Emmett Francis McCoy, founder of what is now McCoy's Building Supply, the 12th-biggest LBM operation on the ProSales 100, died Jan. 7, the company announced. He was 88. (Obituary)

The Austin, Texas, American-Statesmanquoted McCoy's spokeswoman Sarah Lohn as saying Emmett McCoy's health had slowly deteriorated since he had a stroke about seven years ago. In recent weeks, he struggled with pneumonia and respiratory issues. He died at Warm Springs Specialty Hospital in Luling, Texas, the newspaper said.

McCoy was born in Houston and raised in Galveston, Texas. When he was four, McCoy's father launched McCoy Roofing Co. in Galveston. In the 1950s, Emmett McCoy founded McCoy Supply Co. and helped oversee its growth into one of the nation's largest building material supply companies, with 85 stores in five states and $503 million in revenue in 2010.

McCoy moved to San Marcos, Texas, in 1972, where the company is based today. There, aside from McCoy's Building Supply, he became involved with a local bank and a West Texas operation called McCoy Land & Cattle Co. He retired in 1997 but continued helping build the community, particularly Texas State University, where McCoy made the biggest gift the university has ever received and where the business college is named for him and his wife, Miriam.

In 2008, ProSales gave the McCoy family its Public Service Award for its numerous good works. McCoy's Buiilding Supply is run today by his son, Brian McCoy. A granddaughter, Meagan McCoy Jones, recently was named vice president of field support.

A public memorial service is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 30, in San Marcos. The family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Hays-Caldwell Women's Center of the McCoy College of Business Foundation at Texas State University.