Jeffery M. McCoy was born on October 31, 1979 to Pat and Genese McCoy who were very blessed to have been given such an amazing son. Jeff was a wonderful husband to his wife and role model to his children. Jeff’s older brother, Tony McCoy, was his confidant and co-conspirator in childhood antics, while his big sister, Kelli McCoy Nelmark, adored and loved him.
His grandfather, Bill Benge, encouraged Jeff to become experienced at fishing and together they enjoyed doing anything in the outdoors. Jeff also shared his love of the outdoors with his granny, Allie Benge.
He attended Noble Elementary School, Irving Middle School in Norman and was active in the Boy Scouts of America. He attended Norman High School where he met the love of his life and future wife, Megan Elizabeth McKinley.
Following graduation from high school, he served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) from 1998-2002. He and his comrades served during the conflicts in Kosovo and were later deployed to the Persian Gulf following the tragedies of September 11, 2001.
Jeff attended and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice. He and Megan were married on March 13, 2004 at the First Baptist Church in Norman, Oklahoma which was the church he grew up in and was baptized.
Jeff began his career as a probation and parole officer for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections in 2005 and in March that same year, became a father with the birth of his son, Alexander Clinton McCoy. Three years later, in April 2008, his daughter, Allie Elizabeth, was born.
Jeff was devoted to his family and church. He was an active member of Cub Scout Troup 777. He enjoyed all aspects of golf, hunting and fishing but mostly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
On May 18, 2012, Jeff was shot and killed in the line of duty while making a routine home visit in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Jeff died while courageously engaged in his service to the State of Oklahoma. He knew the risks which come from wearing a badge but he chose to wear it and did so with true courage and professionalism.
To honor his memory and to give back to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Jeff’s family and friends created the OFFICER JEFFERY M. MCCOY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND. The second Friday of each September, the Officer Jeffery M. McCoy Memorial Golf Tournament is held with all proceeds from the tournament sponsoring the scholarship fund.
This scholarship has been made possible by both donations from family and friends and through the annual Officer Jeffery M. McCoy Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament fundraiser.
The amount of scholarships awarded each year depends on the participation in the annual golf tournament. The Oklahoma Correctional Employee Memorial Foundation with the blessing of Jeff’s family will continue to host the annual golf tournament fundraiser to keep this scholarship active. We greatly appreciate all who have and will donate to the OFFICER JEFFERY M. MCCOY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND.
Because of the golf tournament, the Officer Jeffery M. McCoy Scholarship Fund has been able to present $11,500 in scholarships to deserving college students since inception in 2013.
The Officer Jeffery M. McCoy Memorial Scholarship is for the current employees of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, their children, step-children, grandchildren, and/or step-grandchildren.