Lynn Elton McCord
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 Aug. 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.
Lynn was born on Oct. 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.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jon Batio, Miguel Gallegos, Jack Hancock, Cody Hancock, Casey Hancock, Cade Hancock, Paden Marlin and Ethan Brooks.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Sam and Barba McCord Endowment at A&M-Commerce, the Allen ISD Foundation for Schools, or Allen Community Outreach.
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.
Turrentine Jackson Morrow Funeral Home in Allen are handling arrangements.
A private viewing will be held on Friday, March 27.
Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, March 28.
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.
Published on March 24, 2020


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Nelda King
Mar 26, 2020
Debbie and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I have many fond memories of Lynn as he and my son were best friends throughout the years. He will be missed by all.
Joyce Riffle Garza
Mar 26, 2020
Debbie, I am so, so sorry to hear about the loss of Lynn. I know he will be missed by all. Prayers of peace and comfort to you and family.