Samuel Mckoy, Longshoreman, Gardener

April 29, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Samuel McKoy, a retired longshoreman who enjoyed listening to jazz and playing cards, died Thursday at his Windsor Mill home of a heart attack. He was 82.

Mr. McKoy was born and raised in Chadbourn, N.C. After graduating from high school, he moved to Baltimore in the 1940s.

He joined the Army Reserve and was called to active duty in 1952 during the Korean War. A truck driver, he served in Germany until being discharged in 1956.

After returning to Baltimore, Mr. McKoy went to work as a longshoreman for the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore. He retired in 1987.

Mr. McKoy was a member of International Longshoremen's Association Local 921.

He was an avid gardener who enjoyed caring for the fruit trees and vegetables he raised in the backyard of his Windsor Mill home, where he had lived for 30 years.

A jazz fan, Mr. McKoy enjoyed listening to Miles Davis and John Coltrane. He also liked playing poker.

Services for Mr. McKoy will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Rebecca "Betty" Gilliard; a son, Samuel J. McKoy of Baltimore; two brothers, John Edward McKoy of Chadbourn and J.M. Duke of Southfield, Mich.; four sisters, Bessie Ellis of Chadbourn, Lottie Morgan of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., Doris McEachern of Fayetteville, N.C., and Maggie Ruth Ward of Oakland, Calif.; and five grandchildren. Sons Sylvester Gilliard and Antonio Carroll died earlier.

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