November 17, 2007

Truesdell Coffey (1940-2007) (Update)

I have learned from a reader that Truesdell was a grandson of George Washington and Margery Troxell Coffey; George a descendant of Henry Baker and Sarah Elizabeth Dobbs Coffey.

Truesdell was apparently killed in a hunting accident in Pulaski Co., KY.

Truesdell Coffey, 67, of Eubank, Ky., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. He was born in Dobbs Hollar of McCreary County, Ky., on August 25, 1940, to the late Matthew and Alma Smith Coffey. He was retired from South KY RECC as a lineman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, outdoors, family gathering, joking, and welding.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Coffey Coffey*, whom he married on Sept. 30, 1961, being married for 46 years; three daughters, Loretta (and Bill) Gilliland, Eubank, Margie (and James) Cameron, Somerset, Ky., and Rebecca (and Gale) Whitehead, Nancy, Ky.; three sons, Tim (and Lucie) Coffey, Somerset, Jeff (and Jamie) Coffey, Eubank, and Mark (and Lisa) Coffey, Eubank; 12 grandchildren, Amy Gilliland, Randall Whitehead Jr., B.J. (and Vickey) Gilliland, James (and Amanda) Cameron Jr., Matthew (and Ladonna) Gilliland, Lance Whitehead, Timothy (and Tina) Coffey, Jonathon Coffey, Joshua Coffey, Jordan Coffey, Hannah Coffey, and Kristian Coffey; six great grandchildren, Kionna Scott, Lalie Gilliland, Star Coffey, Chris Gilliam, Kristina Cameron, and Alexis Cameron; two sisters, Iona (and Orville) Cromer, Mt. Vernon, Ky., and Mary (and John) Konworski, Okla.; and numerous friends, nieces, nephews, cousins, and relatives.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandchild, Joyce Cameron Scott.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home at 11 a.m. with Bro. Gale Whitehead and Bro. Dusty York officiating. Singing will be done by Carl Coffey and Jimmy Waters. Pallbearers will be Randall Whitehead, Lance Whitehead, B.J. Gilliland, Matt Gilliland, James Cameron Jr., Timothy Coffey, Jonathon Coffey, and Josh Coffey.

Honorary pallbearers will be Carl Coffey, Gale Whitehead, James Cameron, Bill Gilliland, and Tim Coffey. Interment will follow in Singleton Cemetery. Visitation will be held today, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.Condolences can be sent to the family at:

Published in the Commonwealth Journal from 11/16/2007 - 11/17/2007.

*Joyce is a daughter of Carl Homer and Ada Clark Coffey. Carl Homer was a son of Reuben and Mary Alice Vaughn Coffey. Reuben descended from Nelson and Keziah Watters Coffey through their son Joseph.


  1. Anonymous12:13 PM

    Truesdell (whose birthdate was 1940)was descended from Edward Coffey as follows: Edward > John > James > Reuben > James > Nelson > Henry > George > Matthew > Truesdell

  2. Thanks for catching the header typo. And, the descent is correct.


  3. Anonymous9:11 PM

    Jack do you have any information on Joyce; daughter of Carl Homer Coffey? Thanks for all your hard work.


    1. Anonymous3:49 PM


      What types of information are you wanting on Joyce? She is still living and in Pulaski County. I am her eldest grandson Randall Whitehead Jr.

  4. No info on Joyce except her parents, Carl Homer and Ada Clark Coffey. I presume Joyce is still living in Pulaski Co.

  5. Anonymous3:50 PM

    Rebecca "Becky" Dale Whitehead age 48 of Nancy, Kentucky went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to receive her heavenly reward on Friday June 27, 2014.

    Becky was born on May 6, 1966 in Muncie, Indiana to Truesdell and Joyce Coffey. She was a former employee of Ameican Bag Corporation in Winfield, Tn.

    She enjoyed spending time with family and friends at gatherings, camping, the outdoors, going to church, singing and telling everyone about her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    She was a member of the Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church, Greenwood, Ky.

    Becky is preceded in death by her father Truesdell Coffey, a neice Joyce A. Cameron Scott and brother-in-law Larry Whitehead.

    Becky is survived by her husband Randall Gale Whitehead whom she married on December 23, 1981 in Hilltop, Ky. being married for thirty-two and one half years. Two sons, Randall Whitehead Jr. (Amanda) of Nancy, Ky. and Lance Micheal Whitehead (Michelle Troxtell) of Shopville, Ky. One granddaughter Jazmyn Star Whitehead. Her mother Joyce Coffey of Somerset, Ky. Three brothers, Tim Coffey (Lucy) of Somerset, Ky., Jeff Coffey ( Jamie) of Somerset, Ky. and Mark Coffey of Somerset, Ky. Two sisters, Loretta Gilliland (Bill) of Eubank, Ky. and Margie Cameron (James) of Shopville, Ky. Her grandmother Ada Coffey of Stearns, Ky. Also left to mourn her passing is a host of brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, aunts, uncles, neices, nephews and her Christian brothers and sisters whom she all loved dearly. Becky was loved greatly and will be missed dearly by all that knew her.

    But by faith we know that we shall meet her again on Heaven's bright shore.

    Visitation will be held on Sunday June 29, 2014 after 6pm in the Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.

    Funeral Services will be held on Monday June 30, 2014 at 2pm in the Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Dow Goodin and Bro. John Goodin officiating.

    Burial will follow in the Southern Oaks Cemetery.


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