August 6, 2009

Albert Raymond and Caroline Gills Coffey

Albert was a son of Henry Landon "Big Hill" Coffey and his wife, Lillie Belle Burch.  These are Amherst Co., VA (Coffeytown) Coffeys, part of the Jordan Coffey line.  Albert was born on July 31, 1887 in that county.  His date of death and place of burial is so far unknown, but probably at Timber Ridge near Bedford city.

Henry was born Nov. 18, 1848 in Virginia and died July 17, 1926 in Bedford Co.  Lillie was born June 1, 1856 and died Feb. 12, 1956, also in Bedford Co.  They are both buried in the Timber Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery.
Their headstone:

Caroline was the daughter of Edward A. and Adelia R. Gills.  She and Albert were married c1922 in Bedford Co., and for years were proprietors of a small country store near Lowry in Bedford Co.  She was born on Sep. 30, 1901 in that county and died there on May 19, 2004 at age 102.  She was also buried at Timber Ridge along side other Coffey families yet to be identified.

I found her obituary on-line at The News & Advance of Lynchburg, VA, dated May 20, 2004:

Caroline Gills Coffey journeyed to her heavenly home May 19, 2004. She was born in Bedford County, Sept. 30, 1901. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert R. Coffey; her grandson, Alan R. Olson; and her son-in-law, Carl Olson Jr.

Surviving are her daughter, Delia B. Olson; her granddaughter, Carolyn Blevins and her husband, Jack Blevins; her granddaughter-in-law, Susan Olson Kilcup and her husband, Dan Kilcup; her great-grandson, Michael Olson and his wife, Cindy; two great-granddaughters, Alaina Roselle and Christina Caroline Blevins; and a special friend, Sue Byrne who for 30 years brought her lunch everyday.

She was a member of Center Point United Methodist Church which she joined in 1926. For years she played the piano and she continued to take an avid interest in all the activities there, being sure that her monthly dues were taken to the United Methodist Women’s Meetings even though she could not attend.

She continued to run the general merchandise store in Lowry, after her husband’s death until the present time. They moved to the store in January 1927.

During her lifetime, she taught school after graduating from Blackstone College for Girls, and was postmaster at Lowry for 31 years. When she reached mandatory retirement, she remained very active in the store until she had a stroke five days before being reunited with her loved ones who preceded her in death. She loved, and was loved, by all who know her and left a legacy of goodwill to everyone.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Center Point United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Delia Olson, General Delivery, Lowry, VA 24570, or the Goode Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 178, Goode, VA 24556.

Services will be conducted Saturday, May 22, 2004, at 2 p.m. at the Carder-Tharp Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Paul Greer and the Rev. Garry J. Shelton officiating. Burial will follow in the Timber Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery, with a reception following at Center Point United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends Friday, May 21, 2004, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Carder-Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, 586-3443.

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