Celebrating the Life & Legacy of
Alcuis D. McCoy, Sr.
Alcuis DeLeon McCoy, Sr was born on October 12, 1925 in Sledge, Mississippi to the union of Hannibal “Henry” McCoy and Georgiann (Rice) McCoy. His identical twin brother, Albert was born 15 minutes later! In addition to Alcuis and Albert, Henry and Georgiann had 6 other children: Alfonzo, Joe, Clarence, Vesta, Virgie, and Marie.
Alcuis attended elementary school in Crenshaw, MS. During this time, school was held in a church. About 40 students in grades Kindergarten through Grade 8 attended the one-room schoolhouse! Many of those students were Alcuis’s siblings and other relatives. Alcuis graduated from Marion Colored High School in Marion, Arkansas in 1946.
Military Service & Career
In 1947, “the Twins” moved to Chicago. They often told the story of their father giving them $85.00 each, and telling them to go up to Chicago with their brother “Sunnyman (Clarence),” and go to work! The twins landed their first job in the big city at Reynolds Aluminum, where they worked off and on for 5 years. They would leave work to go back home to Marion for weekends, get fired, and then rehired upon return to Chicago. This happened on three separate occasions!
In 1950, Alcuis and Albert were drafted to the United States Army. The twins served together in Korea, and were honorably discharged in 1952. During his service to our country, Alcuis worked as a Quartermaster. His job was to provide clothing, quarters, food and other supplies to frontline soldiers. This work began Alcuis’s lifelong commitment of dedicated service to others.
In 1955, Alcuis and Albert went to work for Central Die Cast in Chicago, where they served as machine operators for 12 years. During this time, Alcuis was seriously burned in a machine explosion. This accident caused him to be hospitalized for one month, and off work for a full year of recovery. Once healed, Alcuis returned to work!
In 1967, the twins became entrepreneurs by purchasing and operating a full service Phillips 66 gas station on Chicago’s Southside at 79th & Maryland Streets. They sold the business to their partner and relative in 1970.
The twins found work at Chicago Bridge and Iron Company (CB&I) in 1970. CB&I was an engineering and construction company that specialized in building large water towers. Alcuis was a painter for the duration of his service at CB&I. He always had a joke, a wise crack and a hearty laugh for all he encountered! Alcuis and Albert commuted to work together daily from the Southside of Chicago to Kankakee for 20 years! Alcuis enjoyed a long and rewarding career at CB&I, and retired in 1990 (alongside his twin, of course).
Family & Faith
In 1950, Alcuis and Albert had a double wedding. Alcuis and Bernice (Watson) were married 5 years.
On June 24, 1955, Alcuis married Eliza Lee Sims. Alcuis had a son from a previous relationship, Larry Hughes. Together, they had six children: Curtis, Tena, Mona, Alcuis Jr., Alvin and Eric. They were one large and lovely blended family!
Alcuis was a man of devout and unwavering Christian faith. He loyally served as a Deacon at Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago for 40 years! Alcuis then served as a Deacon at New Isrealite Church in Chicago for 13 more years until he decided to retire “home” to Marion, Arkansas around 1995.
Alcuis lived a life of peace and tranquility in community with family on Lattie Road in Marion, AR. Alcuis often hosted family reunions and other joyous gatherings at his home. He welcomed all who came his way with warmth and hospitality. Once you showed up, he did not want you to leave! He was a faithful member of Pilgrim Rest Church, and yes, Alcuis also served as a Deacon there!
Alcuis enjoyed writing and reading poetry, attending church, leading worship and cleaning cars.
Alcuis and Eliza were married for 49 years.
In 2010, Alcuis relocated to Fort Wayne, IN to live with his daughter Mona. In Fort Wayne, Alcuis fellowshipped at Greater Progressive Baptist Church (GPBC). Mona faithfully cared for her father with the help of his granddaughter Keisha until his transition.
Alcuis’s memory will be forever cherished by his twin brother Albert and his sister Marie. All other siblings preceded Alcuis in death: Alfonzo, Joe, Clarence, Vesta, and Virgie. His children will carry on his legacy: Mona, Alcuis Jr.(Darlene), Alvin(Stephanie) and Eric (Anita) McCoy, all of Fort Wayne, IN. His sons Larry and Curtis, and his daughter Tena all preceded him in death. Alcuis’s 18 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren will miss his stories. Alcuis and Mary Harris shared a special friendship for over 20 years. A host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends will also forever cherish Alcuis’s memory.
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