He was born July 22, 1931 in Garwood, West Virginia, son of the late Gaylord and Mary Elizabeth Snipes Coffee. Okey married Phoebe A. Miller on May 14, 1952 in Rubyville, Ohio and she survives him.
He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Okey graduated from Columbus Barber College and retired as a barber after 40 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Ole Car Club, Thurman Grange, and VFW 4464. He loved his antique car and enjoyed his grandson.
Surviving are his wife, Phoebe A. Coffee of Gallipolis; his daughter, Beth A. Coffee of Gallipolis; a grandson, Travis W. Letcavits of Canal Winchester; two sisters, Lola June McComber of California and Louise (Kenny) Holcomb of Columbus; one brother, Luke Edward (Doris) Coffee of Vinton; a special niece raised in the home, Joan (Don) Nevaker of Maryland; a sister-in-law, Delores Coffee of Vinton; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Okey was preceded in death by a daughter, Cathy A. Coffee in 1970, a brother John Coffee and a sister Lora Ruth Deckard.
Services will be 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Willis Funeral Home with Pastor Alvis Pollard, Chaplain Fred Williams and Pastor David Harkleroad officiating. Burial will follow in Ohio Valley Memory Gardens.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 5-8 p.m.
There will be graveside military services by volunteers of area veteran’s lodges.
Pallbearers will be Travis Letcavits, Mark Coffee, Paul Holcomb, Jim Metzler, Ed Johnson and Bob Cox. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dave McCoy, Gene Oiler, Chuck Metzler, Howard Waugh and Ted Hanna.
Please visit www.willisfuneralhome.com to send e-mail condolences.