Rufus was born Mar. 25, 1879 in Caldwell Co., NC to John and Mary (Polly) Underwood Coffey. He was the eighth child and only son born to the union. His wife was Marsha Deloras (Marcie) Clippard, born Aug. 9, 1879 in Lincoln Co., NC. I have not found a marriage date for them but, estimate 1888-1889.
Rufus died Jun. 29, 1957 in Lenoir, Caldwell Co., NC with death attributed to chronic myocarditis. Marsha died Oct. 24, 1960 in Lenoir with death attributed to arteriosclerotic heart disease. Both are buried at the Belleview Cemetery in Lenoir.
There were nine children born to Rufus and Marcie:
Mable, born c1900
Daisy Elizabeth, born 1903, married C. E. Jackson. They had at least one child, a son, Wilford (Wick), born Dec. 21, 1925, died Apr. 12, 2008. He is also buried at Belleview.
Ree S. D., born Dec. 7, 1905 in Caldwell Co., died Jul. 26, 1974 in Lenoir with death attributed to a myocardial infarction. She married Albert P. Beck. Ree is buried at Belleview.
Hazel H., born c1908
Stella Ruth, born Jun. 8, 1910, died of asthma on Mar. 5, 1953. She married a Mr. Williams. She is also buried at Belleview.
Anna Estelle, born 1912 in Lincoln Co., died 1987 in Caldwell Co. She married Walter Watson Crisp, a son of Millard Avery and Edna Elizabeth Suddreth, in 1937. Walter was born Apr. 4, 1908 and died Jan. 9, 1993 in Lenoir.
Carson Reeves, born Mar. 28, 1914 in Lincoln Co., died 1999 in Caldwell Co. He married Charlotte Camilla Peeler, a daughter of the Rev. John C. Peeler and Sally Holshouser. Charlotte was born Feb. 10, 1917 in Lenoir, and died Oct. 14, 2004 in Newton, Catawba Co.
Mildred, born Jul. 8, 1917 in Lincoln Co., died by suicide (poisoning) on May. 17, 1939 at age 21. She was married to Fred Hinst at the time of her death. She was buried at Belleview.
Jennings Otis, born Aug. 26, 1919 in Lincoln Co. and died Aug. 7, 2001 in Caldwell Co. In 1947 he was married to Ollie Mozelle Roberts, a daughter of William Rufus Roberts and Ida V. Matlba. Ollie was born Apr. 14, 1921 and died Mar. 13, 1974 from acute myocardial infarction in Lenoir. Both are buried at Blue Ridge Memorial Park, Kings Creek, Caldwell Co.
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