Vernon Dale Coffman

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1926 - 2016 Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 1:00 PM in Martin & Castille's La Fleur de Lis Chapel for Mr. Vernon Dale Coffman, Sr., age 89, who passed away peacefully at 11:31 PM on Monday, May 23, 2016 at his Lafayette home with his family at his side. The family requests that visitation be observed at Martin & Castille's SOUTHSIDE location on Friday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on Saturday from 11:00 AM until time of services. Entombment will be in the Fountain Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. The Reverend Dr. Steve Horn, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Lafayette will officiate. Reverend Luther Burney will sing for the services. Honored to serve as pallbearers are Grant Dale Coffman, Christopher Patrick Gossen, Gregory Gossen, Dr. Ken Falterman, Grant Michel Barone, A.J. Antoine and Jeron LaFargue. Vernon D. Coffman, Sr. was born in Horatio, Arkansas in 1926. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mattie Louise Johnson Coffman of Pitkin, Louisiana. The couple married in 1949 in Pitkin. Vernon was a licensed contractor, and President and CEO of Guy Scroggins, Inc. Vernon graduated high school from Pitkin High School in 1942. Less than a year later at 17 years old, Vernon began working as a contract employee, for the United States Army at Camp Polk (Fort Polk) in Leesville, Louisiana. During his service at Camp Polk, Vernon supervised several POW's, and headed the mechanical division's inventory line for outfitting half-tracks and trucks with mechanical supplies to support troops. After World War II, Vernon attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston where he excelled in land and mechanical sciences. In 1959, Vernon earned a Diploma in Surveying and Mapping from the International Correspondence Schools of Scranton Pennsylvania while employed by SOHIO Petroleum Company. Vernon joined Guy Scroggins, Inc., in 1975 as a field supervisor, eventually purchasing the company in the mid 1980s where he worked full-time until his retirement in 2011. Vernon D. Coffman was a member of the Louisiana Board of Contractors, the Louisiana Oilfield Contractor's Association and an active participant in the formation of Lafayette's modern petro-chemical industry. He worked as an advocate and lobbyist for small businesses and landowners, especially for those within and affected by the oil and gas industry. Vernon was one of the original members of Lafayette's Petroleum Club and a member of the City Club of Lafayette/River Ranch, served on the Board of Director's for the Lafayette Townhouse and an active member of the Order of the Troubadours Mardi Gras Krewe. Vernon served as a Duke of the Ball twice for his daughters, and eventually reigned as King Richard the XXXIV in 1986. Vernon was also a charitable member of the community, instrumental in the construction of Acadian Village, a corporate and personal sponsor of Lafayette's Junior League Tinsel and Treasures and of countless little league baseball teams and always a willing donor to many Lafayette public schools, notably Lafayette High School and associated athletic facilities. Vernon was an avid outdoorsman, sportsman, and environmentalist, a member of Ducks Unlimited for more than fifty years, an angler, a mariner, birder, herpetologist, ophiologist, gunsmith and mechanic. He was known for his great sense of humor and always had a joke ready for any occasion. He was also widely respected for his innate ability to navigate the land, rivers, bayous, woodlands, swamps, and especially in his favorite place on earth, deep in the marshes of South Louisiana. He was also well known as one of the more experienced numismatists in the community with a valued knowledge of currency and coins, and an avid philatelist, collecting stamps from around the world. Vernon was a member of First Baptist Church of Lafayette and baptized at Northside Baptist Church in Lafayette. He also served as a mason alongside his father George Mitchell Coffman Sr., who preceded Vernon in death. His mother, Florence Elizabeth Milam Coffman, two brothers, George Mitchell Coffman, Jr., and Richard Dix Coffman also preceded Vernon in death. He is survived by his beloved wife Mattie Louise Coffman, daughter Carla Patricia Coffman Gossen and husband Gregory Martin Gossen, and daughter Tanya Lou Coffman Falterman and husband Dr. Kenneth Wayne Falterman. His son Dr. Vernon Dale Coffman, Jr. and his wife Elena Coffman survive Vernon. His son Dr. Mitchell Ward Coffman also survives him. Vernon was a loving parent and proud grandparent having established his legacy through his family including his grandchildren; Cullen Barry Coffman Barone and her husband Grant Barone, Matthew Coffman Gossen, Christopher Patrick Gossen, Grier Dale Gossen, Olivia Louise Falterman, Kendall Dale Coffman, Grant Dale Coffman and Kristen Leigh Robertson. A heartfelt appreciation is extended to the caregivers, Marlene Peterson, Vickey Wiggins, Cathy Walker and Sunshine Walker for the compassionate care given to Vernon in his time of need. View the obituary and guestbook online at Martin & Castille SOUTHSIDE, 600 E. Farrel Rd. Lafayette, LA 70508 337-984-2811

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Martin & Castille Funeral Home Inc
600 E Farrel Rd
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 984-2811
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on May 27, 2016
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