Clifton Alvin Coe
July 21, 1928  -  December 2, 2008

Clifton Alvin Coe

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Elmwood Funeral Home
5750 HWY 277 South
Abilene, TX  79606
Friday, December 5, 2008
6:00 to 8:00 PM
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Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel
5750 HWY 277 South
Abilene, TX  79606
Saturday, December 6, 2008
2:00 PM
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Elmwood Memorial Park
5750 HWY 277 South
Abilene, TX  79606
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Abilene, TX  79605

Clifton Alvin Coe, beloved Father of Sharon Lea Godsey, and Grandfather of Christopher Lynn Hatcher and Leslie Renee Nielsen, passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at a local hospital. He was 80 years young.

His funeral service with Pastor David Black of First United Methodist Church officiating will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 6th at the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 HWY 277 South, with burial following in Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday at the funeral home.

Alvin was born the son of Willie Love and Edith Irene Coe on July 21, 1928 in Stamford, Texas. He joined the Air Force on January 10, 1947 and served his country proudly until 1950. On September 2nd of that year, Alvin married Betty Lou Shrum in Stamford before moving to Abilene in 1952. She preceded him in death on February 10, 1999.

Alvin was an avid musician who loved playing bass guitar and singing the classics of the Country and Western genre. He was a member of L.C. Agnew the Dixie Playboys for 15 years during the 1950s through the early 70s, and he continued to sit in with numerous area bands throughout the 1980s and early 90s. Singer Ray Price was one of Alvins biggest musical influences.

Along with his wife, Alvin was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Alton and Bill.

He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Godsey and her husband John; his sister, Lona Cole and her husband, Loren of Pearland; two grandchildren, Chris Hatcher and his wife Cindy, and Leslie Nielsen and her husband, Justin; three great grandchildren, Catelyn Hatcher, Christopher Tyler Hatcher, and Alissa Godsey; and companion, Eddie Faye Clifford of Canyon Lake.

Pallbearers will be Chris Hatcher, John Godsey, Justin Nielsen, Curtis Caffey, L.C. Agnew and Jim Sturrock.

Memorial donations are suggested to the American Heart Association or to donors favorite charity.


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  1. Eugene Watts
    Avoca, TX

    Alvin and his brother Bill lived in Stamford in the 1940s. Alvin went to school in Stamford and I went to school in Avoca. Along with Ookie Caudle and Irvin Turnerwho atended school in Avoca we enjoyed a good friendship with Alvin. I heard his music often over the years....we were glad to have him as a friend. God bless the family. There will be a good jam session in Heaven.

  2. Kathy Hardaway Day
    Canton, TX

    I am the oldest daughter of Wanda Faye Carmon. Mom shared many wonderful memories of Alvin growing up. He is making beautiful music in Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Kathy Day

  3. Austin Jan Rose
    Abilene, TX

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family

  4. Tanny Hamilton Angeley
    Earth, TX

    Sharon and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Uncle Alvin. What a wonderful man he was. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love to all. Tanny, Crissy and Jayme.

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