Emory Coker, 78, of Amarillo, TX, died on May 11, 2019.
Memorial services will be at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd., with Sam White, chaplain of Kindred Hospice Home Healthcare. Emory wants his ashes scattered over the pond in Nacogdoches, TX. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.
Emory was born on September 28, 1940, in Heidenheimer, TX, to Frances and Silas Coker. Emory retired from Potter County Road and Bridge Department with 25 years of service, where he was the foreman. In his younger days, Emory loved to play softball for Mayfield Roofing. Emory loved fishing and camping. He loved the outdoors and his most favorite place on Earth was Nacogdoches, TX. There was a pond right in front of our place. This was his second home with his second family; Nila Riding, Vonda and Dan Windham, John Maaz, JoAnn Hardy, and Daniel and Christelle Windham. He loved to be called “Grumpy”. Emory picked this name for his grandchildren. He did not want to be called a grandpa. His favorite past time was watching cowboy movies. John Wayne was his hero.
Before his illness, he was a former member of Central Church of Christ and Bell Avenue Church of Christ.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and his three sisters, Flora McClain, of Midland, Gloria Cornell, of Houston, and LaVerne Waskow, of Houston.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Coker, of 57 ½ years; their children, Cheryl, Mike and his wife Monte, and Rusty and his wife Denise, all of Amarillo; grandchildren, Mandi, Amanda, Ashley, Sarah, Adam, Brittany, Alivia, and Evelyn; great-grandchildren, Trae, Liam, Killian, and Emery Jade; brothers-in-law, Curtis McClain, of Midland, and Charles Carathers, of Lubbock, TX; sister-in-law, Cathy Dowell, of Adolphus, KY; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is also survived by Chub Smith, a young man who lived with us while he finished high school, was like a son to us, and called Emory “Dad”.
We want to thank Kindred Hospice Home Health for taking care of our loved one. Especially Tina, Barbara, Steve, and Sam. They became a part of our family.
Only Heaven is Forever.