Jackson "Jack" Cleveland Coker

December 26, 1933June 4, 2014

Jackson Coker, age 80, of Birmingham, AL died surrounded by family at home on June 4, 2014.

Mr. Coker was born December 26, 1933, in Ft. Deposit, AL. He was preceded in death by his mother, Francis Coker and his grandson, Jay Wesley Hoggard.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bernie Thompson Coker, and his children Jeannie (Mike) Cagle of Nashville, TN, Judy (Phil) Hoggard of Searcy, AR, and Jan (Bryan) Pruitt of Birmingham, AL, a sister, Joe Ann (William) Norris, of Montgomery, AL, 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by another daughter who joined the family as a teenager, Brenda Lowe (Craig) Hunter of Atlanta, GA.

Mr. Coker attended the University of Alabama and graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in business management. He established the healthcare consulting firms Jackson and Coker and The Coker Group.

Mr. Coker had many interests including clocks, coins, antique automobiles, watches and knives. He enjoyed traveling and Alabama football. His wife says his proudest accomplishment was being a “girl daddy.”

He was an active member of the Homewood Church of Christ. In previous years, he had served as an elder in 3 different congregations. He was president of Georgia Agape, a child placement and foster care organization. He and his wife were also foster parents. He had a passion for foreign missions and he traveled to Venezuela, Mexico, Guatemala, Ukraine and Siberia on various mission trips.

The family wishes to thank Senior Caring Service and especially Hattie, Kim, Victoria, Yolanda and Charity for the special care given to Mr. Coker in his last days.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to Georgia Agape - 3094 Mercer University Drive, Suite 200, Atlanta, Georgia 3034

or Rainbow Omega - 100 Hope Dr, Eastaboga, AL 36260

Arrangements under the direction of Ridout's Valley Chapel, Homewood, AL.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, June 8, 2014

Jackson "Jack" Cleveland Coker

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August 16, 2014


July 14, 2014

Our deepest sympathy to all the family. We met you at Chestnut Dr. and Bob has fond memories of "door knocking" with Jack. You folks came to Buford and worshipped with us in the we have over 600 on Sunday Morning. God Bless. Bob/Carol Elliott

Mary Copeland

June 11, 2014

Sally and I are thinking of you all. We have such fond memories of Ms Bernie and Jack and girls from the beginning at East Point through our years at GACS. Mother and Daddy cherished their friendship with you. Our deepest sympathies to all the family.

The Blackstock Family

June 10, 2014

May God continue to wrap His loving arms around this family in their time of grieving. Jack was such a delight to talk to on Sunday mornings! No tears, no pain, no suffering in Heaven. We miss him now but "When we all get together..."!

June 9, 2014

I am so happy I got to meet Jack. His words were encouraging to me. It was as if he had known me a long time. You are so Blessed to have such a Spirit in your midst.

Leona Coker Rutherford

June 8, 2014

Our hearts are filled with depth of love, appreciation and admiratiion for Jack, and with depth of love, appreciation and admiration for you, Bernie and for Each in your dear Family.
"the sisters" Leona Coker Rutherford, Jeannette Coker, Carolyn Coker Hughes

Jeffrey Davis

June 8, 2014

What an honor it was to have known Jack and received his counsel as a young man. He epitomized so many of the Christ-like traits-love, compassion, kindness, generosity, service-that we all would like to aim for but rarely obtain. My life was blessed for having known Jack & Bernie along with their daughter Jan and I will be forever grateful to the Lord for that privilege. His legacy endures in his family and all the others that were impacted by his life.

Robert Scott

June 7, 2014

We have such fond memories of Bernie & Jack. Blessings to the family from Robert and Kay Scott

Larry Richards

June 7, 2014

Bernie and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you all.
Janice & Larry Richards

Linda Giddens

June 7, 2014

Bernie, Our hearts are saddened with the loss of your sweet Jack, but also glad that he is where he has yearned to go all his life. He was a giant of a man, so beloved by all who ever knew him.You two were quite a team! He leaves a legacy of faith with you, the girls and all the grand and great grandchildren. We were blessed to have known him. We love you dearly!! Linda and Steve