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On October 7, 2018 at 10:28 am, Gueron Lawrence Coker faithfully answered his call home to be with his heavenly father.  He started his life’s journey as a blessing to Romaine and Gartha B. Coker on December 19, 1940.  Through the course of his journey he was educated at Howard High School (class of 1958) after which he joined the United States Army and was honorably discharged upon completing his tour of duty.  He attended Morehouse and Oakwood Colleges and majored in pre-med and ministry respectively. During the early period of his life he expressed his interest in music as a saxophone player and became a connoisseur of jazz music; a passion of which he passed to some of his children.  Mid-life he moved to Massachusetts, studied education at U Mass-Amherst and then served as an educator of special needs children and adults for twenty years.  If asked to summarize he was a highly intelligent, free thinker with charisma which seemed to impact many.  He was preceded in death by: (father) Romaine Coker, (mother) Gartha B. Coker, (sister) Beulah Thomas, (brother) Albert E. Coker and (nephew) Corey B. Coker.  He leaves to cherish his memory children:  Anthony G. Coker, Kristi Coker-Milner (Roderick), Minister Alan V. Coker (Felicia) all of Chattanooga, Derek R. Coker (Monica) of San Jose, California and Nicole Coker (Jorge) of Easthampton, Massachusetts.  Grandchildren: Courtney Benton, Antonio Coker, Lekeura Coker, Bria Coker, Shakara Coker, Mia Coker, and Alma Avendano.  Great grandchildren Jekhia and Peighton Owens. Attentive and supportive sister-in-law; Dora Coker and nephew Albert E. Coker II.  Niece and nephew Catherine Smith (Burlington, NC) and Eric Holmes. Former wife Jerry Coker-Tatum, friends Mark Destler, Oscar Nance and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.  The body will lie in state after noon on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 pm Sunday, October 14th at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.  Interment:  Chattanooga National Cemetery.  Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995

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  • Monday, October 08, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ John P. Franklin Funeral Home
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018
    Dear Coker Family, I’m so distraught at the loss of our extraordinary Gueron, as he was a bright light daily at Standifer. His mischievous grin, sense of humor, intelligence, and caring spirit enhanced my life. I will miss him so. He made time to care about things occurring in my life. He remembered details and he prayed for and asked about my daughter. He was a flirt, but in the most gentlemanly way❤️. I loved him and will miss his presence. God be with you during this time. Sincerely, Benita Pauly
    ~ Benita Pauly   Chattanooga, TN
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018
    Mr.Coker you will be truly missed
    ~ LaToya Chandler   chattanooga, TN
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018
    Willie and I are deeply saddened, in the passing of Gueron. We loved him, and was always glad to see him and talk to him on the phone.We are Praying for the family, that God will Strengthen you all durning this difficult time. God Bless. Ernestine and Willie Golson
    ~ Ernestine Golson   Stone Mountain, GA
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018
    Willie and I are deeply saddened, in the passing of Gueron. We loved him, and was always glad to see him and talk to him on the phone.We are Praying for the family, that God will Strengthen you all durning this difficult time. God Bless. Ernestine and Willie Golson
    ~ Ernestine Golson   Stone Mountain, GA
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018
    Sending prayers for peace and comfort as you mourn your beloved family patriarch. Though we never met Gueron, he sounds like he was an extraordinary man. Blessings to all.
    ~ The Booher Family   Mesa, AZ
  • Friday, October 12, 2018
    My heart is broken for you. May the Lord grant you the strength to find peace and comfort in the memories you will cherish forever. My deepest condolences and prayers. With much love to all, Monica
    ~ Monica Jacoby   SAN JOSE, CA
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    So sorry to hear of your loss. As the days go pass may you experience the love of our heavenly Creator Jehovah God as he strengthen you and your family to get through this trying time. (Psalms 83:18) Remember he loves your loved one also and has promised to get rid of sickness and death forever and by means of his son Jesus Christ, bring back to life our loved ones. (Revelation 21:4; John 5:28,29) Please accept my deepest condolence jw.org website for more encouragement.
    ~ Dolon Peete
  • Sunday, October 14, 2018
    I'm so sorry to learn of Gueron's death. I knew him during the '80's. Gueron and I had a mutual friend, Hershel Stewart, who was kind enough to study the Bible with us. Losing a loved one in death is always painful. I look forward to the time when death is eliminated. That time is mentioned at Hosea 13:14, which says, "From the power of the Grave I will redeem them; From death I will recover them. Where are your stings, O Death? Where is your destructiveness, O Grave? Compassion will be concealed from my eyes." There's a brochure entitled, "When Someone You Love Dies," which has been very helpful to me at times such as this. While it contains Bible Verses, this publication also has the feelings and thoughts of modern day people who have experienced the death of loved ones. I have found the these individuals' comments to be very helpful, because they show me that what I'm experiencing and thinking is not uncommon. Some of the helpful topics considered are: Is It Normal to Feel This Way? How Can I Live With My Grief? How Can Others Help? and A Sure Hope for the Dead, which discusses the Bible's promise of the Resurrection, a time we will see our loved ones (such as your Grandmother/my Aunt) again. You have the options of: downloading this publication, not downloading it, but simply reading it online, or following along as you listen to it being read. The first link will provide text, while the second will allow you to listen as the material is being read online. Simply have two Tabs open, one for the first link and one for the second. Should you wish to look up the Bible Verses, click directly on them to be taken to an Online Bible in Modern-Day English. It is my sincere hope that this provide what's mentioned at Romans 15:4, "For all the things that were written beforehand were written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope." Text www.jw.org/en/publications/books/when-someone-dies/it-cant-be-true/ Audio wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1101994001
    ~ Anthony Ware   Des Moines, WA