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Oct. 21, 1933—May 1, 2015 Thomas Ward Coe, 81, bid farewell to this world May 1, 2015, at his home in Lake Tansi. He was born Oct. 21, 1933, in Chattanooga and is the son of the late Dr. John Wallace Coe and Agnes Brady Coe. Tommy is survived by his beloved wife for 56 years, Harriet Bradbury Coe; son, John Thomas Coe and daughter-in-law, Lysa Coe, Lebanon; daughter, Angela Coe-Pelley and son-in-law, Ed Pelley, Redondo Beach, CA; grandson, Mark Anthony Graham Jr.; and great-granddaughters, Alyssa and Avery Graham. Tommy was also survived by his brother-in-law, Oscar Elmore, Crossville; niece, Dianne Melton, Crossville; and nephews, Terry Elmore, Crossville, Larry Elmore and Pedro Menendez of New Jersey. Tommy was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Natalie Dianne Coe; brother, Jack Coe; and sisters, Bettye Elmore, Frances Coe, Mary Hill and Marie Carpenter. Tommy worked for Allied Sound and General Communication and Electric while in Tennessee.  In Arizona, he worked for the City of Phoenix Police Department Computer Services Division.  During his career with the Phoenix PD he received three commendations from the commander for his support in sting operations and safety systems provided to state and city buildings and personnel. Tommy was a tinkerer of all electronic things and it was a hobby of his to build radios, test kits and RC airplanes. He held water operator licenses for the states of Tennessee, Arizona and California, and also a First-Class Radio-Telephone Operator’s license. Tommy was a member of the Ham-Radio club of Cumberland County, and the Ham-Radio Quarter Century Club. The family would like to thank the Hospice of Cumberland County for their loving care and consistent professionalism. Memorial donations may be made to either A Time for Paws, P.O. Box 2982, Crossville, TN 38555, www.atime4paws.org, 707-9889; or, Hospice of Cumberland County, 30 E. Adams St., Crossville, TN 38555, www.cumberlandhospice.com, 484-4784. Funeral services were held at Bilbrey Funeral Home May 6, with Ed Pelley officiating. Interment was in Crossville City Cemetery. “We bid farewell to Tommy Coe, whose soul has brought joy and fulfillment to many and whose legacy will live on forever. His ability to make everyone feel comfortable, secure and loved was his greatest strength. He has gone home now, guided by his faith by fighting on and by the light of those that he has loved and lost. At last he is with them once more, leaving those of us who grieve his passing with the memories he gave, the good that he did, and the enduring images of the dad riding a motorcycle on the beach with daughter Angie on the back, building radio kits with his son John, a technician working the communication towers and telephone poles, and a father with his family on vacations exploring some new and wondrous place just beyond the horizon. May God bless Thomas Ward Coe, and may he rest in eternal peace.” Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements. A guestbook may be signed at www.crossville-chronicle.com.
Published on  May 19, 2015
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