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JAMES COFFEY

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JAMES WILLIAM COFFEY James William Coffey ("Jim"), age 87, a long time resident of Indian River County, has passed away on Tuesday, April, 16, 2013. He was born March 25, 1926 in Stephens, Georgia to Cora Lee Escoe and William Chester Coffey. He was the beloved husband to Mary Ann Coffey for 64 years, loving father to two daughters, Marie (Jim) Ouellet and Patricia (Bill) Marine, along with six grandchildren, Todd (Michelle) Sipos, Chris (Vivian) Sipos, Tami Schwartzott, Gina (Michael) Kondziola, Chad Marine, Amanda Marine, and eight great grandchildren, all of which he adored. Survivors also include a sister, Helen Turk of Hoschton, Georgia, and two brothers, Donald Loggins of Gainesville, Georgia, and Larry Loggins of Winder, Georgia. Jim loved his country and all it stands for, enlisting in the United States Army during World War II and rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant, 27th Infantry Division 8th Army, from 1944 to 1946. Jim's two proudest accomplishments include being a founding member of the 100 Club of Indian River County and sitting as a member on the IRSC Board of Trustees from 1971 to 1977, serving in a leadership role in the acquisition of the land for the Mueller Campus in Indian River County. Jim was active in community and civic organizations, including United Way of Indian River County and Chamber of Commerce, where he served as President. He also served on the Park, Planning, and Zoning Commission of Indian River County. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and very supportive of their missions programs as well as his Sunday school class, Pairs and Spares. Throughout his life, Jim has exemplified the innovation, drive, and persistence of a successful entrepreneur, being named the Dan K. Richardson 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year. At the award ceremony he was awarded honorary deputy sheriff by Sheriff Daryl Loar. He was co-owner and President of Earman Oil Company and Courtesy House Auto Truck Plaza, Inc., along with starting a third career in 1984 as a real estate agent and developer. Jim's credits include developing the 60/95 Outlet Mall and the Road 60 Commercial Park in Indian River County. Being an avid golfer and past member of Bent Pine Country Club, Vero Beach Country Club, and Dodger Pines Country Club (having three holes in one), Jim hosted many charitable golf events and fund raisers. He loved the outdoors, enjoying golf, fishing, hunting, and boating. A Celebration of Life will be held at First United Methodist Church of Vero Beach, Florida at 11 AM on Friday, April 19, 2013. There will be a reception immediately following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church Mission Programs, 1750 20th Street, Vero Beach, Florida 32960. An online guestbook is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com Paid Obituary

Published in the TC Palm from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2013
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