McCord, Lynn

Lynn McCord

October 19, 1950 - March 19, 2020

Lynn was born on October 19, 1950 in Dallas, Texas, and passed away on March 19, 2020 in Allen, Texas.  He graduated from Commerce High School in 1969 where he was Student Council President, and received a Bachelor’s degree from East Texas State University (A&M Commerce) in 1973 where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

Lynn McCord loved many things – fishing, high school football and track, his family, his wife, his daughter – but most of all he loved being PamPaw to his granddaughter, Carys. Lynn greeted everyone with a firm handshake, and often used the “handshake test” to determine the worth of the boys his sisters, sisters-in-law, and his daughter were dating.  Often a suitor was told in advance to meet Lynn with a firm handshake, otherwise watch out for the consequences!  Lynn had a huge heart for all members of his family, which included his wife’s family.  Debby and Lynn began dating in 1967 and were high school sweethearts.  Lynn took on the role as an additional brother to Debby’s siblings, while Debby became another sister to his.  Debby and Lynn married August 14, 1970 at the First United Methodist Church in Commerce, Texas, while they were students at East Texas State University.  Lynn was a teacher and coach in Wolfe City, Leonard, and DeKalb, Texas.  Their daughter, Mallory Lynn, was born in 1979 and soon after the family moved to Allen, Texas where they continue to reside.  Lynn moved from education into the insurance industry, but kept the heart of an educator, driving a school bus for Allen ISD once he retired.  Debby and Lynn were married for 49 years and were members of the First United Methodist Church of Allen.  He is survived by his wife, Debby, his daughter, Mallory Lynn Batio, son-in-law, Jon Batio, and granddaughter, Carys Deborah Batio.  Also surviving are his mother, Barba McCord of Commerce, brother Michael McCord (Rena), sisters Carla Hancock (Jack), and Mindy Gallegos (Miguel), and his beloved nieces and nephews…and precious in laws.  Lynn was predeceased by his father, Sam McCord, and grandparents, Abner and Lizzie Belle Tardy, and James and Johnnie Ray McCord.

A private viewing will be held on Friday, March 27, 4:00-5:00 pm.  Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 28 at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas.

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and updated restrictions on gatherings, the services will be restricted to family and invited guests.  Please know that under different circumstances, all our friends and family would be welcome.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Jon Batio, Miguel Gallegos, Jack Hancock, Cody Hancock, Casey Hancock, Cade Hancock, Paden Marlin and Ethan Brooks.

If you have a favorite Merle Haggard or George Jones song, play it on Saturday morning, and do your best to hum or sing him back home.  We will plan a Pickin’ and Grinnin’ in his honor soon.  The family thanks all friends and family for the many thoughts and prayers during and following Lynn’s illness.  Special thanks to the medical professionals and caretakers, especially our beloved Hadessa, who fought this illness right along with him.  We are truly blessed.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to to the Sam and Barba McCord Endowment at A&M Commerce, the Allen ISD Foundation for Schools, or Allen Community Outreach.

