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Baby Foils Mom's Plan for 4th Birth

Arkansas Democrat Gazette
By Marvon Johansen
Kerry Thompson McCoy of Little Rock has owned a flag store for 15 years, so it only seemed fitting she would plan to have her baby on the Fourth of July.

Matthew Savage McCoy had other ideas. The 6-pound, 10 ounce boy was born at 8:56 pm July 3 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. "We wanted to have him on July Fourth, but he came three hours early," McCoy said.

Matthew's father is Grady Lee McCoy III, an investment banker for Crews and Associates. Matthew's family was gathering for a July Fourth celebration just 17 hours after his birth. His grandparents were bringing supper to his house, and the family, minus Mrs. McCoy and Matthew, planned to go watch fireworks later in the evening.

"He's a little firecracker," Mrs. McCoy said while sitting in the front yard of her Kavanaugh Boulevard home. "I hope he's not too independent."

Matthew's sister, Meghan Thompson, 10, was not at all afraid to hold her new brother. In fact, when relatives brought her home, she rushed straight to her mother's side and took Matthew in her arms, kissing and hugging him. Matthew also has a 2-year-old brother, Grady Lee McCoy IV.

Mrs. McCoy opened Arkansas Flag and Banner Inc., at 1619 Main st. in 1975. "It's like my first baby," she said. Her husband said she worked the day the baby was born and was on the telephone checking on an order July Fourth morning.

All types of flags are available at the store, Mrs. McCoy said, including U.S., Arkansas and historical flags. She also makes custom flags.

Through Matthew was not quite born on the Fourth of July, several other babies were. A mid-afternoon telephone survey of local hospitals Wednesday indicated 12 babies had been born July Fourth. Six were born at Baptist Medical Center, three at Doctors Hospital and three at University Hospital.

Hospital representatives said none of the babies were given patriotic names, as far as they knew. Representatives at Southwest Hospital and Baptist Memorial Hospital in North Little Rock said no babies had been born since midnight at those hospitals.


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