Dr. Walter Clayton McCoy

September 4, 1913March 31, 2013

MCCOY, DR. WALTER CLAYTON beloved lifetime Birmingham physician, passed away Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013 at the age of 99. Dr. McCoy was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and was educated in Birmingham Public schools. He earned his BS degree at age 19, and MA degrees from Birmingham Southern College, and MD degree from Tulane University in 1940, with post-graduate work at Harvard Medical School. In the middle of the Great Depression, he taught for 3 years in the Secondary School of Cullman County before enrolling in Medical School. For more than 40 years he practiced internal medicine in Birmingham, and was active on the staff of South Highland Infirmary, Brookwood Hospital, Baptist Montclair, UAB and St. Vincent's. He served as President of St. Vincent's medical staff and was on the teaching staff of UAB for several years. He also served as President of the Birmingham Clinical Club and President and founding member of the Birmingham Society of Internists. He was certified by the American College of Physicians and was a Fellow and Life member. He was also a member of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and the Jefferson County Medical Society. He was a member of ATO Fraternity, St. Luke's Episcopal Church and The Club, and served on the Vestry and as Senior Warden at All Saints Episcopal Church. Prior to joining St. Luke's, he had been a member of his mother's church, All Saints Episcopal, where his mother was a founding member. In World War II he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, rising to the rank of Major. After a partial retirement in his 90's he continued to serve as Medical Director of Plasma Care and was still working two days a week there at age 91. He continued in his 90's to serve the community by visiting members of his church who were patients at St. Vincent's, Baptist Montclair, and St. Martin's-in-the-Pines. He brought his wonderful sense of humor to the patients to cheer them up and it really made their day to know he continued to remember them long after they had been his patients. He also continued to call them on their birthdays many years after he retired. He loved his family, and traveling with his beloved wife, D'Anne, reading and sculpting and was a proficient rock mason. He modeled in clay since adolescence, and sculpted the heads of several family members, as well as members of his church. He was an avid fisherman and collector of coins, stamps and Audubon Havell prints. Along with D'Anne, he was a most generous benefactor of many local charities, including UAB, Birmingham Southern, and St. Vincent's Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Dorothy Hayden McCoy, four children, W. Clayton McCoy (Jane) Nashville; Dr. William McCoy (Louise) Cambridge, N.Y; Carol McCoy Lemond (Charles), Memphis; Melanie McCoy Jackson (Tom); two stepchildren, Anne Hayden Maura, Birmingham; and Gregory L. Maura ,Phoenix, AZ., and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. A memorial service to celebrate Dr. McCoy's life will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 3736 Montrose Road, Mt. Brook 35213 on Thursday, April 4 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow at St. Luke's. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Vincent's Foundation or St. Luke's Episcopal.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, April 4, 2013

Dr. Walter Clayton McCoy

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Don & Serita Stover

April 15, 2013

Dr. McCoy's kindness and generosity, and his sweet nature will be truly missed. Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences.

Mackey McDanal

April 5, 2013

I send my condolences to Dr. McCoy's family and friends. May God comfort and
bless you.

April 4, 2013

Dr. McCoy was a doctor I will always remember when I began my nursing career at St. Vincent's. He always had his black bag and a smile on his face and a quip to share. He really loved and cared for his patients and was a true testimony to the career he chose.

Mary Sheila Tarpley

April 3, 2013

Dot what a wonderful life lead! I'm thinking of you!

April 3, 2013

Walter was very kind, friendly and helpful to this young doctor starting out in practice in Birmingham many years ago. His family should be proud to say that they grew up knowing such a fine gentleman. I'm sure he will be missed.

The Auto Shop, Inc

April 3, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Carol Lemond

April 2, 2013

Vincent J. Nero

April 2, 2013

May our hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times spent together as we celebrate a life well lived. And may all the McCoy family find warmth and comfort in the coming days as Padre is welcomed into the kingdom of Our Father. Prayerfully submitted by his former son-in-law for the Johnnie and Sara Nero family.