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McKoy is indeed a “Distinguished Citizen”
Eddie McKoy was long overdue recognition for his volunteer work here in Nashville and he’s never been one to stand in the spotlight. But recently the spotlight found him as he was named the 2013 Nashville Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen of the Year.

Eddie is so deserving of such an honor. I’ve known him for many years and have seen him work passionately  for the good of others. He volunteers with Nashville’s Habitat for Humanity, the Boys & Girls Club, Communities in Schools and is very active at his church. District Court Judge Pell Cooper presented the award, eloquently describing Eddie’s work in our community. Cooper mentioned Eddie’s extraordinary people skills and how he leads and witnesses with his quiet example. He continued to say Eddie is totally dedicated to helping others and that his passion is the Boys & Girls Club, particularly those of Nash and Edgecombe Counties.

I have served on boards and committees with Eddie at the Nashville Boys & Girls Club and indeed his passion is contagious when it comes to helping youth. He is an awesome example for youth to follow as a man committed to his faith, his family and to his community. Eddie mentioned upon receiving the award that sometimes his volunteer work is to the detriment of his family as he has spent many hours helping others. But it was quite obvious at the awards ceremony that  his two daughters and his wife admire Eddie’s passion of helping others and love him dearly.

Eddie has a strong commitment to his faith which has carried him through good and bad times. His first acknowledgement upon accepting the award was to God, thanking Him for giving him strength. Again, setting such a fine example for all of us.

He shared some personal tribulations with the audience noting a time he suffered from blood clots in the lungs causing him to lay in a hospital for 13 days.  But he didn’t lay there asking why but instead took that time to pray and listen to better understand God’s plan for him.

Eddie concluded by encouraging everyone to serve or volunteer in their community and acknowledged past recipients of the award and the late Town Councilman Tommy Rogers. Rogers’ family was presented the chamber’s beyond the call of duty award in memory of his dedication to our community.

 I think my favorite quote from the night was when Eddie said (referring to God,) “He’s the vine and we are the branches,” he said. “I’m looking at a lot of branches out here tonight. In one way or another we’ve given a part of ourselves to serve our community.”

Congratulations Eddie! Well deserved –– well deserved indeed!

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