December 16, 2010

Ambrose Rucker Coffey Family at Green Hill Cemetery, Buena Vista, VA

Ambrose Rucker Coffey, born Dec. 20, 1879 to John Jack, Jr. and Patricia F. "Patra" Tyler Coffey.  Married May 25, 1903 Mattie Miles Higginbothan, daughter of Kuihn and Ada Birch Higgingbotham, born May 3, 1886, died Nov. 3, 1954 in Amherst Co., VA

A son, Wendell Holmes Coffey, was born Mar. 6, 1904 and died Mar. 27, 1980.  His wife was Virginia E. Crawford, born Oct. 18, 1911, died Dec. 19, 2011.  They were married c1927.

Obituary, Roanoke Times, Dec. 20, 2011

Virginia Crawford Coffey, 100, of Lexington, died Monday, December 19, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Buena Vista. Born October 18, 1911, in Amherst, she was a daughter of the late Houston Crawford and Hallie Coffey Crawford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wendell H. Coffey; and a son, Lewis Dean Coffey. Mrs. Coffey was a member of the Mt. Zion Methodist Church. 
Surviving are one son, Edward C. Coffey and wife, Edith H. Coffey; one daughter, Betty Wilson Jablonka; one sister, Edna Berry; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. 
A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, December 22, 2011, at Harrison Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sarah Payne officiating. Burial to follow at Green Hill Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2011, at Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory, Lexington.

Joyce Lee Lynch
Lewis Dean Coffey, son of Wendell and Virginia, born Dec. 3, 1929 at Alto (Coffeytown) in Amherst Co., died Oct. 25, 2004 in Roanoke, VA.  His wife was Joyce Lee Lynch, born Oct. 14, 1933 at Herd, VA, died at Glasgow, Rockbridge Co.

Obituary, The Rockbridge Weekly, Jun. 14, 2005

Joyce Lee Lynch Coffey
Glasgow Resident Was Known For Cooking, Love Of Family

Joyce Lee Lynch Coffey, 71, of Glasgow died Tuesday, June 14, 2005, at her home.  Born October 14, 1933 in Herd, VA, she was the daughter of the late Spurgeon and Elsie Toms Lynch.  She was a member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker who helped on the family farm.  She was a graduate of Fairfield High School.  Her husband, Lewis Dean Coffey, Sr.,  son, Michael Dean Coffey, grandson, Michael David Morgan and sister, Katherine Duffy, preceded her in death.

Left to cherish her memories are her eight children: Wanda Coffey of Rochester, NY; Virginia Morgan of Buena Vista; Deanie McDonald and husband Barry of Glasgow; Mary Ann Burgdorf and husband Steve of Lexington; Lewis Dean Coffey, Jr. and wife Pat of Lexington; John Lynn Coffey and wife Sonya of Buena Vista; Barbara Ramsey and husband Mack of Natural Bridge Station; and Ronald Coffey of Lexington; grandchildren: Alethia Bailey, Autumn Bailey Visgar and husband Danny, Heidi Burgdorf, Heather Burgdorf, Harley Burgdorf, Travis Coffey, Skyler Coffey, Johnny Coffey, Colton Coffey, Masie Coffey, Zachary Ramsey and Jacob Dawson.

Joyce loved her family, friends, and church and was well known for her cooking.  She enjoyed her flowers, her visits with friends and her church.  It is with great love and pride we return her to God’s care.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 16, 2005 at the Lomax Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bill Thomas officiating.  Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her husband and son. The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 15, 2005 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lomax  Funeral Home.  The Lomax Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Obituary, The Rockbridge Weekly, Oct. 26, 2004

Lewis Dean Coffey, Sr.

Local Farmer Was Mt. Zion Methodist Church Member

Lewis Dean Coffey, Sr., of Glasgow, died Monday, October 25, 2004 in the Roanoke Memorial Hospital.  Born December 3, 1929 in the Coffeytown section in Amherst County, he was the son of Virginia Crawford Coffey and the late Wendell Holmes Coffey.  He was a member of Mt. Zion Methodist Church.  He previously worked at Bernson Silk Mill and was a farmer.  He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Dean Coffey and grandson, Michael David Morgan.
John Robey Coffey, another son of Ambrose, was born Nov. 26, 1908 and died Mar 8, 1966.  His wife was Mamie Womack, born Jan. 20, 1910, died Jun. 20, 1983.

Their son, William Lewis "Willie" Coffey was born May 1, 1932 and died Oct. 14, 1999.  His wife was Martha Cropp, born Aug. 19, 1936, died Sep. 25, 1991.

Obituary, The News-Gazette, Lexington, VA, Oct. 20, 1999

William Lewis Coffey, 67, of Buena Vista died Thursday, Oct. 14, at his home.

He was born May 1, 1932, in Amherst County, and was married to the late Martha Cropp Coffey.  He attended St. John's United Methodist Church and was a lifetime member of the Buena Vista Rescue Squad.  He was on the board of directors for the Macedonia Community Association and retired from Georgia Bonded Fibers.

