- Alicia Sharon Coble, who by her Faith was lovingly welcomed into Heaven by her Heavenly Father and His Son, slipped into Eternal Peace on July 29, 2013. The daughter of Paul and Helen Coble, now deceased, was born on the 4th of July 1948 in DeLand at the old DeLand Memorial Hospital as the whole town of Lake Helen awaited the news of their new "Little Firecracker's" birth. Alicia attended Lake Helen Elementary School and DeLand High School, graduating with the Class of 1966. She accomplished her higher education from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree; took graduate courses at the University of Tennessee; and achieved her Master-of-Arts-in-Teaching from Stetson University. Family, Music and Christian Education were the focus of her life. She was an accomplished musician, playing both piano and organ. She sang and was the accompanist in her church for many years. She traveled with the Festival of Lights national choral group to share the joy and music of the Christmas Season. She also was a member of the Sunshine Express Chapter of Harmony, Inc, an International Barbershop Singing Organization that traveled the State for fun and competition. Professionally she tried teaching in public education; but when offered the opportunity to be the first educator in a brand new church school, she followed her Heart and said yes. She devoted the next fifteen years of her life to the First Church of God Christian School (now known as the Lighthouse Christian Academy) in DeLand; where she provided the gift of a loving heart as well as the best that she believed Christian education had to offer. Countless children flourished and were blessed in her care. The next phase of her life was a commitment to ill and aging parents and to the Family who were fortunate enough to benefit from her gifts of loyalty and unconditional Love. She clearly not only taught what she believed, she lived it. She had a passionate interest in politics. Being aware of the responsibilities of good citizenship, she invested countless hours to her political party and the candidates she supported. She was recognized by three Presidents and several Senators and Congressmen for her service. She was after all, born on the 4th of July. Proudly, her profile can be found in "Who's Who in American Education". She is survived by two sisters: Katherine Hopkins; her husband, Ronald and Barbara Stevens, her husband Mack, recently deceased. Also surviving are the nieces and nephews of her immediate and extended families; and her Great-aunt Rosalyn Ross, 100 years old in Ft Myers, Fl. and an Aunt Patricia Greenig in Green Valley, Az. A private graveside service with her immediate family is planned as she is laid to rest next to her parents in the Lake Helen/Cassadaga Cemetery. The family would like to invite those who would like to join us for a brief memorial service and then share the afternoon at Terrace Hill Clubhouse, 900 Westridge Drive, DeBary, Florida on Sunday August 4th from 1 pm until. . Memorial gifts would be gratefully received by The Deltona Community Church of God, 3045 Mallard Avenue, Deltona. Fl 32738 or The West Volusia Care Center, Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia / Flagler, 1625 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Orange City, FL 32763. You are invited to share your memories with the family at www.lankfordfuneralhome.com
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Aug. 1, 2013