L.B. Coke passed away peacefully in his home on Feb. 15, 2017, comforted by his loving wife, Freedia.
L.B. was a member of Vansickle Baptist Church of Greenville, Texas. He loved his Lord, his church and especially his family. The time spent with his family was what made him the happiest.
Preceding him in death were his son, Mike Coke; parents Hubert Coke and Virginia Coke McCann; sisters Beauthon Hart and Aldine Bartlett; brothers H.C. Coke and J.W. Coke; his brothers-in-law, Roland Ratliff, Roy Lee and Bill McGinness; and sisters-in-law Vera Ratliff and Virginia Ratliff.
Surviving him are his wife, Freedia Ratliff Coke; daughters Debbie Williams (Steve) and Angie McQuay (Kevin); daughter-in-law Marsha Coke; grandchildren Matt Williams (Angela), Wes Coke (Jodi), Marty Williams, Elizabeth Peralez (Albert), Nathan Williams and Hannah Wooten; great-grandchildren Eli, Emerson, Easton, Everett and Kennedy; a sister, Axie Bartlett; and numerous family members and friends.
L.B. was born June 26, 1929, in Smithville, Ark. He married the love of his life, Freedia, on Dec. 24, 1950, in Strawberry, Ark. He was the first of his family to attend and graduate college from Arkansas State College which is now Arkansas State University. He began his career at Temco in 1953 which is now L-3 Technologies and retired almost 40 years later on Sept. 30, 1992. In retirement, he truly enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow up throughout the years participating in sports, choir, fishing/hunting on his property and any other activity they cherished, as he was a very proud father/grandfather/great-grandfather. He did not enjoy shopping with the girls but always looked forward to the golf outings with the guys. Those who knew him well will always remember his smile, and the smiles he gave to others who were around him.
His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Peters Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Roger Ratliff officiating. Interment will follow at Memoryland Memorial Park, with Matt Williams, Wes Coke, Marty Williams, Nathan Williams, Albert Peralze, Steve Williams, Kevin McQuay and Cody McQuay serving as pallbearers. Visitation is today, Feb. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.
Published on February 16, 2017