Obituary, The Staunton News Leader, Staunton, VA, 21 Dec. 1990
Eddie Walton Coffey, 63, of Route 1 Box 159, Mt. Solon, died Thursday morning (December 20, 1990) in King's Daughters' Hospital.This morning I had an e-mail from the daughter of Roger A. Norton asking if this Eddie was the same one who served with her father aboard the amphibious assault ship, the USS Kersarge during WW2. Unfortunately, I have no way to determine that except to ask for reader input. If you are related to or know the family of Eddie Walton Coffey and whether or not he did serve on the Kersarge, please let me know so I can forward the information to Roger Norton's daughter.
He was born October 30, 1927 in Augusta County, a son of the late James William and Lillian Gertrude Robertson Coffey Sr.
He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of Clemmer-McGuffin Post No. 13, American Legion. Mr. Coffey was retired from Staunton Frozen Foods, Inc. and was a former baseball player with the Staunton Presidents Team and had been an umpire in the Valley Baseball League. He was a member of Spring Hill Presbyterian Church. He was also a retired farmer and member of the American Angus Association.
Surviving are his wife, Jane Mohler Coffey; two sons, Thomas Webster "Tink" Coffey, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Russell Mohler Coffey, Mt. Solon; a daughter, Jan Ellen Lee Coffey, at home; three brothers, James W. Coffey Jr., Weyers Cave, Robert L. Coffey, West Augusta, and John C. Coffey, Cheyenne, Wyo.; and 5 grandchildren, Amanda Laine Coffey, Thomas Drew Coffey, Alice Margaret Coffey, Jordan Margaret Peters and Matthew Russell Coffey.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Hamrick Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Herbert T. Lewis. Burial will be in Thornrose Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Greg Lam, Wilson F. Vellines, Jr., Randal M. Stover, Chad Barnett, William A. Simmons and H. Eugene Harman. Honorary pallbearers will be, Hunter Baber, Leo Argenbright, Paul J. Kivlighan, Russell W. Miller, Raymond E. Miller, Joseph Viglione, J. Rawley Collins, Carlton D. Newlen, Wesley T. Rhodecap and Douglas Livesay.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 7 to 8 p.m. and at other times at the residence.
It is suggested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Mt. Solon branch of the Bridgewater Rescue Squad, Mt. Solon, Virginia 22843.