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EDMONTON – James Howard Coffey, 89, passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at his home. Born September 2, 1931, he was the son of the late William Henry and China Mae Smith Coffey.

Mr. Coffey graduated from Edmonton High School and after graduation served in the United States Army achieving the rank of Corporal. After serving his country, he returned to Metcalfe County and married Peggy Jean Shirley, July 24, 1954. They owned and operated the family farm and here raised their three children. She preceded him in death on December 20, 2017.

Howard had a passion for farming and was widely known for his knowledge of farming and many patterned after him. It was common knowledge that when Howard cut hay everyone would follow. Howard worked on the farm until his health no longer allowed.

Howard was a longtime member of the Edmonton Baptist Church and served as a deacon for many years. He served on many committees and was a knowledgeable resource for building and improvement projects.

Howard is survived by his three children, Tamara (Danny) Poore of Edmonton, Tony (Karen) Coffey of Prospect, Kentucky, and Russ Coffey of Lexington. Other survivors include a sister, Dorothy Parks of Owensboro, and sister in law, Barbara Coffey of Louisville; six grandchildren, Nina (Mike) Kleven of Medford, NJ., Tara Williams of Edmonton, Diana (Chas) Hayes of Nashville, Katrina (Matt) Howard, Westfield, Indiana, Megan (Tyler) Gooch, Orange County, California, and Jenna Coffey of Louisville; eight great-grandchildren, Alyssa Williams (Howard’s card buddy) Charlie and Owen Kleven, Connor and Mason Hayes, Ainsley and Hadley Howard, and Everett Gooch.

Besides his parents and wife, Mr. Coffey was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Rick Williams; a brother, Robert L. Coffey; and a brother-in-law, Charles Parks.

Funeral services for James Howard Coffey will be held at 1:00 PM, Monday, December 28, 2020, at Butler Funeral Home in Edmonton with burial to follow in the Missionary Mound Cemetery. A walk-through visitation will be held after 10:00 AM Monday until service time. All those who attend the visitation or service will be required to wear a mask or face covering to protect those in attendance. Please practice social distancing. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Edmonton Baptist Church.

Butler Funeral Home is both honored and privileged to be entrusted to the care of Mr. Coffey. Please share your messages of condolence with the family at

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