Emmett McCoy

Emmett Francis McCoy, 88, of San Marcos, Texas, founder of McCoy Building Supply, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Miriam Swanson McCoy; daughter Brenda McCoy Remme and husband Kaare; son Michael Emmett McCoy and wife Myra; Brian Francis McCoy and wife Wetonnah; daughter in law Cindy Cox McCoy; nine grandchildren and spouses; and 18 (soon to be 21) great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Patrick McCoy and grandson, Keith Evan Remme.

McCoy founded McCoy Supply Co. in the 1950s, which later became the present day the company at the time of McCoy’s retirement in 1997, had grown to more than 90 locations with sales exceeding $400 million. He was a pioneer in the cash and carry building materials market, and today McCoy’s is one of the largest family-owned businesses in the industry.

Other business enterprises in which he was involved during his career included Balcones Bank, which grew from one location to four during the family’s ownership, and McCoy Land & Cattle Co., which he expanded into a large cow-calf operation in far West Texas.

McCoy was very generous to the community, and once retired, he and his wife focused on philanthropy more so than ever before. Their gift to the Emmett & Miriam McCoy College of Business is the single largest gift received by Texas State University to date.

A public memorial service will be held on Monday, January 30, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. at the San Marcos Conference Center at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1001 East McCarty Lane in San Marcos, with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center or the McCoy College of Business Foundation.

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