SANFORD — Willis James “Jimmie” Coggin, 86, of Sanford, passed away Monday (04/19/21) at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Lee County on Aug. 4, 1934, to Wilbur James Coggin and Rilla Beatrice Gaines Coggin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson Timothy Willett and two brothers, Coy Wilbur Coggin and John William “Buster” Coggin.

Jimmie graduated from Greenwood High School in 1952. He married the love of his life Peggy Jane McLendon Coggin on May 12, 1955. He joined the U.S. Army in February of 1955 and served until February of 1958 with 16 of those months in South Korea. He served in the Army Security Agency while enlisted.

After his military stint, he went to work for the U.S. Post Office in March of 1958, where he began as a city carrier. He became a postmaster in Moncure in 1971, where he served until his retirement in 1988.

He was a member of Grace Chapel Church for approximately 72 years where he taught and served as superintendent for Sunday school, served on the deacon board, served as church treasurer and assisted with the AWANA program. He began attending Cool Springs Baptist Church in April of 2018. Due to the lack of mobility of his wife, he was not able to attend many services, but he continued to be faithful in giving.

Jimmie joined the Gideons International in 1983. Over the years he distributed thousands of Bibles. He traveled to New York City on many occasions to distribute Bibles at schools, universities, hospitals and on the city sidewalks. Jimmie and Peggy began reading through the Bible in 1975. He said that he never got tired of reading the Bible. He treasured the Word of God. This was very obvious in the life that he lived. He considered himself blessed and highly favored.

Jimmie is survived by the love of his life Peggy; son Gregory J. Coggins and wife Tricia of Florida; daughters, Ramona C. Willett and husband Gary of Sanford, and Marsha C. Farrell and husband Joseph “Jay” of Brevard; brother Thomas Coggin of Sanford; sisters, Jewell Stone of Sanford, Sylvia Adcock and husband Albert of Sanford, and Mollie Slate of Sanford; grandchildren, Nicholas Farrell, Diana White, Andrew Farrell, Jeremy Willett, Stephen Willett, Kasey Maness, Cameron Coggins, Riley Escalle, Lydia Coggins and Grace Coggins; 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is 1-2 p.m. Thursday at Cool Springs Baptist Church. The funeral service follows at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Matt Martin and Lee Logwood officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 1032, Sanford, NC, 27331-1032.

Online condolences can be made at www.bridgescameronfuneral