He is survived by two daughters, Gayle Sellars of Roanoke and Joan Dalton of Mooresville, N.C.; a son, Pike Coffey of Coffeytown; a brother, David M. Coffey of Coffeytown; three sisters, Jeanie Thomas of Anniston, Ala., Shirley Humphries of Vesuvius and Patsy Wingfield of Charlottesville; and four grandchildren.

The funeral was held Saturday at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Rebekah Johns Glass and David Coffey.  Burial followed at Green Hill Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Macedonia Community Association, 1408 Coffeytown Road, Vesuvius.
Ambrose's son Kyle Brown Coffey and his wife, Marcella Leila Wright are also buried here.  Kyle was born Apr. 20, 1920 and died Dec. 13, 1999.  Marcella was born Feb. 15, 1922 in Richmond, Wayne Co., IN and died in Amherst Co., on Apr. 30, 2007.

Obituary, Lynchburg The News & Advance , Wednesday, December 15, 1999.
Kyle Brown Coffey

Kyle Brown Coffey, 79, of Madison Heights, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999 at Lynchburg General Hospital.

He was born April 20, 1920 in the Coffey Town Section of Amherst County, son of the late Ambrose R. Coffey and Mattie Higginbotham Coffey. He was retired from Reeves Brothers in Buena Vista. He was a member of Midway Baptist Church at the Forks of Buffalo. Mr. Coffey served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

He is survived by his wife, Marcella Wright Coffey; three sons, Roger D. Coffey of Southern Pines, N.C., Jerry B. Coffey of Monroe and Morris R. Coffey of Lexington; three daughters, Judy R. Wimmer of Charlottesville, Linda C. May of Madison Heights and Karen C. Trent of Roanoke; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Hugh Bumgarner officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. today at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Service, Buena Vista.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Monelison Rescue Squad.
Obituary, The News Advance, May 1, 2007, Lynchburg, VA

Marcella Leila Wright Coffey

Marcella Leila Wright Coffey, 85, of Madison Heights, died Monday, April 30, 2007. She was the wife of the late Kyle Brown Coffey.

Mrs. Coffey was born Feb. 15, 1922, in Richmond, Ind., a daughter of the late Morris Conway and Bessie Starkey Wright. She was a faithful member of Sandy Bottom Christian Church.

She is survived by her children, Roger Coffey and wife, Pat, of Southern Pines, N.C., Judy Wimmer of Monroe, Linda May and husband, Joey, of Madison Heights, Jerry Coffey of Monroe, Morris Coffey and wife, Brenda, of Lexington, and Karen Dooley and husband, Al, of Buchanan; her grandchildren, Randy May and wife, Lori, Paul May and wife, Mara, Scott Coffey and wife, Tracey, Drew Coffey and wife, Stacey, and Amy Trent; one step-grandchild, Brian Claytor, and wife, Katie, four great-grandchildren, Kayla May, Kyle May, Mackenzie Coffey and Avery Coffey; and two step-great-grandchildren. The oldest of eleven children, Marcella is survived by six siblings, Rena Tolley, Norma Friend, Ester Martin, Chester Wright, Willie Wright, and Hamid Wright.

The family will receive friends at from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 2007, at Sandy Bottom Christian Church.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2007, at Sandy Bottom Christian Church, with the Rev. Jim Freeman officiating. Interment will follow at 3:30 p.m. In Green Hill Cemetery, Buena Vista.

Memorials may be sent to Sandy Bottom Christian Church, P.O. Box 159, Madison Heights, VA 24572.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family, 434-237-9424.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

And last, Ambrose's daughter Nellie Rucker Coffey. She was born Feb. 10, 1912 and died Nov. 19, 1988 in Lynchburg, VA.  No headstone photo available to me.

Obituary, Lynchburg The News & Advance, Friday, November 20, 1998

Nellie Rucker Coffey

AMHERST — Nellie Rucker Coffey, 86, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 1998 at Lynchburg General Hospital. She was the wife of the late Harvey Pryor Coffey.

Born Feb. 10, 1912 in Amherst County, she was a daughter of the late Ambrose and Mattie Higginbotham Coffey. She was a member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Cain of Charlottesville; one brother, Kyle Coffey and wife, Marcella of Madison Heights; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Coffey of Lexington and Bessie Fennell of Richmond; and several nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Driskill Funeral Chapel in Amherst with the Rev. James Drapper officiating. Burial will follow in Greenhill Cemetery in Buena Vista.

Friends may call at Driskill Funeral Chapel from 2-8:30 p.m. today.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Amherst Rescue Squad.

There are many more Coffey families buried here and, I will attempt to present as many as possible. These families had been on Find-A-Grave but, someone with more ignorance than a Jackass at pasture [FAG is a wonderful resource but, I have no love for the heavily commercial aspect of FAG nor for the self-appointed grave robbers who patrol and administer the site], deleted not only the headstone photos but all of the information presented above. Readers who need specific information on any of the families can write to me or, leave a comment outlining needs and I will attempt to find the information.

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