SANFORD — Peggy Jane McLendon Coggin, 85, of Sanford, stepped into her heavenly home Wednesday (01/12/22) surrounded by her three children in her home.

She was born in Lee County on Sept. 19, 1936 to Willie Thomas (Bill) McLendon, Sr. and Margaret Elizabeth Harrington McLendon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by “the love of her life” of 65 years, Willis James “Jimmie” Coggin, her sister, Elizabeth Bryan McLendon Patterson, brother, John Robert McLendon and grandson, Timothy James Willett.

Peggy graduated from Greenwood in 1954 and then attended Watts Nursing School from 1954-1955. She worked for Dr. Mary Margaret McLeod, Pediatrician, for 16 years as a nurse. She was known and loved by all who called her, “nurse Peggy”.

After Dr. McLeod’s retirement, she kept some of her grandchildren. Peggy and Jimmie were involved in the Gideon Ministry since 1983. Over the years she and Jimmie purchased and distributed thousands of Bibles. She would place Bibles in doctor and dental offices, hospitals and would give Bibles to graduating nurses.

Peggy and Jimmie were members of Grace Chapel Church for 64 years where together they served in the AWANA program (Sparks) for over 20 years and Peggy taught the third grade Sunday School class for over 30 years. Peggy was also a charter member of the Annie Belle Register Missionary Society at Grace Chapel. She began attending Cool Springs Baptist Church in April 2018 and remained faithful watching the services remotely even when she was unable to attend.

She is survived by her brother, Willie Thomas (W.T.) McLendon, II (Nancy) of Sanford, sister-in-law, Marie McLendon (John) of Sanford, daughter, Marsha Farrell (Joseph) of Brevard, daughter, Ramona Willett (Gary) of Sanford and Greg Coggins (Tricia) of N. Fort Myers, Florida. ten grandchildren Nicholas Farrell (Rachel) of Whigham, Georgia, Diana White (Brian) of Radford, Virginia, Andrew Farrell (Anna) of Norwich, United Kingdom, Jeremy Willett of Greenville, Stephen Willett (fiancé Samantha Houston) of Fayetteville, Kasey Maness (Philip) of Sanford, Cameron Coggins of Tampa, Florida, Riley Escalle of Atlanta, Georgia and Lydia and Grace Coggins of N. Fort Myers, Florida and 14 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews, and very special in-laws.

The family would like to say a special “Thank You” to Community Home Care & Hospice for the compassionate care given to Peggy over the past year. They especially want to recognize Kim Rodriguez, Bailey Marona, Linda Thorne, Stephanie Woodall, Ann Oldham, Sayra Baquedano and Tammy McDowell for their servant’s heart and love that they showered over her.

The family will receive friends 10 a.m. Thursday at Cool Springs Baptist Church. The funeral service follows with the Rev. Matt Martin, Diana White and Lee Logwood officiating. Burial follows at Grace Chapel Church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Gideons International, P.O. Box 1032, Sanford, NC 27331-1032.

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