January 1, 2011

Burl & Camely Steele Coffey

Burl was a son of James Nelson and Sarah Margaret Barrier Coffey.  He was born on Jan. 14, 1884 in Kentucky - probably Wayne Co. - and died May 15, 1971 in that county.  He is buried at Elk Spring Cemetery at Monticello, KY.  Burl married Camely Steele, a daughter of John M. and Eliza Steele on Mar 7, 1903. Camely was born in Dec., 1884 in Wayne Co..  Her death date is unknown but, she is also buried at Elk Spring Cemetery.

Burl shares his headstone with his second wife, Emma Lee Gregory who he married c1941.  Emma was born Sep. 25, 1897 to George Washington and Gemima Elizabeth Worley Gregory.  She died Dec. 5, 1986.

Burl registered for the WW1 draft on Sep. 12, 1918 at the age of 34 years.  He and Camely lived in Barrier, Wayne Co. at the time where he was a farmer.  The record describes him as being of medium height and build with blue eyes and light brown hair. Twenty-four years later, on Apr. 27, 1942 and at age 58, he registered for the WW2 draft in Benton Co., IN.  He was described then as weighing 160 lbs and 5' 9" tall.  He eyes were still blue but his hair was gray.  Rather than Emma, he named Shoff Coffey of Oxford, IN as someone who would always know his address.  Perhaps he and Emma married later than 1941?

Burl and Camely were the parents of at least 10 children, all born in Wayne Co.:

Mabel, born c1905
Earnie, born c1907
Oscar, born c1909
Mayme, born Aug. 6, 1911
Mary Jane, born c1912
Leslie, born Aug. 24, 1913
Frederic, born c1915
Woodrow, born May 31, 1918
Dortha, born Feb. 13, 1921
Shoff G., born Jul. 29, 1925

Mayme married Addir R. Tuggle c1927 in KY.  He was born c1904 to James Wyatt and Rice Ellen Brown Tuggle.  Addie died Aug. 18, 1977 in Pulaski Co.  He was a resident of Lincoln Co. at the time of death and, is probably buried in that county.  There were at least two children born to this union:  Eugene (?) R., born c1927 and Lula Mae, born Nov. 14, 1929 in Wayne Co.

Cullem Leonard Coffey
Lula Mae married Cullem Leonard Coffey on Feb. 14, 1948, in KY and probably in Wayne Co.  Cullem died on Dec. 2, 2010 in Monticello, Wayne Co. and, was likely buried at Elk Spring.  Lula Mae died May 24, 2007 and, she is buried at Elk Spring.  Cullem was the son of Edward Cullem and Gertie Evana Taylor Coffey.

Shoff G. married Eva Mae Rainwater on Jan. 7, 1942 in Indiana.  She was born Feb. 12, 1923 in Liberty, Casey Co., KY to parents Louis F. and Grace "Gracie" Wilson Rainwater.

Death records for Shoff and Eva have not been found.  However, an obituary has been found for (second wife?) Adela L. Coffey, wife of Shoff G. Coffey.  She died in Fuquay-Varina, Wake Co., NC and, her obituary appeared in the The (Asheboro, N.C.) Courier-Tribune

FUQUAY-VARINA - Adela Laster Coffey, 59, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999.  Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Baptist Church, Angier.  Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Fuquay-Varina.
Surviving are husband, Shoff G. Coffey; daughters, Sandra Betts of Asheboro, Sharon Inman of Archdale; son, Karl Haper of Fuquay-Varina; brothers, Haywood Laster of Chesapeake, Va., Donald Laster and David Laster, both of Portsmouth, Va., Robert Adams of Sophia; granddaughter, Amber Haper of the home; five other grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
The family will be at the church noon-2 p.m. on Thursday.
Thomas Funeral Home, Fuquay-Varina, is in charge of the arrangements.
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Photo of Cullem Leonard Coffey is courtesy of Jacqueline Coffee Daffrin

1910 Wayne Co., Elk Creek Pct., ED222, Sheet 13A, dwelling/family 240, Coffey, Burl, head, male, white, age 26, married once for 7 yrs., born KY, parents born KY, farmer; Comely, wife, female, white, age 25, married once for 7 yrs., mother of 3, 3 living, born KY, parents born KY; Mabel, dau., female, white, age 5, born KY; Earnie, son, male, white, age 3, born KY; Oscar, son, male, white, age 6 mos., born KY.

1920 Wayne Co., Oil Valley Pct., ED258, Sheet 5B, Cooper Road, dwelling 96, family 100, Coffey, Burl, head, female, white, age 35, married, born KY, parents born KY, farmer; Camely [sic], wife, female, white, age 35, married, born KY, parents born KY; Mabvel, dau., female, white, age 15, single, born KY; Ernie, dau [sic], female, white, age 13, born KY; Oscar, son, male, white, age 11, born KY; Mary Jane, dau., female, white, age 8, born KY; Leslie, son, male, white, age 7, born KY; Frederic, son, male, white, age 4 yrs., 6 [?] mos., born KY; Woodrow, son, male, white, age 1 yr., 7 mos., born KY.

1930 Benton Co., Otterbein, ED1, Sheet 3A, dwelling 65, family 67, Coffey, Burl, head, male, white, age 46, married at age 18, born KY, parents born KY, farm laborer; Camely, wife, female, white, age 45, married at age 17, born KY, parents born KY, farm laborer; Oscar, son, male, white, age 20, single, born KY, farm laborer; Lulie (?), son, male, white, age 18, single, born KY; Frederick, son, male, white, age 15, born KY; Woodrow, son, male, white, age 12, born KY; Dorothy, dau., female, white, age 10, born KY; Shoff, son, male, white, age 4, born KY.

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