May 23, 2018

Mr. James Howard Coker

Mr. James Howard Coker, age 85 of Franklin, Georgia passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

Funeral services for Mr. Coker will be conducted on April 27, 2012, at 2:00 P.M. from the Welcome United Methodist Church in Roopville, Georgia with the Reverend Marlin Miller, Mark Williams and Ron Sigers officiating.

He will lie in state thirty minutes prior to service time. The interment will follow in Carroll Memory Gardens in Carrollton, Georgia. The family will receive guests at the Tom Stutts and Son Funeral Home Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 6-8 P.M.

Mr. Coker was born in Cass Station, Georgia on August 8, 2012, the son of the late Estelle Adams Coker and Neil Coker.

During WWII Mr. Coker served his country honorably in the United States Army. During his time of service he fought in the first wave on D-Day in the Normandy Invasion of Omaha Beach, in the Battle of the Bulge, and helped to liberate Dachau Prisoner of War Camp.

For his gallantry he received the EAME Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars; Good Conduct Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was a member of the Welcome United Methodist Church. For many years he worked in the textile industry, and in his later years he became the owner of the Coker Poultry Production Center.

He was a wonderful husband to his beloved wife, Myrtle Barrett Coker, who preceded him in death, and a loving father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by two sons, Victor Coker (Sheila), and Rickey Coker (Nida) all of Franklin, GA.; five sisters, Martha Love of Columbus, GA., Mary Nell Riley of Phoenix City, AL., Mildred Goff of Tifton, GA., Betty Hayes of Tifton, GA, and Sue Harnage also of Tifton, GA.; grandchildren Greg, Lisa, Corey and Paula Coker; five great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

The Tom Stutts and Son Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

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