BY JAMES HARPER
Henry Pete McCoy Jr. is no stranger to many Daytona Beach residents.
At 80, he has worn many hats.
Some in the community knows him as the man who bakes cakes and pies. Others may remember when he worked for Winn Dixie as a truck driver and dispatcher for 31 years before he retired.
But what he most like being known for is his singing voice.
McCoy, a bass soloist, will be celebrated Sunday during a special program at the East Central Florida Gospel Association Building, 509 South Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. in Daytona Beach. The program starts at 7 p.m.
For years McCoy was known for his bass voice in such gospel groups as the Traveling Sons, the Seed of Abraham Pentecostal Choir and the Sensational Six.
He has traveled and performed as far away as London and even to Zimbabwe, Africa.
Mom influenced name
After many years of singing with various groups and choirs, McCoy said God has led him in the direction of praising him in songs as a bass soloist.
“As a child growing up, my mom and I would sing together at home all the time. Mother noticed that I was switching voices and suggested that I sing in one voice. So I said to her, ‘OK, Mom, I am your bass man,’’ he recalled.
McCoy remembers saying this to his mom when he was only six years old.
“From that day until now, I have been singing bass,” said McCoy, who drives around town with a license plate on the front of his car that says “God’s Bass Singer.’’
Free gospel concert
“I’m Not Tired Yet’’ is often requested for McCoy to sing. He also noted that the song describes his lifestyle.
“I never was a worldly person,” he remarked, adding that he is a faithful member of David’s Temple of Deliverance, under the leadership of Pastor Leon David. McCoy is married to the former Cathy Grayson.
Also scheduled to sing during the Oct. 6 program honoring McCoy are other local gospel performers, including The Gospel Silvertones, The Spiritualists, Deacon Ralph King, The Wonderlettes, The Angelic Four; and special guest Evangelist Sue McLedon.
There is no charge to attend the program.