Deacon William R. (Billy) Coe, son of the late Mr. Roosevelt Coe
and the late Mrs. Malissa Roberts Coe, was born December 15,1940 in
Albany, Dougherty County Georgia. At a very early age, he dedicated
his life to Christ and joined First Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church. In
Deacon Coe’s early years, he assisted with the family farm. In his early
adult life, he enjoyed livestock farming. Deacon Coe received his early
education in the public schools of Albany and Atlanta Georgia. He
furthered his education at Albany Vocational -Technical College. In
1961, he enlisted in the United States Army. After serving one tour of
duty overseas, he returned to Albany to reunite with family and begin
working at McGregor Golf Company. After working with McGregor for
approximately 10 years, he began his career with the Albany Marine
Corps Logistics Base, from which he retired in 1999. After retiring, he
enjoyed short periods of employment with Circuit City Electronics and
the U.S. Census Bureau. He was active with the American Legion, Post
512 of Albany and American Legion Post 232 in Snellville, Georgia.
In 1971, he met the love of his life, Joann Gray. They were joined
in holy matrimony 1974. To this union, one son was born, D’Andre Coe.
Deacon Coe leaves to cherish his memories, his loving and devoted wife
of 48 years, JoAnn G. Coe, a dedicated and devoted son, D’Andre Coe of
Atlanta, GA, one sister, Hester Johnson of Atlanta, GA., and one brother
Robert “Bobby” Coe (Gloria) of New York, NY, five sisters in laws:
Geneva Stokes of Philadelphia, Doris Gray of Tifton, Linda Gray of
Tifton, Brenda Faye Gray of Tifton. Two brothers in laws: Horace Gray
and Glenn Gray, Sr., of Tifton, and a host of sorrowing nieces, nephews,
cousins, and friends. Uncle Billy, as he was affectionately known, was
loved by many.
At 1:02pm on Sunday, December 25, 2022, Deacon Coe made his
transition from physical life to eternal.