February 28, 2015

Lee Clayton Coffey

Lee Clayton Coffey
Lee Clayton "Clayton" Coffey was a son of John Narvin and Mollie Couch Coffey, born Oct. 6, 1916 in Zephyr, Brown Co., TX.  This family descends from the still mythical Chesley Coffey.*
"He served in the U.S. Naval Air Corps during WWII and received BS and MA degree from his beloved Texas A&M and a Ph. D. from Iowa State College in Ames, IA."¹
He was married to Sunshine "Sunny" Jackson, on Feb. 1, 1944 in Richardson, Dallas Co., TX.² She was born ca 1923 in Dallas Co.

Sunshine "Sunny" Jackson Coffey
"Bride - Mr. and Mrs. Lee C. Coffey, who were married Tuesday at the Richardson Presbyterian Church, will make their home in Abilene. The bride, above, is the former Miss Sunshine Jackson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luther J. Jackson of Richardson [TX]. She is a former student of the North Texas State Teacher College. The bridegroom is a graduate of Texas A. & M. College and formerly taught vocational agriculture in the Richardson school. He is county agent of Taylor County."
Lee worked as the Country Agricultural Agent in Mason, Taylor, Fisher and Comanche counties.  He also worked at Texas A & M as a "special agronomist" and Director of The Foundation Seed Program for that university.  In 1964 he and Sunny relocated to Plainview to form the Excel Seed Co., Inc.

There were two children born to the union:  Daughter, Robyn Kay Coffey of Weatherford, TX and a son, Lee "Pete" Jackson Coffey of Lubbock.

Sunny survived at Lee's death in Longview in 2013.

*From DNA testing we know that Chesley was related to Edward.  What we do not know is how, and how far back they became kin.

 ¹http://bit.ly/1wwKDmm  citing Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice Weatherford Democrat, The (TX) - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Deceased Name: Lee Clayton Coffey

²http://bit.ly/1wvOUGO citing "The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX", , Sun., Feb. 13, 1944, Section III, Page 8.

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