Brown-Wynne Funeral Home & Crematory

300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC


Charles Koestlin Coe

May 28, 1943February 5, 2020

Charles K. Coe, 76, passed on to his eternal reward on February 5th, 2020. He was born in Detroit, Michigan the son of Charles L. and Virginia Coe. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, and daughter. He is survived by his wife Marty, son Lincoln, sister Cathy, and six nephews.

Charlie was a professor of Public Administration at NC State University for 28 years. Prior to that he worked as a consultant for School of Government at the University of Georgia in Athens and as the Budget Director for the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan. His favorite part of his working career was researching financial problems in local government. He also enjoyed writing books, articles, and papers about his research results.

In their spare time Charlie and Marty worked with Marriage Encounter and Retrouvaille, which are enrichment programs for marriages. They wrote a book titled “Love is a Decision” to help couples improve their marriages. Another avenue of volunteering was HEC (Handicapped Encounter with Christ) which is a program that pairs disabled and able-bodied people for social and spiritual events.

A visitation will be held Monday, February 10th from 6 to 8PM at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary’s St., Raleigh. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Tuesday, February 11th at 10AM at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, 715 Nazareth St., Raleigh.

Donations in Charlie’s memory can be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne, 300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh.


  • Visitation Monday, February 10, 2020
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, February 11, 2020


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Lloyd Schmeidler

February 13, 2020

I am saddened to learn of Charlie's death. I enjoyed my classes with him in the MPA program. He always made budget and financial management issues come alive with a well-timed story. May he rest in God's peace!

Erin LeGrand

February 13, 2020

I will be praying for God's peace and comfort to surround Dr. Coe's family and friends during this time of loss.

I am grateful for the opportunity that I had to learn from Dr. Coe during my time in NCSU's MPA program. To this day, Dr. Coe remains one of my favorite professors - he was wonderful at incorporating life lessons into the subject of budgeting.

I am very sorry for your loss.

With Sympathy,
Erin LeGrand

Connie Bragg

February 12, 2020

Sending words of condolences for the family and friends of Dr. Coe. Dr. Coe was a favorite of mine at NCSU's MPA program (my first professor in the program). He taught me life skills along with practical application of budgetary procedures I've used throughout my career. It's magical to see one man's work become his legacy.

May you all be comforted during this time of grief.

Connie Mann Bragg
Class of 2003

Katherine Willoughby

February 11, 2020

I am heartbroken about this news. Charlie was so special to me as he enthusiastically guided me on my Academy journey when I was at State in the MPA program in the 1980s. When taking his financial management class back then, he noticed I was driving down to Georgia (often) to visit my boyfriend (now husband, Dan). Charlie counseled me to apply to Georgia for a doctoral degree in public administration. He said, "Go down there and study with Tom Lauth!" I owe him for my wonderful career. He was a fantastic teacher, insightful mentor, and loyal friend—such a joyful and caring man. No one can compare.

Don Reuter

February 11, 2020

Such a kind and funny man and an extraordinary teacher. RIP my friend.

Tim and Sandra Almy

February 11, 2020

Charlie was a fully alive young man in his 30s when we met on Holly Lane. I met my wife through Marty and him. What a gift.
Coes unselfishly dedicated themselves to making marriage more loving for hundreds of couples. His love and passion for reading and learning has taken hold in his book mate and son, Lincoln, Charlie’s dear friend and son.
Charlie’s red hair, freckles and smile are missed already.
God speed Charlie. Go see Heidi

Kyle Fay

February 11, 2020

I had Dr. Coe as my budget professor back in the late 80s. He always had a story about how Detroit handled their various budget problems with a tinge of humor. I am so sorry to hear about his passing, but want his family to know he was a well thought of and respected teacher. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kyle Fay
MPA Class of '89

Tory Weaver

February 10, 2020

I knew Dr. Coe as a professor, and I recall his jovial ways. He loved his work, his family, and his faith, and he shared all with anyone that would listen. I also remember his drawer full of research ideas. He was one of a kind. I cannot imagine NC State without Dr. Coe. Many condolences and prayers for the family.

Tory Weaver

Tom Pugh

February 10, 2020

Charlie Coe is the reason I finished my MPA. After struggling for several years to work and take classes, I suddenly found myself unemployed after an election. Charlie called me at home and told me "now you have plenty of time to get back to work on your degree." I don't think he ever knew how much that meant to me. But get back I did! Thanks Dr. Coe!!

Walt Johnson

February 10, 2020

Dr. Coe was my budget professor and a most enjoyable one. I learned so much practical knowledge from him. He will be missed in the NCSU community and beyond. Blessings to the family.

Walt Johnson, MPA, 2001