to follow.

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