Jimmy Morris Coley, 74, succumbed after a lengthy illness on Nov. 26, 2013. Jimmy was born Nov. 27, 1939, to the late Needham and Estelle Coley in Pikeville, N.C. He attended Wayne County public schools and after graduation from high school, enlisted in the Army. He bravely served two tours of duty in Vietnam and was honored for his service.
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He retired from the Defense General Supply Center in 1994. Not one to just "sit around the house," Jimmy also worked at Pre-Con, Trailway Bus Station and Walmart, before his health began to decline. Jimmy was a quiet man who will be remembered for his keen sense of humor and his devotion to family and friends.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; two brothers, John Leslie Reid and James Willard (Pete) Coley; sister, Margie Coley; and loving nephew, Lee Fowler Jr.
Jimmy was joined in holy matrimony to Martha Mae Coley on Nov. 27, 1989. He described her as his "rock" and his best friend. He would often say, "She's got my back and I've got hers!"
Jimmy was especially proud of his two children, loving and devoted daughter, Crystal Tidwell and his son, Bryan (Meeka) Coley.
In addition to his treasured wife and children, Jimmy leaves to cherish his memory: sisters, Elaine McGregor (Gilbert) and Doris Fowler Ward (Devon); stepchildren, Sheryl Hancock (Michael), Tanya Walker (Lawrence), Kevin Jones, Steven Jones, Ken Jones, Gary Hines (Verdell) David Hines; brother–in-law, Roy Saunders (Barbara); grandchildren, DeAsia Tidwell, Anthony Dixon, Angel Tidwell and Jamard Tidwell; great-grandchildren, Jalaya Pitt and Trinity Burgess; many loving nieces and nephews including LaShawn Watson and Sandy Fowler-Jones; and devoted friends, Joyce Coley, Margaret Hinton, Virginia Clanton and Marie Parker; and a host of other relatives; and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Bland Funeral Home Chapel, 137 Harrison St., Petersburg, Dr. Antonio A. Tucker Sr., officiating. Interment to follow at Wilkerson Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of William N. Bland & Son Funeral Home. For more information or to leave an online condolence, visit us atblandenerprisesinc.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30, 2013