OBITUARY

Barry Weldon Coffey

October 20, 1942January 18, 2019
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Mr. Barry Weldon Coffey, 76, of Lenoir passed away on Friday, January 18, 2019 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir.

Mr. Coffey was born October 20, 1942 in Caldwell County to the late Willie Calvin Coffey and Macy Martin Coffey.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Harper Coffey.

Mr. and Mrs. Coffey established Metalx, Inc., in 1980. Mr. Coffey held several patents for products developed for the metal finishing industry. Being an environmentalist before it became fashionable, the products sold by Metalx for the metal finishing industry were environmentally non-toxic alternatives to the conventional acids and cyanide-based formulations that were currently being used. Approved and recommended by the EPA, they were quickly adopted by aerospace, governmental facilities, and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Barry quickly became an advisor, trouble-shooter, and valued consultant for many in the metal finishing industry. Deeply devoted to his hometown and the region, Barry chose to make his homeplace and Lenoir the base for manufacturing and world-wide distribution of his formulas.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Gayle Coffey of the home, daughter, Dr. Tonya Coffey and husband Dr. Christopher Thaxton of Boone and their children, Nick and Zoe Thaxton, a brother, Thomas L. (Tommy) Coffey and wife Patsy of Lenoir and a sister-in-law, Virginia Sue Coffey.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 7 pm in the Chapel of Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home with Dr. Christopher Thaxton officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 pm until.7:00 pm, prior to a brief service at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home.

Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com. Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Barry Weldon Coffey.

  • FAMILY

  • Gayle Watson Coffey, Wife
  • Dr. Tonya Coffey, Daughter
  • Dr. Christopher Thaxton, Son-in-law
  • Zoe Thaxton, Granddaughter
  • Nick Thaxton, Grandson
  • Thomas "Tommy" Coffey, Brother
  • Willie Calvin Coffey, Father
  • Macy Martin Coffey, Mother
  • William Harper Coffey, Brother

Services

  • Receiving of Friends Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, January 25, 2019
REMEMBERING

Barry Weldon Coffey

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Ginger Price Hames, Leonard & Jimmie Kaye Widner

January 25, 2019

Gayle,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you and help
you during the days to come. Ginger Price Hames, Leonard & Jimmie Kaye
Widner and family

Kelly Greene

January 25, 2019

Our deepest sympathy goes out to your family during this great loss. Barry was such a special man. He displayed kindness and generosity to all who knew him. He will truly be missed. May God comfort your family, as only He can during such immense sorrow.

With Love,
John, Kelly, Mattie Ann, and Levi James Greene

William Kettler

January 23, 2019

Gayle,
I was very sad to hear of Barry's passing. He was a fine man and it was a privilege having him as a friend. I enjoyed the times we sat and talked and had a beer together. I know how hard this has been on you and how you will miss him, as I went through the same thing. All my prayers are with you. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do. All of Anchorage II is going to miss him.

Bill Kettler

Miller Whisnant

January 22, 2019

Barry & I were in Chemical Engineering at NC State and he became a good friend. What a smart guy he was. We had fun one day at his house making rockets by soaking newspapers in a solution of ammonium nitrate fertilizer and then drying them in his Mom's kitchen oven ( not to be recommended ).

Gayle, Pat & I are very sorry about Barry's passing - I didn't know he was sick. I'll take solace in knowing how much he enjoyed all the years you and he had together.

Pat & Miller Whisnant

Ralph Parsons

January 20, 2019

Barry was one of my best friends in high school and my roommate in college. He was a good friend and had an amazing talent for making things work. He was master of creating havoc with chemicals. We were out of touch for many years but got to spend a little time together last fall. Gayle, your life must have been very interesting.

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Barry and Gayle May, 1968

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Biography

Mr. Barry Weldon Coffey, 76, of Lenoir passed away on Friday, January 18, 2019 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir.

Mr. Coffey was born October 20, 1942 in Caldwell County to the late Willie Calvin Coffey and Macy Martin Coffey.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Harper Coffey.

Mr. and Mrs. Coffey established Metalx, Inc., in 1980. Mr. Coffey held several patents for products developed for the metal finishing industry. Being an environmentalist before it became fashionable, the products sold by Metalx for the metal finishing industry were environmentally non-toxic alternatives to the conventional acids and cyanide-based formulations that were currently being used. Approved and recommended by the EPA, they were quickly adopted by aerospace, governmental facilities, and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Barry quickly became an advisor, trouble-shooter, and valued consultant for many in the metal finishing industry. Deeply devoted to his hometown and the region, Barry chose to make his homeplace and Lenoir the base for manufacturing and world-wide distribution of his formulas.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Gayle Coffey of the home, daughter, Dr. Tonya Coffey and husband Dr. Christopher Thaxton of Boone and their children, Nick and Zoe Thaxton, a brother, Thomas L. (Tommy) Coffey and wife Patsy of Lenoir and a sister-in-law, Virginia Sue Coffey.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 7 pm in the Chapel of Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home with Dr. Christopher Thaxton officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 pm until.7:00 pm, prior to a brief service at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home.

Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Barry Weldon Coffey.