John Henry “J.H.” Coe, 83, heard the voice of God call him home Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 6:20 pm in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family. J.H. was born March 28, 1938, in Covington, Tennessee (Tipton County), to loving parents James and Bessie C. (Hall) Coe. He was the third oldest of 10 children, including four brothers, Willie Coe (deceased), Al Joseph “Bubba” Coe (deceased), William Taylor (deceased), Jimmy Mac Coe (deceased), and a sister Freddie (Coe) Morris (deceased). At an early age, J.H. attended and was baptized at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Covington, TN. In Covington, he attended Frazier School Dist. until he began working in the fields with his older brothers to take care of his siblings after their father’s passing.
J.H. moved to Danville, IL. In the mid-’50s, he met the love of his life, Sandra Johnson. He and Sandra were united in Holy Matrimony on June 29, 1962, in Danville, IL. J.H. was a member of Mt. Zion M.B. Church (Word of Life Love Ministries) over the last 60+ years until his health began to decline. He was an original member and a lead singer of the legendary Mt. Zion Male Chorus, a trustee, leader/mentor of the Fishers of Men men’s group, and a door greeter. If nothing else, he believed in praying and paying tithes and instilled its importance in all his children and grandchildren. J.H. was a retiree of General Motors after over 30 years of service.
J.H. played baseball for Kin& Friends baseball team and was a die-hard fan of the NY Yankees and Chicago Cubs; and enjoyed watching football, the Washington Redskins. He cherished, protected, and took care of his family, loved quartet music, Sam Cooke and The Soul Stirrers, The Dixie Hummingbirds, and The Mighty Clouds of Joy were a few of his all-time favorites; he enjoyed fishing, hunting, horseshoes, shooting pool, and watching westerns. J.H. always had to be the “hat” when playing Monopoly with his family. He had an unmatched sense of humor, cracking jokes from the time you entered his presence until the time you left. He had sayings and many stories that we will cherish for a lifetime. To God be the Glory for all He has done through the life and legacy of J.H. Coe…Well done…See you in the morning…
He leaves to hold on to these memories: his wife, Sandra Coe, a daughter Debara K. (Andrew) Towns (Danville, IL.), (3) sons, Mark A. Coe (Champaign, IL.), Bryan K. (Annie) Coe (Jackson, TN.), and Kevin S. (Untrea) Coe (Danville, IL.). 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, sisters Ann Marie Smith, Jean H. Coe, and Beatrice C. Cunningham (all of Danville, IL.), a brother George Coe (Covington, TN.), Sisters-in-law: Dollie (Leroy) Anderson (Champaign, IL.), Clemouth (Larry) Thomas, and Ellen Johnson (both of Georgetown, IL.) and a brother-in-law, Wayne (Kim) Johnson (Danville, IL.), a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, (1) sister, and (4) brothers.
Services will commence at 12noon, Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at New Life Church of Faith 1419 North Bowman Ave., Danville. Visitation will begin at 11am until the start of the service. Officiating Apostle Charles A. Hargrove. Interment Spring Hill Cemetery. Leek & Sons Funeral Home-Danville, in charge of arrangements.
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