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Lynn is my oldest cousin on my mother’s side of the family. Lynn had the distinct honor of being top dog cousin #1 to the rest of us younger rugrats. In my young eyes, his #1 status came with a lot of respect and knowing you don’t mess with cousin #1. I didn’t have any big brothers so his status was pretty special. The absolute one thing I will remember is that smile. He didn’t just smile, he SMILED, open mouth-teeth showing ear to ear with eyes so tight and sparkling outwards. He smiled at me like that as an adult too. My mother told me so many times how she and her sister just loved him to pieces as a little boy - took him everywhere. That smile captured our hearts over and over and I just know that beautiful smile, the one God blessed him with is even more radiate and with a brand new body standing in the presence of our beautiful Lord. See you later Lynn. Cousin #4. Cheryl Reed. Cheryl Reed, March 28, 2020 Lynn was such a great man and one of my cherished bonus dads growing up! I will forever remember him in his tight (and kinda short) coaching shirts and tall white socks with the stripes at the top... either outside doing yard work or enjoying life in his recliner. I feel lucky to have so many great memories of him, and will cherish each one as an honorary part of his Allen family. So much love to Debby, Mal, Jon, Carys and the rest of his family in Commerce.
Angela Barraza, March 27, 2020 Im so sad to hear about Lynn’s passing. Lynn was a special friend. We met at farm bureau when he became an agent. I remember the last time I saw Lynn. We were at the grocery store and I was behind him. He didn’t hear me when I said hello. So I pushed my cart into him. He kinda looked around but still didn't realize it was me so I did it again. This time he turned around and had his beautiful Lynn smile and infectious laughter. He said I wondered who was getting in my space. We hugged and thats the last time I talked to him. I will never forget it. My condolences to Debby and Mallory and the entire family. GOD gained a special angel. Love and prayers.
Carolyn McGarth, March 27, 2020 Lynn was a very special part of our Means family “cousins” and we will miss him so much. His smile, his laugh, and his great sense of humor really touched our hearts, and “kept us on our toes”. We love y’all, Debby, Mallory and family. We’ll be singing loud on Saturday! Our love & prayers, Nancy & Sue Nancy Ashcraft & Sue Tucker , March 27, 2020 We will miss his humor and commitment to family. Our deepest condolences and we pray for your peace in this time of loss. Larry & Deborah Abbott, March 26, 2020 This hurts my heart. At ETSU I worked for Sam. In McKinney, I met Lynn. First, he was my insurance agent and later became a good friend. Praying for the family. Joe Jaynes, March 26, 2020 I am sorry to learn of lynn’s passing. I had Lynn in classes at east Texas sate university. I was in the physical education department. My prayers are with your family. Dr larry chaloupka, March 25, 2020 What a beautifully written tribute to a wonderful man! You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Rusty and Julia Shelton, March 25, 2020 What a beautiful tribute to Lynn. We will be with you in thoughts and prayers Saturday.
Karen Ercoline, March 24, 2020 Rest in peace dear friend and cousin-in-law. You and Deb were among the few of us who made it to every one of the 30 Means' family reunions, and you, your friendship, and that great smile of yours will be so sorely missed.
Robert and Maureen Means, March 24, 2020 My thoughts and prayers are with Debby, Mallory, and the rest of the family. Lynn and I met in August, 1993 when I joined Farm Bureau Ins. Lynn was a great teacher and role model to me. We had some great times and many, many JOKES that we exchanged.
Jimmy Merriman, March 24, 2020 Lynn was a wonderful man, in Commerce, Texas. His entire family was epic. Lynn always had the great McCord smile, that will always be remembered. Grace and Peace to the McCord family. All Honor To His Name, for my Sigma Chi brother. Bill Abernathy, March 23, 2020 Dear sweet friend, my heart is so sad for you and your family. I pray you will be wrapped in the loving arms of family and friends. Know that Lynn is at peace and though you will miss him now, you will be together again some day. God bless you. Linda (Haley) Johnson, March 23, 2020 My deepest sympathies for the great loss of your father, may he Rest In Peace. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. ROSIE RODRIGUEZ, March 23, 2020 Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God Bless.
Rick and Kathy Clementd, March 23, 2020 Words cannot express the feeling of loss with the passing of Lynn McCord. He was like a brother to me for so many years growing up in Commerce. I have so many great memories that will live on forever. My thoughts and prayers for Debby and the McCord family for peace and comfort. Jerry King, March 23, 2020 Rest In Peace sweet PamPaw. I’ll never forget asking about the beloved name PamPaw and hearing you light up as you told me how it came to be. You were the best grandfather ever and I enjoyed the brief visits I had with you. You and Debby were the epitome of family and you raised one heck of a daughter, my sister whom I love and cherish. Please watch over all of us, especially Carys, the greatest little girl I have ever met. We love you, forever. Love, The Batio-Rolon family Tina Batio-Rolon, March 23, 2020 Lynn was my brother. He has owned my heart since I was 10 years old. We always told each other that "you're my favorite". He was and always will be. Samantha Lumpkins, March 23, 2020 Words cannot express the sorrow we feel at the loss of one of the best friends we’ve ever had! Debby, Mallory, Jon, and Carys, may God’s peace and comfort carry you through this sorrowful time. Ken and Mary Cain, March 23, 2020