|Birth: ||Mar. 21, 1897|
|Death: ||Oct. 29, 1949|
Corydon Times Republican
Nov 6, 1949
Sudden Death of Fine Citizen Stuns Community
The sudden death of J. B. Coffey, 52, at St Louis, Mo. Hospital Saturday has shocked an entire county. He appeared to be in robust health but had been undergoing treatment for an eye ailment that threatened blindness. A brain hemorrhage was given as the immediate cause of his death.
Widely known as a Wayne county farmer and for several years a business man in Corydon, while he operated the Armour cream station, he was held in high esteem by a vast number of people. His untimely passing evokes genuine sorrow in the community.
An obituary follows:
James Benjamin, son of Stella (Ingman) and Cleveland Cleophus ‘Ophy' Coffey was born near Humeston Ia. March 21, 1897 and died at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis Mo., Oct 29, 1949 at the age of 52 years, 7 months and 8 days.
He was united in marriage to Mary L Duden at Allerton, Sept 9, 1917. To this union were born four children, two daughters and two sons.
He lived his entire life in Wayne county, except four years in Lucas county. He spend his early childhood in the vicinity of Cambria and was united with the Baptist church of Cambria at the age of 11 years.
His membership was later moved to the Unity church near Humeston where he spent his early manhood. Later his membership was moved to the First Baptist church of Corydon, where he remained a member until the time of his death.
Most of his entire life was spent farming except for a few years, six of which he worked as a manager of the Armour Creamery of Corydon and at the time of his death he was farming one-half mile north of Bridgeport.
He leaves to mourn his death, his beloved wife, Mary and all of his children, Mrs. Hilma West of Corydon; Mrs. Hilda Morris of Promise City; Gene and Jay Dean of the home and one granddaughter, Elizabeth Lou West.
Also surviving is his father, Ophy Coffey of Humeston and five sisters and two brothers. Mrs. R.J. Colelough and Miss Mae Coffey of Denver Colo, Mrs. Elliott Parker of Owatonna Mn, Mrs. Ed Kirshner and Mrs. Lorie Hart of Cambria; Harry of Garden Grove and Marvin of Corydon, and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, one year ago and by a brother Pearl, who died in infancy. He was a kind and loving husband and father will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
Funeral services were held at the Baptist church in Corydon with Rev. Harry Chasteen officiating. Casket bearers were; Doyle Duden, Eldon Morse, Arnold Coffey, Clyde Blevins, Charles Cook and Chester Anderson. Those in charge of the flowers were: Mrs. Bonnie Clark, Dorothy Wright, Helen Cook, Gretchen Coffey and Marietta Kirchner. Music was furnished by N.C. Rew, Rev. Harry Chasteen, Isaac Nelson and Lloyd Quinn, Mr.s. Bertha Wright at the piano. Songs sung were ‘Old Rugged Cross' and ‘Going Down the Valley'. Burial was in the Corydon Cemetery.
Cleveland Cleophus Coffey (1874 - 1958)
Stella M Inman Coffey (1878 - 1948)
Mary Lucinda Duden Coffey (1895 - 1973)*
Hilma Irene Coffey West (1918 - 2008)*
Hilda Lorene Coffey Morris (1922 - 1983)*
Marvin Gene Coffey (1927 - 2006)*
Plot: sec 3&4 Row 34-5
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Record added: Sep 16, 2010
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