Jethroe "J.M." Mathew Coker

July 25, 1941 ~ February 13, 2021 (age 79)


Wedgefield, SC…Jethroe Mathew “ J.M.” Coker, age 79, beloved husband of the late Ruth Elizabeth “Libby” Alger Coker, died on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at his residence.

Born in Florence County, he was the son of the late Colon Mathew Coker and Dorothy McElveen Coker. Mr. Coker retired from Hill Plumbing Company after twenty-eight years of service. He enjoyed wood working and was a great inspiration to all people. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and friend. He will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him. Mr. Coker was a member of the Pinewood Baptist Church

Surviving are: two sons, Dwight “BoBo” Coker and his wife Lisa of Dalzell, and Colon E. Coker and his wife Jennie of Pinewood; four daughters, Felecia Johnson and her husband Danny Ray “Cat” of Florence County, Tammy Schwabenbauer and her husband Bobby of Wedgefield, Pamela Lawhon and her husband Tommy of Lake City, and Karen Evans and her husband Mack of Coward; one brother, Roy Lee Coker of Olanta; along with fifteen grandchildren and twenty five great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Libby Coker and second wife, Rachel McKenzie; one son, Mathew Luke Coker; one grandson, Kirkland Smith; one sister, Leah Beth Powell; and two brothers, Rudy Alexander Coker and Lamar Coker.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 3:00pm in the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. H. Albert Sims officiating.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, one hour prior to the service, from 2:00-3:00 pm at Bullock Funeral Home and following the services at the home of Tammy and Bobby Schwabenbauer.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 200 Center Pointe Circle, Suite 100, Columbia, SC 29210.

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February 16, 2021

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Bullock Funeral Home
1190 Wilson Hall Road
Sumter, SC 29150

Memorial Service
February 16, 2021

3:00 PM
Bullock Fuenral Home Chapel

Video is available for this event

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