OBITUARY

Richard E Coffee Jr.

September 21, 1921June 21, 2013

Mr. Richard Easter Coffee, Jr., age 91, of Birmingham died on Friday, June 21, at his home in Birmingham. He was preceded in death by his son John Peyton "Josh" Coffee, father Richard E. Coffee, mother Mary Sue Graves Coffee, sisters Louise Coffee Morris and Helen Coffee Jones, and daughter-in-law Jeanie Alexander Coffee. Survivors include his wife of almost 60 years, Nora Virginia Strength Coffee, son Richard Easter "Dick" Coffee, III of Birmingham, Daughter Linda Coffee Ramsey of Martin, TN., grandsons Brett Ramsey (Jessica) and Matt Ramsey of Nashville, great granddaughter Eliana Ramsey of Nashville, brothers-in-law John Strength (Ann) of Newnan, GA, Vernon Strength (Danna) of Ft. Worth, TX, and Leonard "Bud" Strength of Marianna, FL., a number of nieces and nephews, and countless friends.

Dick Coffee was born in his beloved hometown of Decatur, AL, on September 21. 1921. He served his country in World War II as a member of the 10th Armored Division of Patton's 3rd Army, earning a Purple Heart following an injury just days before the Battle of the Bulge. Following the war, he enrolled at the University of Alabama, graduating in 1950 with a degree in Advertising from the "Commerce" School. At the university, he was an active member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. After college, Coffee founded Dick Coffee Enterprises. He published a number of magazines, including Birmingham Doin's and Tuscaloosa Doin's along with similar visitor's guides for Huntsville, Montgomery, Decatur, Savannah, Memphis, and Brunswick & the Golden Isles. In addition, he began to print his annual football and basketball guides.

A life-long Methodist and a long-time member of Canterbury United Methodist Church, Coffee served on the Administrative Board for several terms and was an active member of the John Wesley Class. He was involved in many organizations affiliated with the University of Alabama, including the National Alumni Association, The Jefferson County Alumni Chapter (long-time executive committee member), the Commerce Executives Society, the Red Elephant Club, the Bama Tipoff Club, and the 1st & Ten Club. He was recently named as the University's Alumnus of the Year, and was an honororary member of the A-Club for lettermen in athletics. Coffee attended every Alabama football game from November 30, 1946 through January 8, 2013, a total of 781 consecutive games. In 2010, he was named College Football's #1 Superfan by ESPN. The New York Times acknowleged that he was the creator of the "Charge" cheer which has been heard at athletic events throughout the country for many years.

Coffee was an active member of the Birmingham Rose Society. He and his wife Nora had as many as 375 rose bushes in their garden, and he earned the designation as a Consulting Rosarian for the Deep South District of the American Rose Society.

He loved the city of Birmingham and its people. Coffee was a long-time member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, having served on its board and actively participated in the organization's annual fundraising efforts for children's charities. He was a member of the Birmingham Tipoff Club as well.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 25 from 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Canterbury United Methodist Church with a memorial service to follow at 11:00 A.M. The family asks that memorials be directed to the "Alumni Fund" for the Coffee Family Scholarship at the University of Alabama, the Crippled Children's Foundation for the Quarterback Club's fundraising campaign for children's charities, or Canterbury United Methodist Church.

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, June 25, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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Richard E Coffee Jr.

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July 3, 2013

Hi, Nora,
One of my childhood memories of my Uncle Dick was the one dollar rivalry bets that he and my mother, Murl, would place on all of the Alabama/Georgia games. Being from Georgia, she always enjoyed that. Once he laughed and told me that, when he died, it would NOT be during football season!
Love,
Beth

Judy Owen

June 26, 2013

So sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was the one guy I remembered from the annual 10th Armored Reunions. His sense of humor was great. I enjoyed talking with him at the last reunion in Louisville. (Also, loved the story of being pulled over on a trip through Wabash Indiana.)

Judy Owen (Robert Watson's daughter)

Glenyss Naro

June 26, 2013

My sympathy to Mr. Coffee's family. What a wonderful person to have known and to have him as an Alumnus of The University of Alabama is such an honor to The U of A family. I was so privileged to serve on the National Alumni Executive Committee with his son, Dick Coffee,III. I know he will be missed but hope you all gain much strength in this difficult time with all the wonderful memories. God bless and keep you.

June 25, 2013

Ms Nora
We at Auto & Truck Services are so sad hearing that Dick passed away.We always enjoyed seeing him.
He was always so pleasant,even when we knew he wasn't feeling well.
We are thinking of you & your family!
Norman,Grace,Donnie,Justin & all of all group.

Jan Bailey

June 25, 2013

Will miss Mr. Coffee's visits to our office so much. Always a bright spot in our day. Deepest sympathy. I know you look forward already to the day you see him again!

Claudia Williams

June 25, 2013

I am praying for the family.

June 25, 2013

Dick: Am so sorry about your dad. He was an icon!

Beverly LeBoeuf

Deanna Williams

June 24, 2013

Nora,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. We know he is enjoying all the perfect roses in heaven among other great and wonderful things.

June 24, 2013

I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Brad O'Rear

June 24, 2013

My prayers are with you and your family