Mr. James Hoyce “Horsefly”
Coffey, age 84, of Lexington and formerly of Somerset passed
from this life on Friday, February 23, 2017 at St. Joseph
Hospital following a brief illness. He was born on July 27, 1932
in Wayne County, Kentucky to the late Mrs. Mabel Coffey Gilmore
and Mr. Jamie Brown.
James was a retired Assistant
Director of Environmental Services with the A. B. Chandler
Medical Center of Lexington, and past President of the Dunbar
Alumni Association of Somerset. He was a veteran of the Korean
War, serving in the U. S. Army. He was an avid fisherman and
sports fan. He enjoyed reading and watching old westerns. James
was a magnanimous individual who seemed to never meet a
stranger. He was a member of the old Church of God of America of
He is survived by his loving
wife of 53 years; Doris Ingram Coffey, two daughters; Estel
(John) Bailey of Detroit, Michigan and Michel Coffey of
Lexington. One son; James T. Coffey of Somerset, five
grandchildren; India, Fernando, Jordy, Malik and Braydon. Four
great-grandchildren; Fernando, Jalen, Kalijah and Iniyah.
Sister; Estel “Essie” Coffey Slaughter of Lexington. Brother;
Morse Coffey of Durham, North Carolina, Special niece; Carlnetta
“Connie” Brown; special cousin-in-law Sheila K. Hugges of
Somerset. Several other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents her was
preceded in death by his son; Bradley Thomas Coffey;
Step-father; George Gilmore, brothers; William Coffey,
Woodrow Coffey and sisters; Lucy Coffey and Litha Coffey and
granddaughter; Karma Thomas
Visitation will be 10:00 A.M. –
12:00 Noon on Friday, March 3, 2017 in the Chapel of Southern
Oaks Funeral Home
Funeral will be at 12:00 Noon
on Friday, March 3, 2017 in the Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral
Home with Pastor Wm. Hale and Bishop Eric Barnes, officiating.
Interment will be at the Mill
Springs National Cemetery with military Honors by American
Legion Post #38 Honor Guards.
In Lieu of flowers,
contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Southern Oaks Funeral Home of
Somerset is entrusted with the funeral