February 23, 2011

Brenton Moreland Coffey (1915-2011)

Brenton Morland Coffey was a son of Lewis Alexander and Hannah Catherine "Katie" Campbell Coffey.  He was born Oct. 15, 1919 in Saint Joseph, Champaign Co., IL and died Feb. 17, 2011 in Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL.

This was his obituary:

Obituary, The News-Gazette, Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL

Brenton Coffey

SPRINGFIELD – Brenton Morland Coffey, 91, of Springfield died at 6:38 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 17, 2011) at Capitol Care Center.

He was born on Oct. 15, 1919, in St. Joseph, to Lou and Hannah Catherine Campbell Coffey.

He is survived by a son, Lonnie (wife: Vicki) Coffey of Urbana; two grandsons, Cory Coffey of Urbana and Brandon Coffey of Maryland Heights, Mo.; and a special God-sent friend, Tina Heslop of New Castle, Pa.

Mr. Coffey had been a resident of Springfield most of his life. He attended Wesleyan Holiness Church and worked as a piano tuner in his younger years. He played the accordion at the Illinois State Fair and on the Old State Capitol Square for over 50 years.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at Staab Funeral Home, 1109 S. Fifth St., Springfield.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at the funeral home, with Pastor Wilson Douglas officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

More information is available at www.StaabObituary.com.

This morning, the on-line News-Gazette published a short copyrighted bio about Mr. Coffey.  It can be read here.  I'm not certain how long it will stay on-line so check it early to be sure you get to read it.


Feb. 25, 2011 article from Southern.com.


Lewis was a son of Robert Washington and Margaret Adeline Blair Coffey.  I have very little info on Lewis and, indeed, did not know anything until I found Brenton's obituary and decided to track down his parents.  Please contact me if you can fill in some of Lewis and Katie's vitals.

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