Hugh Coggins, 92, of Salisbury, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord, Thursday, August 5, 2020, at W. G. Bill Hefner Medical Center in Salisbury, NC, from natural causes. He was a resident of Southport Memory Care Unit at the Hefner VA Facility.
He was born October 4, 1928, in Hartford, Tennessee to Melvin and Maggie (Raines) Coggins and was raised with 5 siblings. Our father was born and raised in a very rural environment in the East Tennessee mountains, lost both his parents at a very early age, helped raise and keep his family together in the early days, then set out to serve our country in the Armed Forces, and to see the world.
Hugh was a Veteran of the United States Air Force, having devoted 20 years of service beginning July 8, 1946. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, England Overseas; Montana, Wyoming, South Carolina, Louisiana, Illinois, and Texas throughout his military career. He retired from active duty with Honorable Discharge and commendations in Oct 1970 and raised his family in Asheville, NC.
Hugh was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Evelyn Wilson Coggins, a great-granddaughter, Kolbie Dawn Huneycutt, and is survived by two sons and spouses, and Melvin "Buck"& Kristi Coggins (Columbia SC), Gary & Kim Coggins (Lake Norman) & 5Grandchildren – Daniel (Lauren) Coggins, Charlie Coggins, Melanie (Bradley) Huneycutt, Justin Coggins, and Jaclyn (Brody) Littley; 5Great-Grandchildren – Callie, Robbie & Neelie Huneycutt, Ryan Littley, & Cooper Coggins. He is survived by one brother, Ben Lewis Greene of Mississippi, several nieces and nephews, and was preceded in death by 4 siblings: Claude, Carl, Reba, and Josephine.
Burial will be held at Fort Jackson National Cemetery with a full Military Funeral Honors Service at 2:00 pm, on Monday, August 16th. Fort Jackson is located in Columbia, SC, is modeled after Arlington National Cemetery, and put simply is a very special place.
The Family is extremely grateful to the W.G. Hefner Medical Center staff (Salisbury) for the care, safety and comfort extended in the latter years of life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: c/o Bldg 42 – Southport Memory Ward at Volunteer Service Office Bldg 6, W.G.Bill Hefner VA Medical Center, 1601 Brenner Avenue, Salisbury, NC 28144-2515) to support our Veterans in their time of need.
Kornegay & Moseley Funeral Home of Columbia SC, an honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Coggins family. Online condolences may be made at www.kornegayandmoseley.com.
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