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James "Jesse" Wendell Coffey

May 27, 1945 — June 10, 2021

James Wendell “Jesse” Coffey, age 76 years, of Whitley City, Kentucky died Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the Baptist Health of Corbin.

He was born in Wiborg, Kentucky on May 27, 1945 the son of Harley and Carrie Catherine (Strunk) Coffey. Jesse had worked as a carpenter, and enjoyed sitting with the Barren Fork men, eating at Milton’s Burger Hut, hunting, fishing, ginseng, and spending time with his grandchildren.

His parents and sister, Naomi Ruth Coffey precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Rita Gale (Vanover) Coffey; daughters, Stephanie New (James), Angie Creekmore (Bert) both of Whitley City, and Tammy Johnson (Christopher) of Lexington; siblings, Joyce Keith, Bill Coffey (Phyllis), Harley Coffey, Jr (Pauline), Larry Coffey, Tommy Coffey all of Whitley City; Stanley Coffey (Loretta) of Lancaster, Jerry Coffey of Ohio, and Starlin Grover Keith (Fay) of Whitley City; and 7 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Monday, June 14, 2021 at the McCreary County Funeral Home with Bro. Dwight Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Wiborg Cemetery.  The family will receive friends after 12pm Monday at the Funeral Home.

McCreary County Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

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Monday, June 14, 2021

12:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Taylor Ridge United Baptist Church

Sandhill Rd, KY 42653

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