OBITUARY

Richard Albert Coley Jr.

January 29, 1925March 5, 2018
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Richard Albert Coley, Jr., of Raleigh went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 5, 2018. He was the son of the late Richard Albert Coley and Ethel Britt Coley. He was born on January 29, 1925, in Raleigh, NC. Following his graduation from Hugh Morson High School, he worked for forty years for Seaboard Railroad, later CSX.

Albert was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and extended family and especially loved being outside in God’s creation. He was a faithful member at Tabernacle Baptist Church and later at Crabtree Valley Baptist Church as long as his health permitted.

Albert was preceded in death by his wife of almost 61 years, Sara Yates Coley, his brothers and sisters, and his grandson Matthew Coley.

He is survived by his two sons and their wives, Kenneth Scott Coley and Kathleen Crowley Coley of Wake Forest, and David Craig Coley and Kenna Peters Coley of Holly Springs; grandchildren, Diana Coley Jones (Erik), Scott McGee Coley (Melissa), Rebecca Yates Coley (Ryan Miller), Sarah Elizabeth Plowman (Benjamin), Caitlin Coley Ayscue (Brandon); great grandchildren, Mary Kenna Coley, Cameron Jones, Athalia Jones, and Coley Ayscue, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, March 9th, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary’s Street. A family burial service officiated by Dr. Charles Harvey will follow on Saturday, March 10th, in Historic Oakwood Cemetery.

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  • Albert was preceded in death by his wife of almost 61 years, Sara Yates Coley, his brothers and sisters, and his grandson Matthew Coley. He is survived by his two sons and their wives, Kenneth Scott Coley and Kathleen Crowley Coley of Wake Forest, and David Craig Coley and Kenna Peters Coley of Holly Springs; grandchildren, Diana Coley Jones (Erik), Scott McGee Coley (Melissa), Rebecca Yates Coley (Ryan Miller), Sarah Elizabeth Plowman (Benjamin), Caitlin Coley Ayscue (Brandon); great grandchildren, Mary Kenna Coley, Cameron Jones, Athalia Jones, and Coley Ayscue, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 9, 2018
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Steve Etheridge

March 10, 2018

So many memories...Uncle Coley...true Southern Gentleman...’57 Chevy...the Raleigh connection...Sunday’s at Granny Yates’ house...kind...compassionate...
always that warm smile...US 1 roadrunner...neat dresser...loving husband...gracious father...thanks for the memories Uncle Coley. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Susan Willhauck

March 6, 2018

I am so thankful for the life of Uncle Coley. He always had a genuine and infectious smile that reflected his deep faith. I remember times at Grannie Yates's house. May family and friends know the fullness of God's comfort and peace at this time.

Bob Lucas

March 6, 2018

Ken and David,
I saw your Dad passed away and I wanted to tell you I am very sorry for your loss. I remember your Dad very well. I remember him taking you to my house and playing basketball. I also remember going to your house and playing as very young kids. Your Dad was always such a gentleman. I remember thinking how fortunate you and David were to have such nice parents.
I of course have not seen you guys in many years so I hope you remember me. I am a lawyer in Selma/Johnston County so if you are ever this way, please drop by. My memories of you guys was all great.
I am sure your Dad was very proud of you all and the family as a whole.
Take care,
Bob Lucas

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Biography

Richard Albert Coley, Jr., of Raleigh went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 5, 2018. He was the son of the late Richard Albert Coley and Ethel Britt Coley. He was born on January 29, 1925, in Raleigh, NC. Following his graduation from Hugh Morson High School, he worked for forty years for Seaboard Railroad, later CSX.

Albert was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and extended family and especially loved being outside in God’s creation. He was a faithful member at Tabernacle Baptist Church and later at Crabtree Valley Baptist Church as long as his health permitted.

Albert was preceded in death by his wife of almost 61 years, Sara Yates Coley, his brothers and sisters, and his grandson Matthew Coley.

He is survived by his two sons and their wives, Kenneth Scott Coley and Kathleen Crowley Coley of Wake Forest, and David Craig Coley and Kenna Peters Coley of Holly Springs; grandchildren, Diana Coley Jones (Erik), Scott McGee Coley (Melissa), Rebecca Yates Coley (Ryan Miller), Sarah Elizabeth Plowman (Benjamin), Caitlin Coley Ayscue (Brandon); great grandchildren, Mary Kenna Coley, Cameron Jones, Athalia Jones, and Coley Ayscue, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, March 9th, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary’s Street. A family burial service officiated by Dr. Charles Harvey will follow on Saturday, March 10th, in Historic Oakwood Cemetery.