Troy ‘Bud’ McCoy was born on May 10, 1936, in Cloudy, Oklahoma. Most haven’t heard of Cloudy, Oklahoma. It’s close to Atoka, Oklahoma. Bud’s parents, Chester and Senora (Parish) McCoy, had moved there to work in the logging industry, alongside Shep and Rosie McCoy.
After one year, Bud and sister Minda Jane were moved to Lamar. Bud quit school in the ninth grade and started pipelining. At the age of 18, he joined the U.S. Army, serving from 1955 through 1960. He was stationed in Germany for 14 months of his service, where he learned to be a heavy equipment operator for the Engineering Division 547th . After his service years, he used his skills in the pipeline industry as a side boom operator, and picked up the nickname “Killer” because he couldn’t harm any living thing.
Bob married Ruby Ingram on November 7, 1975. They traveled through 38 states working on various pipelines. In 1978, they opened Ruby’s Place in Lamar, where they had lots of fun and lots of laughs, making new friends and renewing of friendships. Bud loved the café business. He loved to visit and cared about others. Ruby did the cooking, Bud worked out front and ran the cash register. Ruby couldn’t tell how much they made in a day, because Bud might ring up a $3.00 sale as $300.00. Bud’s penmanship wasn’t good, he just wrote “taters” for french fries and “T” for a glass of tea. Life was very good then.
Bud and Ruby loved to go dancing with their friends, have fish fries, and help in community activities. Bud just loved mowing grass. He always had a beautiful yard and would load up his mowers to help others mow. Bud had lots of great friends. He was always checking in on someone. His friends checked in on him, also.
Bud loved music. He played the guitar a little, and liked to sing old, old country songs. He had some favorite songs, such as “Don’t Let That Cold Wind Blow”, “I’ll Fly Away”, and “High on That Mountain”.
When Bob married Ruby, she had two children, Bobby and Becky Robinson, who Bud raised as his own, often telling people, “This is my son and daughter.” He was a stepfather from Heaven.
Bud is preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Senora; brother, Jerry McCoy and sister, Minda Jane.
Bud is survived by his wife of 43 years, Ruby McCoy, of Holdenville; daughter Becky McWilliams (Mike) of Arpelar, and son Bobby Robinson (Jill) of Gilbert, Arizona; three grandsons Phillip Robinson, Bryan Robinson, and Jered McWilliams; granddaughter Kelly McWilliams; three great grandsons, Tyler Robinson, Bryce Robinson, and Evan Warnock; and a great-granddaughter Chloe McWilliams.
He will be missed.
Graveside services were held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2019, and Bud was laid to rest at Lamar Cemetery, with Kevin Fisher officiating. Pallbearers were Bobby Robinson, Phillip Robinson, Ronnie Dean Stafford, Robert Ingram, Brian Freeman, and Jered McWilliams. Honorary pallbearers were Ronnie Stafford, Don Smith, John Freeman, Charles Gann, Buster Girley, Gene Stapp, Donnie Freeman, Bruce Barksdale, and Ronnie Stapp.
Services were under direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville.