September 2, 1931 ~ December 23, 2020

Born in: Edmonton, KY
Resided in: Edmonton, KY

James Howard Coffey, 89, of Edmonton passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at his home.  Born September 2, 1931 he was the son of the late William Henry and China Mae Smith Coffey.

Mr. Coffey graduated from Edmonton High School and after graduation served in the United States Army achieving the rank of Corporal.    After serving his country, he returned to Metcalfe County and married Peggy Jean Shirley, July 24, 1954.  They owned and operated the family farm and here raised their three children.  She preceded him in death on December 20, 2017.

Howard had a passion for farming and was widely known for his knowledge of farming and many patterned after him.    It was common knowledge that when Howard cut hay everyone would follow.  Howard worked on the farm until his health no longer allowed.

Howard was a longtime member of the Edmonton Baptist Church and served as deacon for many years.   He served on many committees and was a knowledgeable resource for building and improvement projects.

Howard is survived by his three children.   Tamara (Danny) Poore of Edmonton, Tony (Karen) Coffey of Prospect, Kentucky and Russ Coffey of Lexington.   Other survivors include a sister Dorothy Parks of Owensboro and sister in law Barbara Coffey of Louisville.   Six grandchildren:  Nina (Mike) Kleven of Medford, NJ., Tara Williams of Edmonton, Diana (Chas) Hayes of Nashville, Katrina (Matt) Howard, Westfield, Indiana.   Megan (Tyler) Gooch, Orange County, California and Jenna Coffey of Louisville.    Eight great grandchildren:    Alyssa Williams (Howard’s card buddy.)  Charlie and Owen Kleven, Connor and Mason Hayes, Ainsley and Hadley Howard and Everett Gooch.

Besides his parents and wife  Mr. Coffey was preceded in death by a son in law Rick Williams, a brother Robert L. Coffey and a brother in law Charles Parks.

Funeral services for James Howard Coffey will be held 1:00 PM, Monday, December 28th at Butler Funeral Home in Edmonton with burial to follow in the Missionary Mound Cemetery.    A walk-through visitation will be held after 10:00 AM Monday until service time.  All those who attend the visitation or service will be required to wear a mask or face covering to protect those in

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  1. Tamara, Tony, Russ and family
    So sorry for your loss and wish I could be there to hug you. We have so many memories of happy times to sustain up until we meet them again. Love you all so much.

  2. Russ –
    I am so sorry for your loss, especially during the holidays. May you and your family find peace and comfort.
    – Tracy

  3. I am very sorry for your loss. James Howard was a good man, always nice and smiling. He will be missed by many and you have my deepest sympathy.

  4. Dear Tamara, Tony and Russ,
    Our deepest heartfelt sorrow as you grieve the loss of your father.
    My Coffey left a legacy of dedicated devotion to family, a strong work ethic and wholesome living!
    Mr. Coffey impacted many lives, of course his children, grandchildren and great children, his community and our lives as well.
    Precious Diana (Tamara and Rick’s daughter) is our “daughter-in-love” and we are grateful for the home she was raised and the values of the Coffey and Williams families. Chas Hayes is blessed to be apart of such a loving family.
    We love you all and praying God’s tender comfort and peace as you grieve so great a loss.
    Jonathan and Tammy Hayes

  5. Russ-
    Deeply saddened to learn of the loss of your Dad. May God’s loving power bring comfort and peace to you and your family
    With Deepest Sympathy-

  6. To all of James Howard’s children and children’s children…. I was blessed to know him from high school and through all the years between; he and Peggy were such wonderful examples of how marriage and families should be! And such good neighbors to all around! I’m sorry for your loss, but feel that your sweet memories and Christian faith will carry you through.

  7. We will all miss James Howard so much at church. I know the life of your family will never be the same but he is with his Peggy now. Both are free of pain and free to enjoy the love they shared again.

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