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Richard Easter "Dick" Coffee, Jr
Birth: Sep. 21, 1921
Decatur
Morgan County
Alabama, USA
Death: Jun. 21, 2013
Birmingham
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA


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Dick Coffee was born in his beloved hometown of Decatur, AL, on September 21. 1921. He served his country in World War II as a member of the 10th Armored Division of Patton's 3rd Army, earning a Purple Heart following an injury just days before the Battle of the Bulge. Following the war, he enrolled at the University of Alabama, graduating in 1950 with a degree in Advertising from the "Commerce" School. At the university, he was an active member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. After college, Coffee founded Dick Coffee Enterprises. He published a number of magazines, including Birmingham Doin's and Tuscaloosa Doin's along with similar visitor's guides for Huntsville, Montgomery, Decatur, Savannah, Memphis, and Brunswick & the Golden Isles. In addition, he began to print his annual football and basketball guides. A life-long Methodist and a long-time member of Canterbury United Methodist Church, Coffee served on the Administrative Board for several terms and was an active member of the John Wesley Class. He was involved in many organizations affiliated with the University of Alabama, including the National Alumni Association, The Jefferson County Alumni Chapter (long-time executive committee member), the Commerce Executives Society, the Red Elephant Club, the Bama Tipoff Club, and the 1st & Ten Club. He was recently named as the University's Alumnus of the Year, and was an honorary member of the A-Club for lettermen in athletics. Coffee attended every Alabama football game from November 30, 1946 through January 8, 2013, a total of 781 consecutive games. In 2010, he was named College Football's #1 Superfan by ESPN. The New York Times acknowledged that he was the creator of the "Charge" cheer which has been heard at athletic events throughout the country for many years. Coffee was an active member of the Birmingham Rose Society. He and his wife Nora had as many as 375 rose bushes in their garden, and he earned the designation as a Consulting Rosarian for the Deep South District of the American Rose Society. He loved the city of Birmingham and its people. Coffee was a long-time member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, having served on its board and actively participated in the organization's annual fundraising efforts for children's charities. He was a member of the Birmingham Tipoff Club as well.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 25 from 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Canterbury United Methodist Church with a memorial service to follow at 11:00 A.M. The family asks that memorials be directed to the "Alumni Fund" for the Coffee Family Scholarship at the University of Alabama, the Crippled Children's Foundation for the Quarterback Club's fundraising campaign for children's charities, or Canterbury United Methodist Church.
- The Birmingham News

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Thank you so very much to Debra Dawson for sponsoring Richard Coffee's memorial. Your generosity is so deeply appreciated, Debe - may God bless you and your angels always!








 
 
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 Parents:
  Richard Easter Coffee (1884 - 1932)
  Mary Sue Graves Coffee (1888 - 1960)
 
 Sibling:
  Mary Louise Coffee Morris (1908 - 1988)*
  Richard Easter Coffee (1921 - 2013)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
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Record added: Jun 22, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 112738233
Richard Easter Dick Coffee, Jr
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