OBITUARY

Richard Leroy Coughenour

May 23, 1940August 2, 2018
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Life on Brightwood Avenue will never be the same. Richard “Pop” Coughenour, a long time resident of Hampton, died unexpectedly on August 2, 2018 at the age of 78.

Richard is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sara; his children: Rick Coughenour of Yorktown (Lisa), Sue Martinez of Hampton (Mike) and Anita Coughenour of Hampton; six grandchildren, Sara Morgan (Andy), Justin Martinez, Brandon Mumford, Blakely Coughenour, Logan Coughenour and Mandi Mumford; and one great-grandson, Clay Morgan. He is also survived by much loved family in Pennsylvania, including his brother, Gerald Coughenour; his sister, Evelyn Thompson; his sister-in-law, Jane Boring; and numerous nieces and nephews. His constant companion, Cassie, will miss his familiar spot on Richard’s shoulder.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Verda Coughenour; his brothers, Robert, Bud and Bill Coughenour; his sisters, Florence McLaughlin, Blanche Richey and Betty Yoder; his mother and father-in-law, Marian and Carl Blough; and brothers-in-law, Sam Boring, Harry McLaughlin, and Glenn Thompson; and sister-in-law, Louise Coughenour.

Richard worked for Amory’s Seafood for over 55 years, kicking ass and taking names. Outside of work, Richard loved to spend Friday nights cheering on his Hampton Crabbers. Each weekend, he enjoyed taking Clay on “vroom vroom” rides on the golf cart. Co-workers and friends alike enjoyed the fruits and vegetables that he grew in his many gardens. Richard always had a mischievous grin on his face, constantly plotting his next joke, but would never hesitate to help out a friend or neighbor. Each November, he carefully planned and decorated his yard with Christmas decorations, lighting up the neighborhood – some say the lights could be seen from the end of the street, while others are certain that the lights could be seen from space. Richard’s favorite escape was Walt Disney World; he could ride “It’s A Small Word” all day, and he loved to spend his time with Mickey and Minnie.

The family will receive friends at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home on Monday, August 6, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, August 7 at Hampton Baptist Church, with a graveside service to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Hampton Baptist Church Building Fund, 40 Kings Way, Hampton, Virginia 23669, or Youth Challenge of Hampton Roads, 332 34th Street, Newport News, Virginia 23607.

  • FAMILY

  • Sara Coughenour, Wife
  • Rick Coughenour and wife, Lisa, Son
  • Sue Martinez and husband, Mike, Daughter
  • Anita Coughenour, Daughter
  • Sara Morgan and husband, Andy, Grandchild
  • Justin Martinez, Grandchild
  • Brandon Mumford, Grandchild
  • Blakely Coughenour, Grandchild
  • Logan Coughenour, Grandchild
  • Mandi Mumford, Grandchild
  • Clay Morgan, Great Grandchild
  • Gerald Coughenour, Brother
  • Evelyn Thompson, Sister
  • Jane Boring, Sister-in-law
  • Numerous Nieces and Nephews, *
  • Archie Coughenour, Father
  • Verda Mae Fleming Coughenour, Mother
  • Robert Coughenour, Brother
  • Bud Coughenour, Brother
  • Bill Coughenour, Brother
  • Florence McLaughlin, Sister
  • Blanche Richey, Sister
  • Betty Yoder, Sister
  • Marian Blough, Mother-in-law
  • Carl Blough, Father-in-law
  • Sam Boring, Brother-in-law
  • Harry McLaughlin, Brother-in-law
  • Glenn Thompson, Brother-in-law
  • Louise Coughenour, Sister-in-law
  • DONATIONS

  • Hampton Baptist Church Building Fund
  • /or Youth Challenge of Hampton Roads

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 6, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Tuesday, August 7, 2018
REMEMBERING

Richard Leroy Coughenour

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Lori Withee

December 12, 2018

Dick and his family were amazing neighbors to us when I was a little girl on Brightwood Avenue. We deeply missed them when we moved to Pennsylvania, and we remember Dick as one of the most generous people our family had ever encountered. His entire family was such a blessing to us....sharing meals with us, helping us with things around our home, giving us their time and much laughter....and we were so sorry to hear of his passing, but thankful that we knew him. God bless you all. Lori (Evans) Withee

Mike Bradshaw

August 12, 2018

Although I had not seen "The Kook" in decades, I've never forgotten him. Richard worked with my dad, John Bradshaw, at Amory's. The three of us would take a boat out of Hampton Creek and go fishing. We did that many times. Richard was always attentive to our needs...and many times the need was a good joke! He had some good ones. I used to hang out at Amory's with Richard, Charles & Rick Amory, Pappy Shields, Dick Slater, and of course my dad, among others. Richard, or "The Kook" as we called him, would always look out for me. The last time I saw him, I was an archaeologist digging at the future Space Museum site, across from Amory's. I'd walk over and take Charles and Richard some giant oyster shells we dug up. I always liked and respected Richard. He taught me a lot. This brought back many fond memories of my dad, The Kook, and me, in a small boat way out in Hampton Roads. God bless you Richard. Rest in peace.

