James "Tony" Coe, 63, passed at UC San Diego Medical Center due to a tragic car accident. He spent that morning doing what he loved, fishing in the ocean.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Margaret Coe and brother Larry Randolph Coe. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Marie (Craft) Coe, his 3 daughters, Aimee LaTonya Coe, Mary Marie (Coe) Gorman, and Sara Jean Coe, his son Michael Lee Coe, his son-in-law, Tommy Lee Gorman Jr, his grandson, Tommy Lee Gorman III, his brothers, Scott Allen Coe, and Douglas LeRoy Coe, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and colleagues who will all miss him dearly.
James was born in to a sharecropping contract in Hartsville, SC on April 30, 1958. His mother pushed hard for him to be able to leave the fields to attend school. He read every book in the library and had perfect attendance. He graduated from Hartsville High.
In 1977 at 19 years old he joined the US Army. His military achievements include service in the Persian Gulf War where he earned the Kuwait Liberation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal for his role in support of Operation Desert Storm. After 20 years in 1997 he retired at Fort Huachuca and became a government contractor. In 2003 he joined US Customs and Border Protection where he served as a Field Technology Officer for the last 18 years. The last 3 years he was stationed at SoCal East Imperial in El Centro, CA.
He was a football fan and animal lover, he loved to garden and fish, he loved his family, career, church, and he loved the Lord. He overcame many hardships and obstacles but was always kind to everyone. He will be most remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor.
Funeral services for James will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Sierra Vista First Church in God and Christ, 100 West Nelson Drive, Sierra Vista. Rites of Committal and Interment with Military Honors will follow at 12:00 Noon at Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1300 Buffalo Soldier Trail, Sierra Vista.
A visiting hour will precede his service on Thursday morning from 9:00 am until the time of the service at 10:00 am.
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