Community Mourns Loss of Former CHS Football Player
The community rallied together late last week and over the weekend to mourn and honor the life of a recent graduate of Coffee High School and former Trojan football player after he lost his life from injuries in an automobile accident.
John Myron Coffee, the 19-year-old son of John and Amanda Coffee, passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, after pulling out in front of a log truck in Irwin County. The truck driver survived the collision.
Coffee’s character, along with the impact he had on several people in Douglas and Coffee County, has been shown through the outpour of support by members of the community following his death. Two days after his passing, students of Coffee High School organized a Trojan Train in his honor.
The Trojan Train, which will likely go down as one of the most memorable and most participated, began at J&T Tire (the family owned business Coffee was working at) with a record number of vehicles with Coffee’s football number, #63, on the windows as they traveled to Coffee High School before school began.
On Friday night, the Trojans dedicated their game to the former Offensive Line player by making a sign for the players to run through that stated, “There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone, the light remains.”
A moment of silence was also held for Coffee and his family before the game began.
Testament was shown to how loved Coffee was during the night of his visitation on November 3, 2018, as some of his friends and family waited over 2 hours to enter Sims Funeral Home to say goodbye to Coffee and show their respects to his family.
The family laid Coffee to rest on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at First United Methodist Church with over 1,000 people attending the service.
Friends and family of Coffee described him as a “sweet spirit” who was “always smiling, laughing, and cutting up no matter the situation.”
The Enterprise sends prayers and condolences to John Myron Coffee’s family.