Claude Lee Coffey, 95, of Morganton, NC, died Saturday, February 23, 2008 at his residence following a period of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC on September 27, 1912, he was the son of the late Vester Lee Coffey and Bessie Moses Coffey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Coffey, and a sister, Lillie Mae Hollifield. Claude was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Pacific Theatre in WWII. He retired from Broughton Hospital and was a member of Oak Forest United Methodist Church. Mr. Coffey was an avid gardener and fisherman.Claude is survived by his wife, Katie Williams Coffey of the home; daughters, Carol Lee Walters and husband, Ronald, of Gastonia, NC, Betty Jo McMahan and husband, Rev. Stanley, of Burnsville, NC, and Wanda Scott and husband, David, of Morganton; a brother, Arnold Coffey and wife, Mary, of Morganton; a sister, Bertha Wilson of Danville, VA; grandchildren, Jeffrey Walters and wife, Angie, Jennifer Stamey and husband, Donnie, Shelly Thompson and husband, Keith, Joel McMahan, Dana Dale and husband, Jason, and D.J. Scott; and great-grandchildren, Tabitha and Will Thompson and Tanner and Jacey Dale.The funeral will be held at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 24, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Reverends Roderick Randolph and Stanley McMahan officiating. Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 25, 2008 at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. before the service. At other times the family will be at the residence on Berry Street, Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

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