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Donald Lamar Coffey

September 4, 1947September 13, 2020

Donald Lamar Coffey, 73, of Bethlehem, NC passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at his residence. He was born to Willie P. “Bill” Coffey and the late Donald Coffey in Catawba County.

Lamar was preceded in death by his father and grandson, Isaac Richmond Coffey and is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ann Guthrie Coffey of the home; sons, Scott Coffey (April) and daughter, Aleesha of Hickory and Derrick Coffey (Stacey) and daughters, Reid and Shelbi of Taylorsville and his mother, Willie P. “Bill” Coffey of Hickory, as well as “beloved” cousins, nieces and nephews.

Lamar was actively employed by Catawba County as a building inspector for 20+ years. He was dedicated to his work and strived daily to do his best for Catawba County residents, contractors, and colleagues.

As a lifelong member of Huntington Hills Church of God (Life Point Church, Hickory), his church family was precious to him and brought great joy to his life.

ARRANGEMENTS: (Masks and social distancing will be observed.) A service for Lamar will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Life Point Church in Hickory with Revs. Harvey Turner and Joseph Leonard officiating. The family will receive family and friends from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. prior to the service.

Lamar’s paternal grandfather, Richmond Coffey and his father, Donald Coffey’s home church was a blessing in his life. For this reason, the family requests memorials be made to New Hopewell Baptist Church, c/o Mrs. Irene McGuire, 5086 Edgemont Road, Collettesville, NC 28611.

Condolences may be sent to the Coffey Family at www.drumfh-hickory.com.

Drum Funeral Home of Hickory is honored to be assisting the Coffey family.


  • Donald Coffey, Father (deceased)
  • Willie P. "Bill" Coffey, Mother
  • Ann G. Coffey, Wife
  • Scott Coffey, Son
  • April Coffey, Daughter-in-law
  • Aleesha Coffey, Granddaughter
  • Derrick Coffey, Son
  • Stacey Coffey, Daughter-in-law
  • Reid Coffey, Granddaughter
  • Shelbi Coffey, Granddaughter
  • Numerous, Nieces and Nephews

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Brandy Watts

September 18, 2020

Wishing the Family the blessing of peace and the comfort of warm memories of Lamar now and in the time ahead. I've had the pleasure of working with Lamar for 13 years here at Catawba County Utilities & Engineering and he will TRULY be missed for sure. Lamar always had such a great spirit and I enjoyed conversation with him every time he came up to visit us in the Administrative Office. His smiling face and joyous personality will truly be missed, but NEVER forgotten.

With Much Love and Sympathy,
Brandy Watts

William Rogwrs

September 16, 2020

Dear Mrs. Coffey and Family,

If you are fortunate, during the course of your life you have someone come into your life that has a profound impact on you. For me, Lamar was one of those. Everyone that had the honor to know him and work with him had those Lamar stories. I had the honor of working with him for 17 years. In fact, after begining my career I almost gave it up. The testing required was overwhelming. It was Lamar who took me under his wing and got me through that years long process. I spoke with a former coworker who now lives in Alabama yesterday and he said it perfectly, " Lamar was a legend". I will forever remember him as the fine man he was. Please accept my most sincere condolences and apologies for being unable to attend his celebration of Life.

Bill Rogers

Joel Herman

September 16, 2020

Dear Ann And Family,
I was so very saddened to hear of Lamar's passing. I will always remember some of the conversations that we had while at Catawba County Inspection Dept. I can still see Lamar walking into the office and "Sticking out his Chest" before beginning one of his many stories. He was a tremendous asset to Catawba County and me as well. I borrowed his notes several times to study for an exam.
I am so sorry that I can't be at the Service today to express my feelings in person but these are the times we are in right now.
I just wanted to say that Lamar will be missed by all of us that knew him and all of you and family that loved him. Again let me express my sincere condolences and feel free to contact me if there is anything I can help you with.
Sincerely, Joel Herman


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