Reader Is Searching For Mack McCoy Blake

Born February 16, 1921

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

My great-grandmother Katie Belle McCoy Bunch Blake lost her first husband and two sons on the tracks on a Christmas eve in 1914.  She was travelling from Hooker Station GA to a family reunion in TN.  Her husband and her two smallest boys died that day on Christmas Eve and one lingered a week until he died into the year 1915 Jan.

This left Katie McCoy Bunch unmarried with three children: James Odus Bunch.  Margaret Mae Bunch and Eugenia Bunch.  James Odus was my Grandfather.  He moved to San Diego CA and this is where my story starts.

Katie McCoy, found love again after that fateful night on the tracks losing two young boys, and her husband to the train and the tracks.  She married a man listed as BLAKE.  She gave birth to Mack McCoy Blake on 2.16.1921 and died the same day. She lived most of her life in Chattanooga.

 I’ve just found that her grave is an unmarked grave on findagrave.com.  Our family and my mother Norma have searched high and low for the little boy, born on that day.  The older siblings were Bunchs and moved to CA.  I guess Blake was raised with his father last name Blake.

 My Family always said that this child insisted on “going by” Mack McCoy.  He was in trouble when he was young.  That is all we know.  Mack McCoy Blake.  If you are still alive, or your children are please contact your family.  We’ve been looking for you for just about all our lives….

Thank you, I need to get someone’s attention maybe this story will ring a bell somehow with someone.  I just found out today her grave is unmarked & my mother and I will do something to get her a gravestone.  It was shocking to find her grave unmarked to say the least.  Her life mattered.  I’m here because of her….her story is one of very challenging circumstances, and heartache.  And it haunts me.

 Yours Truly, 

Kathleen

You can contact me at 304.707.2757 or at kataheim@comcast.net any time. 


James County Historical Meeting is February 1

The next meeting of the James County Historical Society will be February 1 at 2:30pm at the Ooltewah United Methodist Church. The program will be presented by Linda Mines,  Hamilton County Historian. As this is the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War, she will have an excellent presentation on the assassination of President Lincoln and its effect on Tennessee. ... (click for more)

Catoosa County Historical Society Meets Monday

The Catoosa County Historical Society will meet on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Old Stone Church Museum in Ringgold. This meeting will be different from their usual one. Instead of a speaker, there will be a Show and Tell program. Anyone possessing an item or items from the past and who would like to share the knowledge of the item(s) is encouraged to bring the item and participate ... (click for more)

Chance Loftis Set To Be Freed From Jail After Jury Finds Him Guilty Of Only Misdemeanor Charge

Chance Loftis is set to be freed from jail on Monday after a Criminal Court jury on Friday afternoon found him guilty of only a minor charge. Instead of murder in the death of 46-year-old Donald Rogers, the jury in the courtroom of Judge Don Poole found him guilty of the lesser charge of reckless endangerment. He was found not guilty of aggravated animal cruelty in the beating ... (click for more)

1 Dies In House Fire In Rhea County

Rhea County Fire Department officials said one person died in an early-morning house fire on Saturday. The call came at about 6:30 a.m. The brick residence is on Fisher Road. S tate arson investigators were on their way. (click for more)

It's Time To Insure Tennessee - And Response

Tennessee has a problem.  What is the value of saving the lives of 1,000 Tennesseans each year? That is exactly what can be expected if 176,000 Tennesseans gain health insurance through Insure Tennessee. A New England Journal of Medicine study showed that expansion of Medicaid was associated with a 6% reduction in yearly mortality for people in the 34-65 age group. Statistically, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What About The Ashes?

I attended my fifth funeral in the month of January the other day and, while I wish a lot of my friends would hang around a little longer, I was amused by the conversation in the pew before the service began. The question was “ … then what do you do with the ashes?” More and more people are being cremated and asking their loved ones to scatter their ashes -- more properly called ... (click for more)