Cecil William (Bill) Coffman, 93, of Roanoke, died March 19, 2013, after a long illness in Roanoke. He was born December 14, 1919, in Verona. He was predeceased by his parents, Cecil and Mabel Coffman; and his sister Margaret Sale. Bill grew up in Covington, where he was active in Boy Scouts and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, now known as Virginia Tech, cutting short his senior year to enlist in the Navy. He proudly served four years in the South Pacific during World War II. He returned to marry Peggy Boggess Coffman, "the love of his life", celebrating 67 anniversaries. Most of his work career (25 years) was spent at General Electric, first in Salem, and later in Mebane, N.C. Bill and Peggy spent their retirement traveling the country in their Airstream trailer and wintering in Melbourne, Fla.
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He leaves his memory to be cherished by his devoted daughter, Judy; his grandson Charles William Cosmato and wife, Patty and his adored great-grandchildren, Nate and Myra. He was a member of Thrasher Memorial Church in Vinton. The world has lost a gentle soul and a true Virginia gentleman.
The family would like to offer special thanks to Missy Peterson, the staff and doctors at the VA Hospital and nursing unit on 2 Main at the Friendship Rehab Center for their concern and care. There will be a memorial service at a later date.
Published in Roanoke Times on Mar. 20, 2013