Everett Samuel "Sam" Coffman

April 28, 1936
August 31, 2022
Charleston, WV

Everett Samuel "Sam" Coffman

Everett Samuel “Sam” Coffman of Charleston, WV passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at home.  Sam was born April 28, 1936 to the late Everett and Helen Riley Coffman in South Charleston.

Sam grew up in Charleston, WV and graduated from Charleston High in 1954.  He attended WVU, and joined Sigma Chi Fraternity, and graduated with a BS in Business Administration.  After working with his father at Coffman Optical Co. Sam decided to pursue Optometry as a career and attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN.  He graduated in 1965 with his Doctor of Optometry degree where he was Valedictorian, a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Honorary Fraternity, and the Gold Key Honor Society of Southern College of Optometry.  Sam then opened his Optometric office in Nitro and practiced almost 50 years.  He belonged to the WV Optometric Association during this time.

Sam was an avid golfer at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club, skier, and Mountaineer fan with membership in the Mountaineer Athletic Club.  He officiated high school football for many years and belonged to the Kanawha Valley Officials Association.  Sam was written up in Charley West’s column for the “Coffman Classic” which he held for many years.  He was a long-time member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Everett “Coffey” and Helen Coffman.  He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Lea Anne Bartrug Coffman, and his five children; Cindy Cushing (Kevin), John Coffman (Cress), Doug Coffman (Teresa), Joan Francis (Roger), and Ann Pettibone (Bill); eight grandchildren, Linsey Shaffer (Bryan), Scott Cushing, Sara Peterson (Nate), Sam Coffman, Erin Francis, Sean Francis, Lauren Pettibone and Jake Pettibone; four great grandchildren, Logan Shaffer, Ellie Shaffer, Emma Jane Peterson and Audrey Peterson.

Many thanks to all at Kindred at Home Health Services and HospiceCare for all their care and help in so many ways.

A memorial service to honor the life of Sam will be held at a later date at St. Marks United Methodist Church, Charleston with interment following.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church 900 Washington St. E Charleston, WV 25301-1755 or HospiceCare, 1606Kanawha Blvd. W Charleston, WV 25387;

Online condolences and memories may be shared by visiting and selecting his obituary.

Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston is serving the Coffman family.

4 replies
  1. Verlin Adams says:

    Lea Anne and Family:

    We are saddened by your great loss and share in your grief. We genuinely love you, Sam and your entire family. Our lives have been made better by you in them. Sam was truly a great friend to both of us and a wonderful Christian man. He will be missed by us and all who knew him. May GOD help all of you bear your grief through the love of Jesus Christ.

    GOD bless,
    Sparky and Harriett

  2. James Barton says:

    Sam was abig part of our high school days . Great guy who was always smiling even when in trouble. Our condolences to you Lea Ann . jim and Judy Barton

  3. Dr Jim Sandefur says:

    Sam was my classmate and dear friend at SCO. Although I haven’t seen him in a long time I remember him fondly. He was unique. So sorry for your loss .
    Jim Sandefur

  4. Beverly Bisbee says:

    Lee Anne and Family,

    Sad for you and all who loved him. May you find comfort in your cherished memories and your many friends, and may your faith sustain you.

    Sincere condolences,
    Beverly Bisbee

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