Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 23, 2017
CARLTON LATANE COFFEY
COFFEY, CARLTON LATANE COFFEY Died peacefully
on November 19, 2017 at his home in Keswick, VA, with
his family by his side. He was diagnosed with Lewy Body
He was born on October 31, 1923, in the old Alexandria
Hospital, and was named for the doctor who delivered him.
Carlton was the ninth child of the late Charles Franklin Coffey and Georgia Anne
Campbell Coffey and he boasted that he was the only one born in a hospital. He grew up
in the Rosemont section of Alexandria, VA, and in Washington, DC where he attended
Western High School (1941). As a grade school boy, Carlton became a dedicated fan
of the Washington Senators (now Nationals). Betting a nickel on games and winning with
his older brothers was an incentive to closely follow the season's schedule. He remained
an avid fan of the Redskins and of all sports throughout his life. He played basketball in
college, and many Sunday afternoons were spent on the Washington Monument grounds
playing softball with the "P Street Boys."
When Carlton was 17 years old, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard at the outset of World
War II and was trained as a Radioman. He served aboard an LST (Landing Ship Tank) in
the Mediterranean ports of North Africa and Italy. In Anzio, he was wounded from shrapnel
when his ship was strafed. He also participated in the Normandy invasion and was proud
to have served his country.
Carlton attended the old Wilson Teachers College (now UDC) and George Washington
University. He had a long and successful career with Home Life of New York as a
Certified Life Underwriter (CLU). Being a real people person, he was a great help to
many young families after WWII with a new concept in life insurance at the time--estate
planning. Success inspired him to continually take classes to grow in his chosen
profession and after completing a course he was often asked to be the instructor. In 1987,
Carlton became a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). He was a life member of The Million
Dollar Round Table.
One of Carlton's greatest loves was spending leisure time with family and close friends at
the "Coffey Grounds" cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Tyro and Crab Tree Falls,
VA. While living in Fairfax Station, tennis and bridge were other pleasurable pursuits. His
collection of tennis medals in the Senior Olympics amazed his family. He played tennis
with the Fairfax Racket Club for many years. Carlton and Libby moved to the Glenmore
community near Charlottesville in 2012 and he was able to practice his bridge skills at the
Glenmore Country Club. He was proud to have been one of the first to be baptized in the
new Vienna Baptist Church in 1957 and enjoyed teaching young boys in Sunday School
Carlton and Libby had many memorable trips together--the highlight being a safari in
Botswana for their 50th wedding anniversary and cruising down the Danube on their 60th
Anniversary. His family was always first place in his heart. At his 90th birthday celebration,
the five grandchildren told about their treasured relationships with their Granddad.
Carlton is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Elizabeth (Libby) Kornegay Coffey, and
three children, Mark Carlton Coffey of Austin, TX, Elizabeth Lynn (Betsy) Coffey-Chaudet
and her husband Roy Chaudet of Waterford, VA, Virginia Lee (Ginny) Coffey and her
husband Mark Stoddart of Charlottesville, VA. He also is survived by five grandchildren,
Powell Coffey, Elise Chaudet, Elizabeth (Liza) Taylor, Quinn Taylor, and Emma Taylor;
and four step-grandchildren, Cameron Stoddart, Caleb Stoddart, Shelly Hamler, Skyler
Stoddart, and one step-great granddaughter, Zaya Hamler.
He will be greatly missed by his cherished niece, Beverly Beeton. The family would like to
give grateful thanks to his wonderful caregivers who kept him comfortable with kindness
and loving care. Very special thanks to Charlotte Gregory who became a part of the family
in the three years she took care of Carlton. The family is deeply grateful to Legacy
Hospice for their valuable guidance, concern and love.
Funeral services will be held at Hill & Wood Funeral Home in Charlottesville, VA, at 12
Noon on Saturday, November 25, 2017 with Pastor Margarete Gillette conducting the
services. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and a reception will
Interment in the Culpeper National Cemetery will be private, with Chaplain Allison Jackson
No flowers, please. Donations may be made to Legacy Hospice, 500 Faulconer Drive,
Suite 100, Charlottesville, VA 22903, or a charity of your choice.
Hill and Wood Funeral Home
201 N. First Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902