Whitten Monelison Chapel

3966 South Amherst Highway, Madison Heights, VA


Christopher Steven Coley

December 20, 1971February 10, 2020
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Christopher Steven Coley, age 48 of Amherst, husband of Leanne R. Wood, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020.

Chris was born on December 20, 1971 in Lynchburg, son of Steve A. Coley and Brenda C. Davis. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Herbert and Katherine Crickenberger and his paternal grandparents, James and Janice Coley.

Chris had many of life’s ups and downs. He loved to hunt with his father and brother. He worked at several jobs during his lifetime including welding, art, carpentry and as a mechanic. He had been a long time employee for his father at Steve Coley’s Auto.

In addition to his wife Leanne and his parents, he is survived by 3 children, Cheyenne Coley, Jacob Coley, and Jordan Coley; step mother, Barbara Pryor (mom); a brother, Derrick Coley and wife Kristina; 2 sisters, Valarie Martin and husband Tom and Tabitha Schneider and husband Charles. He is also survived by 2 grandchildren, Ryleigh and Ashton; 1 stepdaughter, Savannah, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank all the friends and customers for their support over the years.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 pm Friday, February 14, 2020 at Whitten Monelison Chapel.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Mt. Pleasant UMC Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be directed to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 199 Water St 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038 or the Amherst Humane Society, 318 Shelter Ln, Amherst, VA 24521.


  • Steve A. Coley (Barbara Pryor), Father
  • Brenda C. Davis, Mother
  • Leanne R. Wood, Wife
  • Cheyenne Coley, Daughter
  • Jacob Coley, Son
  • Jordan Coley, Daughter
  • Derrick Coley (Kristina), Brother
  • Valarie Martin (Tom), Sister
  • Tabitha Schneider (Charles), Sister
  • Herbert Crickenberger, Maternal Grandfather (deceased)
  • Katherine Crickenberger, Maternal Grandmother (deceased)
  • James Coley, Paternal Grandfather (deceased)
  • Janice Coley, Paternal Grandmother (deceased)
  • He is also survived by his 2 grandchildren, Ryleigh and Ashton; a stepdaughter, Savannah as well as several nieces and nephews

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Amherst Humane Society


29 February

Graveside Service

11:00 am

Mt. Pleasant UMC Cemetery

650 Thrashers Creek Road
Amherst, Virginia 24521


  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020


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Kevin Irvin

February 17, 2020

Very sorry to hear about Chris. He was such a nice young man and so honest and helpful. We are thinking about his family and praying for God's grace on you all.

Jim and Julie Phillips

February 15, 2020

Steve and Barbara and family, Julie and I are so sad to hear about Chris's passing. We know how close all your family is to each other, and how hard this is for all. Peace and Grace to you all. Cousin Jim


February 14, 2020

So sorry for your loss i myself and EthelHayslette Johnson will miss seeing and talking with him he was a fine fellow the last time i talked with him he was excited about making some furniture and wood projects he will be missed RIP


February 14, 2020

So sorry for your loss I myself and Mrs Ethel Hayslett Johnson will miss seeing and talking with him he was so excitied about making some furnitue and wood projects the last i saw him a real fine fellow i had the privelege yo know RIP

Lee and Betty Sue Bryant

February 14, 2020

Steve and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time. May the love you shared and your memories bring comfort to you today and the days ahead.

Lee and Betty Sue Bryant

Anthony Tyree

February 13, 2020

Condolences to all of the Coley family. May you find peace and comfort at this sad time. Prayers

Norman and Teresa Tucker

February 13, 2020

Steve and Family,
We were so saddened when we heard the news about Chris. He was such a nice person and very helpful to us at the shop. Always greeted us with kind words and his great smile. Sending prayers and our deepest sympathy .
Norman & Teresa Tucker

becky stewart

February 13, 2020

Steve and all the family, I am so sorry to read this sad news. My sincere sympathy. You were wonderful friends to Hoyt and I when we were in Amherst. My God bless you and comfort you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Rebecca (Becky) Stewart

Allen Sprinkle

February 13, 2020

Although I did not know Chris socially, I did interact with him on a number of occasions at Steve's Auto Repair Shop. Chris was always genuinely friendly and never exhibited anything other than caring professional attention to all customers, including me.
Chris Coley was a gentle soul.
I am so sorry that he has passed away.
I extend my condolences to all of Chris's friends and family members, particularly to his father, Steve.
May each of you find some peace within your fond memories of him.
Allen Sprinkle

John Shimp

February 13, 2020

Sending thoughts and prayers to all the family as you cope with this tragic loss. May God be your comfort and your peace in the very sad days ahead.