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Mr. James Hoyce “Horsefly” Coffey, age 84, of Lexington and formerly of Somerset passed from this life on Friday, February 23, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital following a brief illness. He was born on July 27, 1932 in Wayne County, Kentucky to the late Mrs. Mabel Coffey Gilmore and Mr. Jamie Brown.
James was a retired Assistant Director of Environmental Services with the A. B. Chandler Medical Center of Lexington, and past President of the Dunbar Alumni Association of Somerset. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U. S. Army. He was an avid fisherman and sports fan. He enjoyed reading and watching old westerns. James was a magnanimous individual who seemed to never meet a stranger. He was a member of the old Church of God of America of Somerset.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years; Doris Ingram Coffey, two daughters; Estel (John) Bailey of Detroit, Michigan and Michel Coffey of Lexington. One son; James T. Coffey of Somerset, five grandchildren; India, Fernando, Jordy, Malik and Braydon. Four great-grandchildren; Fernando, Jalen, Kalijah and Iniyah. Sister; Estel “Essie” Coffey Slaughter of Lexington. Brother; Morse Coffey of Durham, North Carolina, Special niece; Carlnetta “Connie” Brown; special cousin-in-law Sheila K. Hugges of Somerset. Several other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents her was preceded in death by his son; Bradley Thomas Coffey; Step-father; George Gilmore, brothers; William Coffey, Woodrow Coffey and sisters; Lucy Coffey and Litha Coffey and granddaughter; Karma Thomas
Visitation will be 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 Noon on Friday, March 3, 2017 in the Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home
Funeral will be at 12:00 Noon on Friday, March 3, 2017 in the Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Pastor Wm. Hale and Bishop Eric Barnes, officiating.
Interment will be at the Mill Springs National Cemetery with military Honors by American Legion Post #38 Honor Guards.
In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Southern Oaks Funeral Home of Somerset is entrusted with the funeral