Michelle Furr

August 6, 2018

So sorry that you left us too soon Uncle Dick. You were my Great-Uncle and I will miss you tremendously! Mom was just telling me how we would be joining you and the rest of the Coughenour's for the family reunion in Pennsylvania next year. I haven't been there since I was a kid when I use to go with my Grandpa.
Thank you for making my childhood so wonderful. I have always talked about the fishing trips you took me and my Grandpa (brother Bud for those of you who do not know who I am) on and how we caught 83 fish one Saturday morning over the Norfolk Tunnel. I even caught a 10pd flounder that day!
All the stuffed animals you won for me at Busch Gardens were the greatest and I even remember you teaching me how to throw the rings on the top of the big water bottles.
I always loved the wood clocks you made too!
Thank you for always keeping Grandma and Mom stocked with oysters and fresh vegetables out of your garden.
Rest in Peace Uncle Dick.
Until we meet again.
Your Great-Niece,
Michelle

Tracy McBride Hudson

August 5, 2018

The world has lost such a good man. Mr. Coughenour was always kind, funny, hard working and the ultimate family man. My childhood was full of so much fun and laughter thanks to Mr. C (and Mrs. C too). They put up with Nita and me and all of our antics (our shows on the staircase and in the den, money for trips to Highs ice cream, Busch Gardens and all those giant stuffed animals he won are just a few of my happy memories with the family).

In the last few years we have all enjoyed his beautiful Christmas display that he faithfully put out. I will miss honking and waving at him as I passed him either working in the yard or driving his golf cart around. Please accept my deepest condolences-Mr. C was a rare breed and I am so blessed to have known him ♥️

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Biography

Life on Brightwood Avenue will never be the same. Richard “Pop” Coughenour, a long time resident of Hampton, died unexpectedly on August 2, 2018 at the age of 78.

Richard is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sara; his children: Rick Coughenour of Yorktown (Lisa), Sue Martinez of Hampton (Mike) and Anita Coughenour of Hampton; six grandchildren, Sara Morgan (Andy), Justin Martinez, Brandon Mumford, Blakely Coughenour, Logan Coughenour and Mandi Mumford; and one great-grandson, Clay Morgan. He is also survived by much loved family in Pennsylvania, including his brother, Gerald Coughenour; his sister, Evelyn Thompson; his sister-in-law, Jane Boring; and numerous nieces and nephews. His constant companion, Cassie, will miss his familiar spot on Richard’s shoulder.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Verda Coughenour; his brothers, Robert, Bud and Bill Coughenour; his sisters, Florence McLaughlin, Blanche Richey and Betty Yoder; his mother and father-in-law, Marian and Carl Blough; and brothers-in-law, Sam Boring, Harry McLaughlin, and Glenn Thompson; and sister-in-law, Louise Coughenour.

Richard worked for Amory’s Seafood for over 55 years, kicking ass and taking names. Outside of work, Richard loved to spend Friday nights cheering on his Hampton Crabbers. Each weekend, he enjoyed taking Clay on “vroom vroom” rides on the golf cart. Co-workers and friends alike enjoyed the fruits and vegetables that he grew in his many gardens. Richard always had a mischievous grin on his face, constantly plotting his next joke, but would never hesitate to help out a friend or neighbor. Each November, he carefully planned and decorated his yard with Christmas decorations, lighting up the neighborhood – some say the lights could be seen from the end of the street, while others are certain that the lights could be seen from space. Richard’s favorite escape was Walt Disney World; he could ride “It’s A Small Word” all day, and he loved to spend his time with Mickey and Minnie.

The family will receive friends at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home on Monday, August 6, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, August 7 at Hampton Baptist Church, with a graveside service to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Hampton Baptist Church Building Fund, 40 Kings Way, Hampton, Virginia 23669, or Youth Challenge of Hampton Roads, 332 34th Street, Newport News, Virginia 23607.