Richard Amis Coker Jr.

Dec 10, 2013

1958 — 2013

MAGGIE VALLEY —  Richard Amis Coker Jr., 55, of Maggie Valley passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at his home.

Born in Germany Oct. 13, 1958, he was the son of Judy Alexander Coker of Maggie Valley and the late Richard Amis Coker.  He was an alumnus of Appalachian State University where he received a B.A. in business management.  Mr. Coker was the sole owner of Coker Construction and was one of many co-owners and operators of the family business, Cataloochee Ranch.  He was a member of the Maggie Valley United Methodist Church, and was an active board member of both the Cataloochee Ranch and South Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, as well as a prior member of the Cataloochee Ski Resort of which he was an avid skier.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter, Melinda Coker of Maggie Valley; sisters, Judy B. Sutton and husband, Sammy, and Mary Coker all of Maggie Valley, and neices and nephews, Lucinda Sutton, Matthew Sutton, and Alexia Trull.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 14, at Maggie Valley United Methodist Church with the family receiving friends an hour prior to the service. A celebration will be held at Cataloochee Ranch immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in his memory to the charity of your choose.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Charles Carroll ThomasII,MD,FACRO | Dec 11, 2013 09:31

Richard was a true southern gentleman and a friend to all. I will miss him alot. Charles Thomas

Posted by: The Animal Hospital of Waynesville | Dec 12, 2013 09:21

I've known Richard most of my life.... My best memories were of him when we were both in Pony Club and riding horses together sometimes in Cataloochee valley or at the ranch.  In high school, he could leave me far behind him as he flew by on the ski slope.  As an adult, I recall his sorrow as I euthanized a beloved pet for him and Shelley at their home on the ranch, and the grave he had dug upon a sunny slope.  I'm sorry to hear of his death and wish I could be at the receiving to express this to the Judys, Shelley, Melinda, Mary, and the rest of the family, but this tribute will have to suffice.  Rest easy, Richard.

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