November 29, 1938 ~ July 27, 2021

Born in: Adair County, Kentucky
Resided in: Glasgow, Kentucky

James Claudus Coomer, 82, died on July 27, 2021, at the T J Samson Hospital in Glasgow. He was born November 29, 1938, in Adair County to the late Brack and Lucy (Sneed) Coomer. He attended a one-room school for the first 8 years of his education and was graduated from Adair County High School in 1956. He attended Berea College and was graduated in 1960 with a degree in Agriculture. He went on to earn a MS in Vocational Agriculture Education from the University of Kentucky and a Rank 1 certification in School Administration, all levels, from Western Kentucky University

Mr. Coomer began his education career at Brodhead School in Rockcastle County then came to Barren County in 1964 to teach Vocational Agriculture at Temple Hill School. He later worked as principal at Hiseville School and at Temple Hill School. When the new Barren County High School opened in 1973, James Coomer was the first principal; he remained there 14 years before accepting the position of Assistant Superintendent of Barren County Schools. Upon leaving the high school, Mr. Coomer resigned his positions of leadership which he held on the state and national levels of the National Beta Club. He retired from education in 1994 and devoted his time to his farm in Temple Hill and to his herd of Simmental cattle, which he enjoyed. As a Simmental breeder, he held various positions of leadership in the Kentucky Simmental Association.

Mr. Coomer was very active in his community. He was a lifetime member of the Temple Hill Lions Club and Lions International. Working with the local club, he encouraged young people to work with livestock, especially beef cattle, and he helped to organize the herd Handler 4-H club for those who wanted to exhibit their animals. He was a Mason, a member of both Scottish and York Rites and a Shriner. He was also active with the Glasgow Camp of Gideons International.

James Claudus began his spiritual journey at the Jones Chapel Methodist Church in Adair County, and was a longtime member of the Temple Hill Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and the teacher of the Senior Adult Men’s Sunday School class.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by a niece, Mary Ann Wolford, and a brother-in-law, Wilburn (Geary) Wolford. He is survived by a sister, Frances Wolford of Columbia, his wife of 61 years, Joan; a daughter, Sharon Mattingly (Richard) of Etoile, a son James (Sarah) of DeWitt, Iowa, and a son Jeff (Darcy) of Glasgow. In addition, there are 7 grandchildren; Stephanie Mattingly Dillon (Kelly) and Jonathan Mattingly of Etoile; Kristen and Kyle Coomer of DeWitt, Iowa; Chase, Bryce and Reece Coomer of Glasgow, as well as 3 great granddaughters: Brooklyn Anderson of DeWitt, Iowa; McKinley Mattingly and Sasha Dillon of Etoile.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made Gideons International P.O. Box 69 Glasgow, Kentucky 42142-0069, Temple Hill Baptist Church Building Fund 8427 Tompkinsville Road Glasgow, Kentucky 42141, Jones Chapel Cemetery Fund c/o Chad Parnell or Sharon Mattingly, or a charity of your choice.

A Celebration of Life for Mr. Coomer will be held 10:00 AM Saturday, August 7th at A. F. Crow & Son Funeral Home with burial in the Jones Chapel Cemetery in Adair County. A graveside service will be held 12:00 PM at the Jones Chapel Cemetery for those unable to attend the Celebration of Life. Visitation will be Friday, August 6th from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Saturday morning until time for the service at the funeral home. A Masonic Service will be held 6:00 PM Friday, August 6th at the funeral home.

A. F. Crow & Son is both honored and privileged to be entrusted in the care of Mr. Coomer. Please share your condolences with the family at www.crowfuneralhome.com.

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  1. James was a fine man, a brother in Christ, and a true friend. We gardened together for more than 10 years, and I never heard him say a bad word. He was a hard worker, and loved to work in his garden. James will be missed by all who knew him.

  2. Thinking of your family during this difficult time. Mr. Coomer was a fine person. Prayers for comfort.

  3. Mr Coomer was a good, kind man and neighbor. He definitely will be missed. Temple Hill has lost one of the best. Prayers for the family, May God Bless!

  4. I am so sorry. While I did not ever meet you Mr Coomer, I have experienced the wonder of your legacy. Your Daughter Sharon and son in law Richard have shown me the depth of the warmth you have given in the family. You should be proud in knowing your granddaughter Stephanie and her family share as well your ethics and values.

    Rest In Peace kind sir.


  5. So sorry for your loss. I am proud to be one of his former students. The family will be in my prayers.

  6. So sorry,and praying for all.My husband and I are both graduates of BCHS,Class of 83 with Mr .Coomer’s son James.Also I was in band with Sharon.Our hearts go out to everyone.May God comfort you all during this time.

  7. Prayers to all mr coomer was a good principal but a strict one I did something in school can’t remember what and was sent to his office he sd I hate this part of been a principal but it’s the rule u want 3 licks or exspelled 3 days I knew if my parents found out I would be in trouble so I sd 3 licks he sd bend over he brought out a paddle with holes in it and boy did them licks hurt but my parents never found out

  8. Sending hugs and love to all of you during this very difficult time. Prayers for comfort from our Lord are sent. Thoughts are with you….

  9. Sharon, I’m so sorry for your family. Your dad was a wonderful man and will be missed. David and I both have great memories of him, he hired David at BCHS, and was a wonderful boss. You and your family are in my prayers, we love you.

  10. Mr. Coomer was my first “boss” with the Barren County Schools and what a great one he was! Wonderful man! He will be missed. He was loved!

  11. To Joan and family, just know you will be in our prayers today. We could not be with you physically but are thinking about you in spirit. God is so good and now Jim is at peace. We love you. [Jeanne and Phillip Garrett]

  12. So very sorry for your loss, Joan and Sharon. James was a very good man and I enjoyed being with him in our retirement activities.

  13. Sending prayers to Mrs. Coomer and the rest of the family. Thankful to have known Mr. Coomer at Temple Hill and Barren County.

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