Jimmy was born on June 2, 1990 in Abilene, Texas to Todd and Kathy McCoy.  He was raised in Abilene where he graduated from Abilene High and received his Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees from Hardin Simmons University.  He was the older brother of Dylan and Trevor, the grandson of Lindy and Connie Sasser and the late Jimmy and Barbara McCoy all of Reydon, OK.  He was the nephew to many loving aunts and uncles, and a friend to all he came into contact with.

Jimmy was born with transposition of the great vessels.  After several heart surgeries and the complications, he required a heart transplant at age 9.   Jimmy passed away after 18 years and 9 months  with his precious transplanted heart.   As a teenager he was able to participate in Camp SOAR  (Some Organ Assembly Required) for teenagers with transplants.  Camp SOAR came at a crucial time in the midst of teenage angst and self consciousness.  Jimmy was able to gain a better perspective on his chronic illness and his life as a transplant recipient. The experiences and relationships there helped him learn to better accept the trials of transplant management and embrace joy and fun in the moment. Thank you to the staff of Camp John Marc, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Cook Children’s, and all the volunteers and donors that gave him such a wonderful life enhancing experience.

Every day of Jimmy’s life, along with his family, has focused around medication, Dr.’s appointments, and medical procedures. Yet, he LIVED a strong life…filled with friends, laughter, and intellectual debate. He NEVER gave up on life, and he finished strong…fighting for more time waiting on a new heart. But in the blink of an eye, he is absent, but not gone from our lives. His toil is done; the strains of this life no longer have a hold on you. Thank you for changing our world, Jimbo.

A Celebration of Jimmy’s life will be held at 1:30 pm Saturday May 5, 2018 in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Abilene, 1333 North 3rd St.  Arrangements are under the direction of Piersall Funeral Directors, 733 Butternut St.  Condolences may be offered to the family online by clicking HERE


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