Tahlequah Daily Press


January 30, 2014

Alan Charles Coke

TAHLEQUAH — A 2 p.m. memorial service will be held for Alan Charles Coke, 62 of Gore, at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2401 S. 57th St., Temple, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 1. Rev. Thom Lamb will officiate.

Alan was born March 14, 1951 to Jack E. Coke and Anna Belle Justus Coke in Ponca City and was deceased Saturday, Jan. 25 in Gore.

He attended school in Tonkawa and graduated from C.E. Donart High School, Stillwater, in 1969. He attended Oklahoma State University prior to joining the U.S. Air Force in 1970 and was stationed at Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, Miss.; he attained the rank of Master Sergeant and was a trained boiler maker. He graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma State University with a degree in Industrial Technology. He was an engineer for Georgia Pacific Corporation in Muskogee from 1976 until his retirement in 2013. He enjoyed the hobbies of carpentry and golf.

He was married to Barbara Blackstock formerly of Stillwater, in 1969 and later divorced. He married Tina McCoy, formerly of Vian, and resided in Gore.

They had two sons, Kyle Andrew Coke of Fort Gibson, and Jason Edward Coke of Neodesha, Kan. They later divorced.

His father, Jack E. Coke, preceded him in death. He is survived by his two sons; mother, Anna Coke Leach and stepfather Franklin Leach of Temple, Texas; brother, Barry Coke of Stillwater; sister, Carol Coke Huddle and husband Robert Huddle of Belton, Texas; stepsister, Carolyn Leach and husband Richard Procter of Sierra Madre, Calif.; stepsister, Janet Weiss and husband Troy Weiss of Anchorage, Alaska; and stepsister, Barbara Perkins and husband James Douglas Perkins of Edmond; as well as 11 nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 841125, Dallas, Texas 75284-1125, phone: (800) 242-8721, or https://www.heart.org.

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