The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, March 26, 2016 at New Corinth Baptist Church, Will Spivey Street, Ellaville, Georgia. Interment will follow on March 30, 2016 at Pinelawn Memorial Park, 2030 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, NY 11735.
Mrs. Gladys Oliver Coffee was born November 29, 1930 to the late Mae Oliver Atkinson. Her grandparents, the late Charlie “Big Daddy” and Nella “Little Mama” Oliver, helped rear her. One son, Norman Warren Coffee, preceded her in death. She also was preceded in death by her devoted cousin who was reared as a brother, the late Sanders Golphin. At an early age, she joined the band of Christian Believers at New Corinth Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend T. C. Cherry. She acquired her Christian training at New Corinth Baptist Church Sunday School Ministry. She was educated in the public school system of Schley County. She was a graduate of Savannah State University where she obtained a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education. She was married to the late Norman W. Coffee. To this union, two sons were born.
Around the age of 19, she moved to Liberty, New York. Shortly after marriage she moved to Queens, New York where was employed with New York Telephone Company as a telephone operator. While living in New York, she attended New York Calvary Baptist Church. She was employed with New York State Developmental Center where she worked various jobs as a Fire Marshall and then retired in 1994.
In 1996, she moved to her native land. In 2006, she moved into her most recent site.
Survivors are one loving and devoted son, Gerry Coffee, Long Island, New York; two granddaughters, Kristen Coffee and Katherine Coffee; seven cousins who were reared as siblings, Lois Alridge, Buena Vista, Georgia, Edith Dowdell (Albert), Baltimore, Maryland, Agnes Sampson (Lee), Jersey City, New Jersey, Mildred Edge (Willie), Jersey City, New Jersey, Anne Oliver, Baltimore, Maryland, Betty Ann Harvey (Hollomon), Americus, Georgia, and Fred Oliver, Jr., Boston, Massachusetts; other relatives; caregiver, Julie Mae Smith, and friends.