G. Frank Coffey was born July 16, 1878 in Denton County, Texas. He married Miss Fannie Card on May 7, 1903, in Denton, Co., Texas, and honeymooned in the home G. Frank had provided for his bride in the 1200 block of Lake Avenue.
On Saturday, June 26, 1915, G. Frank Coffey, Captain of the (Ft. Worth) North Side police, was shot and killed by Tom Cooper at North Main and Twenty Fifth Streets. The killing occurred in front of the saloon where Captain Coffey had gone to arrest Ed Cooper for a fight earlier in the day.
For ten years prior to his slaying Capt. Coffey had been active in revival work and was known as the "singing evangelist". For two years he traveled over the Southwest with Evanlisgist Rev. Hotchkiss of Mineral Wells. He had joined the police force in 1913 as a patolman. He left the service in November but when Commissioner Hurdleston took office he was made Captain in charge of the Northside Station. Police Commissioner Hurdleston paid tribute to the slain Captain Coffey. "He was one of the best men in the police service, a clean Christian man, and his work has been highly commendable".
At the time of his death, G. Frank and Fannie were the proud, loving parents of four children, Marvin Card, 12, Jewell Frances, 8, Hallie C., 5, and Charles Milton, 14 mo. He was also survived by his father, George Davis of Ft. Worth, his brother, Edward Coffey of Houston, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
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