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James Daniel Coffee, age 64, died on Sunday, December 26, on his ranch in Kendall County. He went for an evening walk and died on the land he loved, beside his tractor. Anyone who knew James and his respect for his Indian heritage knows James was where he wanted to be when his time came. James would have said, "It was a good death." James was born November 19, 1946, in Kingsville, Texas, to Daniel Richard and Icle Ruth Coffee, both of whom preceded him in death. He cherished his family and is survived by his wife, Brenda Coffee; his beloved only son, Kirkland Hunter Coffee, and his wife, Alaina Coffee; along with James' brother Mark Coffee; his sister Patti Fox; six nieces and nephews and his former wife and friend, Joy Coffee. James grew up in Brownwood, Texas, and graduated from Terrell High School in Terrell, Texas before enrolling in Abilene Christian College in 1965. He volunteered for the Army during Vietnam, a time when many young men were seeking draft deferments, where he worked in Army Intelligence from 1967-1969. After the Army, James returned to ACC to earn his undergraduate degree. He married Joy Coffee in 1971 and graduated from South Texas College of Law in 1976. After law school, James moved to San Antonio where he built and grew a successful private law practice. In addition, James owned and managed Commercial Medical and Credit Services since 1989. In 1996, James married Brenda Ray. For the last three years, James and Brenda have lived in their 100-year-old "Little House" in Kendall County, surrounded by the land they both loved. James and Brenda were blessed with a strong and loving marriage. One Sunday, a young couple stopped them on their way out of church and said they'd been watching James and Brenda for a long time and hoped they would have the same kind of loving, affectionate marriage when they were James' and Brenda's age. James Coffee was the epitome of an honorable Texas gentleman. His word was his bond. People knew they could count on James. He had the rare grace and ability to connect with everyone he met. Like his father before him, and his father before him, James valued and loved the land. As president of the Champee Springs Home Owners Association, James fought tirelessly to uphold and defend the home owners deed restrictions and preserve the aquifer from the encroachment of big developers. James was also co-owner and developer of Jungfrau Hill Estates, a 420 acre large tract, eco-friendly subdivision, dedicated to preserving the natural resources. He loved to play poker and played in the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2009. James was an integral part of Northside Church of Christ, where he attended men's Bible study group for 15 years. Those who knew him will remember him for his deep and unflinching love of God, country and family.
DECEMBER 30, 2010
16318 SAN PEDRO
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Published in Express-News on Dec. 29, 2010