Meridian Star


July 19, 2013

Lawrence B. “Billy” Coker, Jr.

MERIDIAN —     Graveside services for Lawrence B. “Billy” Coker, Jr. will be held Saturday, at 10 a.m. at Coker’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

    Mr. Coker, 87, of Meridian died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation Center in York, Alabama. He was born on May 30, 1926, in Vimville to the late Lawrence B. Coker, Sr. and Sarah Gladys Coker. He attended Vimville Schools before enlisting in the United States Maritime Service during World War II. He was also in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He lived most of his adult life in Manhattan and Staten Island, New York. He worked as a bus driver for the New York City Transit Authority. When he retired in 1989, he moved to Woodlock Springs; Hawley, Pennsylvania. He returned to the Vimville area in 2001.

    He is survived by his wife, Edna; his sister, Hazel Coker Marshall of Alexandria, Va. and step-daughters Jeanine Maclary and husband Robert of Panama City Beach, Fla.; Maureen Lucks and husband Roger of Bethesda, Md. and Carleen Noble of Hendersonville, Tenn. and nieces, nephews and cousins.

    He is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Jean Coker Landrum; his brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Betty Coker and nephew, Lawrence T. Coker and niece, Carolyn Williamson Brown.

    In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Coker’s Chapel Cemetery Fund, 3024 Jeff Davis School Road, Meridian, Mississippi 39301.

    A special thanks to the staff at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation in York, Alabama for their kindness and caring during Mr. Coker’s stay.

    Family and friends may sign the online guest book at


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