Clifton Nathaniel Coe, 98, of Ararat, passed peacefully into the arms of his Savior, February 14, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his family. Born January 28, 1923, he was the son of the late James Martin and Lula Mae Moser Coe. Growing up in a small farming community taught Clifton the value of hard work and a small church on the corner taught him the Christian values that would carry him all the days of his life. A farmer and a long-time employee of Essick Wire, Mr. Coe also served in the United States Navy during WWII in the Asiatic-Pacific theater, stationed in the New Guinea Islands. Before heading off to serve his country, he married Josephine Mikels and began a 77-year marriage. Left to cherish precious memories, are his sons and daughters-in-law, Roger Wayne (Judy) Coe, Donald Gray (Joan) Coe; two daughters and sons in law, Peggy Jo Coe (Louie) Childress, Patty Christine Coe (Don) Childress; eleven grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Coe; and two sisters, Lucy Mae Coe Lewis and Norris Coe Key. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his loving wife and constant companion of 80 years, Josephine Mikel Coe; a son, Larry Dean Coe; and twelve siblings.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Pine Hill Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Michael Thames, the Rev. Terry Lee Coe, and the Rev. Scott Coalson will be officiating. Mr. Coe will lie in state at Cox-Needham Funeral Home, Wednesday, from 12:00-5:00 and Thursday, from 9:00-5:00. He will not lie in state at the church prior to the service.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude for the compassion and care shown by Mary Kaye Snow and the Mountain Valley Hospice Staff. Flowers are appreciated; however, memorials may be made to the youth of Pine Hill Church at 3968 Hwy. 268, Ararat, NC 27007.
The family asks that all attendees please wear masks and practice social distancing to aid in the prevention of the spread o COVID-19. If not feeling well or running a fever, please refrain from attending.
Cox-Needham Funeral Home is respectfully serving the Coe Family.
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