He is survived by his wife, Liza McCoy; mother, Tommie Jean Barton; brother, Tim McCoy; brothers-in-law, Edmond Lim, Foo Shen Lim and Roger Lim; sisters-in-law, Poh Lian Lim, Pauline Lim, Angelyn Lim and Felicia Lim; an aunt, uncle, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, James E. McCoy.
The funeral service was held on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Jasper. John Jaye, Justin Brock McCoy, Clay McCoy and Curt McCoy officiated.
Jimmy was one of the few people on earth who actually got to live the life he carefully planned and intended to accomplish from an early age as both an athlete and a scholar.
Jimmy was born in Jasper and attended Jasper City Schools. He graduated from Walker High School in 1972. He played football and basketball, and was named to the all-county teams for all 3 years he played.
Jimmy was a co-founder of the Smith Lake Ski Club in 1967. He was one of the first people to ever ski barefooted and successfully jump a ramp barefooted at Smith Lake in 1968. He was a co-founder of the first Auburn University Water Ski Team.
Jimmy earned a masters in public administration degree from Harvard University, a masters in business administration degree from the University of Alabama, a bachelor of science in business administration degree from Auburn University, a masters in private sector development in transitional and developing countries degree from the Manchester Business School in the U.K., as well as a business and international law degree from the London School of Economics.
Since 1976, Jimmy has experienced international management positions with Bank of America and worked extensively with corporate affiliates of the United States' State Department in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Uganda, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia.
In 1986, Jimmy met his future wife, Liza, on a flight from Honolulu to Hong Kong.
They endured a long distance relationship for five years before marrying in 1991. Shortly thereafter, they began their adventure together in Uganda.
One example of his life's work was a four-year period as the sole, long-term consultant to the Ugandan government on one of the most challenging and ultimately successful privatization projects in Africa. This project returned 8,000 illegally seized properties from the Ugandan government back to the private citizens of Uganda. It involved many facets, including politics, public and press relations, governments, donor pressure, corruption, capacity building, and the imperative for exemplary technical competence and personal integrity. He was involved on a daily basis with the president and secretary of the treasury of Uganda.
Jimmy was a man who loved life, his family, his two African Grey parrots, and his international work. He will be greatly missed.
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