Athens Review, Athens, Texas


December 15, 2009

Cary Ray 'Butch' Coker

Cary Ray “Butch” Coker was born May 14, 1952, in Bay City, and passed away at the age of 57 on Dec. 13, 2009, at his home.

He had been a resident of Ben Wheeler for 11 years, formerly living in Austin. He grew up in Athens, graduating from Athens High School in 1970, and served in the US Navy. He was a musician, and played the drums for Jon Emery & The Missouri Valley Boys in Austin. He was a master electrician and a member of IBEW. He also worked in the oil field as a mudlogger for many different companies over the years. He was an avid sportsman, and loved his Longhorns and Cowboys. He loved to hunt and fish on his own little piece of Texas land.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Clanton Coker, in 1964; and his son, Kevin Ray Coker, in 2006.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Coker, of Ben Wheeler; two sons, Joey and Marshall Coker; mother, Martha Kirkwood, of Athens; sister, Karen Coker Cain, of Ben Wheeler; niece, Camille Cain Mauritzen; nephew, John Coleman Cain; and eight grandchildren.

A private family memorial service will be held for Butch Coker at his home.

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