Virgil A. "Dr. Art." Coffman

December 20, 1937May 8, 2018
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Dr. Virgil A. Coffman, Jr. (Dr. Art) was called home to be with the Lord on May 8, 2018. He was born and raised in Independence, Missouri at his grandma’s house December 20, 1937. He was a proud Army veteran. He attended Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, MO (CCCKC) and graduated in 1975, when he opened his first chiropractic office in Kansas City. His oldest son, Kevin, joined him in practice in 1984. He and his family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1992, where he was later joined by his son, Joe and daughter, Nicole, and their spouses in practice until all of the children eventually opened their own practices. His wish was always to practice until it was his time to move on to his heavenly home and he got his wish. He took care of patients in his office on Monday and he passed away on Tuesday morning. Dr. Art had many professional accomplishments. He served on the board (including holding the office of president of the board) and taught classes at CCCKC, past president of the Life Foundation Board, taught post-graduate seminars, member of and Tennessee Representative of the International Chiropractor’s Association (ICA), received the inaugural presentation of the Herman Ballard Award, was on the cover of “Today’s Chiropractic” magazine, owner/operator of chiropractic offices in Kansas City, Mo and Chattanooga, TN, and speaker at his children’s (Joe and Nicole) graduation from Life University. Dr. Art wore many hats. He was the patriarch of his immediate and extended family, a chiropractor of 43 years, held many leadership roles in his church, including officiating many wedding and funerals, and a loving friend. Beginning in high school choir, he had a lifetime love of singing, including the honor of performing at many weddings and funerals. His greatest passion was serving his fellow man through chiropractic. Thank you to all of his patients that allowed him to live this dream of service. We also want to thank all fellow chiropractors who lent an ear and desired to learn from him. In addition to healing, he absolutely loved teaching. He leaves behind to remember him his wife of 47 years Judith K. (Sims) Coffman and his children; Kim Campbell, Kevin Coffman, Joe Coffman (Lisa), and Nicole Cole (Dan), Art will also be fondly remembered by his grandchildren; Chelsea (Chris), Nehemiah, Samantha, Benjamin, Isaiah, Olivia, and Sydney and great-grandchild; Paisley. And by his siblings; Sondra Green, Alice Manbeck, Jerry Coffman, and Gracie Dahl. He will also be remembered by countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family and dear friends. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 12 to 4 pm at Chattanooga Funeral Home North Chapel, Hixson; with a service immediately following. All are welcome to participate in this celebration of his life.


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Virgil A. "Dr. Art." Coffman

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Bill Kirk

May 25, 2018

It was so sad to hear the passing of Dr. Art. My heart goes out to the whole family. I was very fortunate to work under him as an associate Doc as my first job out of Life Chiropractic in 2001. It was an amazing experience to work with Dr. Art. He was always kind , always encouraging and cared mostly about helping his patients get well. He was a great mentor for me, teaching me things I never would have learned in school. He always trusted his innate to guide him and his presence was immense. I will truly miss him. What a great man.
Bill Kirk,DC

Mildred Chandler

May 15, 2018

I will fondly remember our many long conversations at the office. Dr. Art was always ready to share a story, suggestions for some of my families’ struggles or just listen to me vent. He will be missed.

Judy Schenker

May 12, 2018

So many memories and so very hard to select just one. Hugs to the family and know that thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Thomas & Libby Widgeon

May 10, 2018

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Lynn and Rusty Cross

May 10, 2018

We are so very sad to hear about the passing of Dr. Art! He was truly a wonderful man and amazing Chiropractor. He always had a smile on his face, a hug in his heart ❤️, and wanted to help everyone he met! He was truly an inspiration to us and such a great mentor. Many prayers for Judy, Nicole and your whole family.