AUSTINTOWN – Ernest Lee Coffey, 72, passed away peacefully Thursday, September 8, 2022, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Ernest was born on February 16, 1950 in Cleveland, the son of Lee T. Coffey and Dorothy Jackson Corbin.
On November 9, 1990, he met the love of his life, the former Peggy Ann Beal. They married on May 21, 1993, sharing 32 years together.
A graduate of Shaw High School, Ernest excelled at basketball, holding the record for most points and rebounds in a high school game, a record that has not been broken. In addition to basketball, he also excelled in track and field and baseball. He attended college on a basketball scholarship and traveled throughout Europe during his career with professional basketball teams.
Ernest was previously employed by Marymount Hospital as a recreation therapist and Boardman Medical, providing liquid oxygen, retiring in 2012.
A man of faith, he was an active member of the New Road Church, where he taught Bible school and sang in the choir. A leader of the Master’s Men’s Group, he lived the gospel daily with praise, worship and devotion.
A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was known for his gentle spirit, optimism, larger-than-life personality and smile. “Ambassador of Notre-Dame Avenue”, he never met a stranger and was generous with his time and his talents.
He will be deeply missed by his wife, Peggy; children, Evelyn (Jeremiah) Calloway, Erna (Rodney) Bell, Drumell Coffey, Keesha Standard, Stacey Kozelka and Rebecca Burns; 24 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Thelma (Monroe) Hillsman, Velma Coffey, John (Joann) Coffey and Bruce (Gwen) Coffey.
His parents predeceased him; and his brothers, Rubin Coffey, Lawson Whitmore, Lewis Whitmore and Ollie Coffey.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2022, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m., at New Road Church, 5530 New Road, Youngstown, OH 44515. Ernest will be dropped off at rests in Brunstetter Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.
To leave your condolences to the family, visit www.lane funerals.com.