Melvin Ferris Coe

Melvin Ferris Coe passed away Saturday, May 5, 2018 at his home in Talala, OK.

Melvin, 89, would like to let you know that his work here on earth is done. Daddy received his call, an offer he couldn’t refuse, for an appointment from which he will not be returning. This assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with family and friends he has not seen in a long time where job security is exactly 110 percent. His new mission takes him to a wonderful place where Daddy will be socializing with family and friends, dancing in praise to our Lord and Savior, gardening or doing whatever job the Lord has in mind for this hard working farmer, and loving the Lord to his heart’s content. Music, laughter and love are guaranteed. Food is delicious without gaining an ounce.

Daddy lived a life for Jesus and left detailed instructions for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to celebrate his mission here on earth, which has now been completed. Low adherence to this instruction will not be tolerated. Come prepared to celebrate a life well lived.

Daddy was born in Breckinridge, Texas to Archibald Coe and Velma Cox Coe, on December 11, 1928. His parents moved to Talala, Oklahoma when he was eight years old where he has lived for the last eighty-one years on Talala creek. Daddy graduated from the Talala School. He then joined the army where he served as a Sergeant in Korea. He was also an honored and decorated veteran of the Korean Conflict. Daddy was a member of the Talala American Legion. He was also a member of the Cowboy Country Fellowship Church and an expert horseman, a rodeo star, a dairyman, and a farmer. Daddy retired from Rogers County after several years of service as a heavy equipment operator. He married Sylvia Space of Chelsea, Oklahoma on June 6, 1954 from which came 6 children. Later in life, he married Francis Lloyd of Talala.

Melvin was preceded in death by his second wife, Francis, his sister, Joann Harper, his mother and father, Velma and Archibald Coe, along with his nephew, Marcus Keith Coe, and nieces, Debbie and Harriet Sweger.

He leaves behind his brother, Tom Coe of Langley and his sister, Barbara Jean Hicks, of Phoenix, Arizona. He also leaves behind his children Mike and Diana Coe of Talala, Cletis and Diana Coe of Talala, Velena and Jimmy Whisneant of Silsbee, Texas, Kevin and Glenda Coe of Vera, Phillis and Greg Cruzan of Miami, and Twyla and Edie Sharpe of Chelsea. He leaves behind fourteen grandchildren, forty greatgrandchildren, and one great- great-grandchild. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and numerous friends. Daddy was deeply loved and respected by all.

Vistation will be 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home. The family will be present between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Memorial services will be held at Cowboy Country Fellowship Church north of Talala off of highway 169 at 2:00 p.m, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Talala, Oklahoma.

Services are under the direction of Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home.

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