Grady Cofer Sr. passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 28, 2013, while visiting family stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Lousiana. He was 65 years old.
Grady was born Feb. 10, 1947, in Thomson, Ga. He married Mary Crawford in January 1972, and together, they spent the next 20 years stationed in Europe and at other military bases in the United States.
Sergeant First Class Grady Cofer Sr. served his country honorably for 24 years. After a final assignment to Fort Wainwright, he retired as a tactical communications Chief in the United States Army in 1992. During his years of service, he served in the Vietnam War
(TET 69 Counteroffensive) and earned a number of medals including the Bronze Star
Grady loved Alaska and lived in Fairbanks for more than 25 years.
While living in Fairbanks, he was also employed by Loomis Courier Service and the Fairbanks Resource Agency. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks and graduated in May 2008 with an associate of applied science degree in human services.
Grady was known for his kindness and generosity.
He never met a stranger and enjoyed talking to anyone about any topic.
He especially enjoyed giving words of encouragement and "putting a smile" on the faces of those he met.
He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary; children, Grady Cofer Jr., Master Sergeant Andriea Pederson (USAF), Barksdale AFB, La., and Technical Sergeant Charles Cofer, (USAF) Nellis AFB, Nev.; godchildren, Tasara and Toni; grandchildren, MaryAnn, Tiana, Adria, Brandon and Tristan; sisters, Lillie Collins and Ella Mae Cofer, of Atlanta, Ga.; brothers, James Cofer and Hemy Cofer, of Thomson, Ga., and Willie Cofer, of Atlanta, Ga.; and a host of family and friends.
A service to remember and celebrate his life will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Southern Lights Chapel on Fort Wainwright, Bldg. 4107 at 8th and Neely St.