Browning Funeral Home

141 West Oxford Street, Pontotoc, MS


Dorothy Allice McCoy

May 24, 1922July 16, 2020

Dorothy Allice Smith McCoy departed this earthly realm Thursday, July 16, 2020, at her home in Algoma, Mississippi. She was affectionately known as “Miss Dot”, “Granny Dot” or “Aunt Dot”.

She was born May 24, 1922, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Henry Jasper Smith and Elma Tunnell Smith, who left rural north Mississippi seeking jobs in the big city. She began her education in Memphis and completed it at Troy and Algoma. She married Lavert McCoy in 1937, embarking on a journey of love, hard work and most of all, faith in God. They shared seventy one years together until his death in 2008. She was a partner and helpmate in all ways, and was the living example of a Proverbs 31 woman.

Dot and Vert raised their family in the Algoma community where they were faithful members of Algoma Baptist Church. Dot worked side by side with Vert as they made their living from the fruits of the earth. They bought a country store in Algoma where they served the community for over thirty years. Vert was instrumental in the re-incorporation of the community of Algoma and served as the first mayor. The grandchildren were proud of this accomplishment and enjoyed referring to Dot as “the first lady”.

Dot was known for her incredible caramel cakes as well as her prized tulips. She was a master gardener who could make anything grow. She sewed countless dresses for her granddaughters as well as beautiful quilts which are treasured family heirlooms. Dot was the mother of a physically handicapped child which was much harder in 1950 than it is today. Resources were extremely limited but Dot and Vert fought to insure Bernie had the same opportunities as all children. Dot became teacher, therapist and cheerleader for our "B" and as a result all four of her children led happy, productive lives. The word “homemaker” describes her perfectly - she truly made a home for her family through her hard work and devotion. And from her home many other homes have been created as her children and grandchildren strive to emulate her in all ways.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, four siblings - Betty Jean Martin, Ike Stacy, Helen Duncan and Robbie Nell Johnson; two sons in law, Dr. Kermit McGregor and John Conrad and one daughter in law, Sandra McCoy.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory: one son, Ernie McCoy; three daughters, Phyllis McGregor, Bernie Conrad and Teresa Arnold (J.T.); six grandchildren, Lisa Williamson (Jimmy), Traci Rainey (Eddie), Christi McCoy, Dale McGregor (Tina), Jake Arnold (Desi), Tyler Arnold (Maggie) as well as 17 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters in law: Adelle Cruse, Vara Montgomery and Imogene Stacy as well as many nieces and nephews.

As the sun set on Thursday, Dot was laid to rest beside Vert at the Old Monroe Mission Cemetery while her grandchildren sang Amazing Grace and read from the Psalms. No current services are planned. Memorials may be made to: Pontotoc County Bible Teachers Fund, P.O. Box 29 Pontotoc, MS 38863; Algoma Baptist Church, P. O. Box 115, Algoma, MS 38820 or Regional Rehab Center, 615 Pegram Drive, Tupelo, MS 38801.


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Joice Snow

July 19, 2020

I met Mrs. McCoy 62 years ago when I shared a hospital room with her daughter, Bernie. She was a sweet caring lady.
Bernie, I am so sorry to hear that your mother is no longer with you, but the good news is that she has been promoted to Glory and is with our Lord and Saviour.
You and your family are in my prayers.
Your friend forever, Joice Snow

Sherran Denkler

July 19, 2020

I am Ed McGill's daughter. My father was Aunt Jetty's half brother. I have many fond childhood memories of Dot and Lavert and the entire McCoy family. We used to visit on Sundays and would eat at the family restaurant in Pontotoc often. My father loved being around all of you.
I am so very sorry to learn of Dot's passing. May your loving memories comfort you during this time of loss. God's blessings on all of you.

Sandra Fair

July 18, 2020

I grew with my best friend Teresa living across the road from me. In the summer I ate lots of peas and corn bread at Ms Dots. She was a second mother to me. Teresa and I would watch all the 30 minute soap operas at my house until dark shadows came on. We would run to mr verts store, get a snack and go to Teresa’s house to watch it cause we knew Dot was there! We were too scared to watch it at my house because no one was there....