October 18, 2011

Garnett Odell Dudley & Leona Alberta Plogger Coffey

An obituary in my morning e-mail alerted me to the death of Nancy Virginia Plogger Graves on Oct. 15, 2011 in Roanoke City, VA.  After reading the obituary I learned that Nancy was the sister of Leona Alberta Plogger who married Garnett Coffey in Virginia on Dec. 29, 1944.

The Plogger sisters were two of the children born to Sandy Jackson & Goldie Mae Overhulser Plogger of Rockbridge Co., VA.  Leona was born Nov. 22, 1928 and died Oct. 26, 1999 in Buena Vista, VA.  She and Garnett had at least one child, Randolph Jackson Coffey who married Linda Sue Clark.  Linda died on May 8, 1999 in Lexington, VA and was buried at Collierstown Presbyterian Cemetery in Rockbridge, Co.

Her obituary:

The News-Gazette, Lexington, VA, May 12, 1999
Mrs. Randolph Coffey
Linda Sue Clark Coffey, 48, of Buena Vista died Saturday, May 8, at the University of Virginia Medical Center. 
She was born Aug. 18, 1950, in Rockbridge County, daughter of Nellie Clark Knick and Roy Knick of Buena Vista.  She was married to Randolph Coffey.
In addition to her husband and her parents, she is survived by three daughters, Nancy B. Coffey, Kristi M. Floyd and Elizabeth G. Coffey, all of Buena Vista; a son, Richard W. Coffey of Buena Vista; two brothers, Delmas Clark of Collierstown and Charles McNeil of Buena Vista; a sister, Martha McNeil of Fairfield; and three grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, at Harrison's Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Ballard Shepherd.  Burial will follow at Collierstown Presbyterian Cemetery.
Garnett Coffey was the 10th son and last child born to Lafayette Washington and Annie Mariah Ward Coffey who, in total were parents of 14 children.  Garnett was born Jan. 6, 1922 in Rockbridge Co. and died on Dec. 26, 1991, and probably buried at Green Hill Cemetery in Buena Vista with Leona.

Nancy Virginia's obituary:

Obituary, Roanoke Times, Oct. 18, 2011 
Nancy Virginia Plogger Graves 
Nancy Virginia Plogger Graves, 73, of Lexington, died on Saturday, October 15, 2011, at Heritage Hall. She was born on October 25, 1937, in Rockbridge County, a daughter of the late Sandy Jackson Plogger and Goldie Mae Overhulser. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Leona Coffey, Mary Reynolds, Ruby Fluty; and her granddaughter, Kalli Rylie Johnson.  
Mrs. Graves was a member of the Timber Ridge ARP Church. Surviving are her husband, Charles Leo Graves, of Lexington; one son, Charles Eddie Graves and wife, Lori, of Lexington; three daughters, Debbie Mohler and husband, Odie, of Lexington, Margie Koogler and husband, David, of Montpelier, Va., and Donna Johnson and husband, Barry, of Natural Bridge; one brother, Dennis Plogger, of Rockbridge Baths; two sisters, Nellie Graves, of Rockbridge Baths, and Frances Reynolds, of Stuarts Draft; five grandchildren, Heather Mohler, Nicole Koogler Clark and husband, Jonathan, Matthew Mohler and wife, Danielle, Courtney Koogler Gilbert and husband, Jimmy, and Samantha McDougle; three great-grandchildren, Hadleigh, Will, and Alexis; and one stepgreat-grandson, Treyce McCormick.  
A Funeral Service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 19, 2011, at Harrison Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Gordon and the Rev William Bearden officiating. Burial will follow at Timber Ridge ARP Cemetery.  
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rockbridge Area Hospice, P.O. Box 948, Lexington, VA 24450 or to the Heritage Hall Resident Aid Fund, 205 Houston Street, Lexington, VA 24450. 
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, at Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory, Lexington, Va., 540-463-2912.
Sandy Jackson Plogger was a son of Samuel Jackson and Nancy Virginia Hyman Plogger and was born Oct. 25, 1890 in VA, died Mar. 1, 1949.  He and Goldie Mae Overhulser, a daughter of Isaac and Alda Overhulser, born Sep. 23, 1904 in OH, married on Aug. 14, 1928 in Lexington.  She died in Lexington, VA on Dec. 29, 1976.  Both she and Sandy are buried at the New Monmouth Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Lexington.  They lived in the Kerrs Creek area of Lexington.

William Paxton Plogger and Sarah Frances Reid were the parents of Samuel Jackson.  Samuel's sister, Alice Baker Plogger is known to have had at least two children, Rosa Lillie and Reid Franklin, but their father is unknown.  Rosa married John William Riley on Dec. 6, 1906 in Lexington and had a number of children, including Alice Baker Riley on Oct. 17, 1907, who married Harry L. Falls; and Margaret Lee Riley who married Saylor Marshall Coffey.  Saylor was a son of Jacob Morris and Mary Jane Lotts Coffey.  Jacob and Garnett were cousins many times over.


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