Amos Coffey, retired AZSBC staff member, dies

Jan 4, 2021

Amos Coffey

Amos V. Coffey, retired Arizona Southern Baptist Convention staff member, died Dec. 23. He was 93.

“Amos Coffey had an amazing ministry career spanning over six decades!” said David Johnson, Arizona Southern Baptist Convention executive director. “Every church he served grew to reach more people for the Lord. He served on the staff of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention on three different occasions, being instrumental each time in helping churches reach more people with the gospel. Even in retirement, he helped turn churches around as an interim pastor.”

Coffey began his lifetime of ministry at Olivet Baptist Church in Wichita, Kansas. In 50-plus years of ministry he served numerous churches in Kansas, Florida, Missouri and Arizona, as well as serving with the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention.

Coffey served twice on the staff of First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix and was pastor of First Baptist Church of Apache Junction. In addition, he served a number of churches in Arizona and Missouri as interim pastor.

With the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention, at various times he served as director of the church administration and discipleship development department, director of the language missions department and associate director of evangelism and director of stewardship.

Coffey’s heart and passion was personal evangelism, and he touched many lives during the course of his life. He was known as a prayer warrior for many and never ceased sharing his faith and love of God.

“Amos was a soul winner and was always sharing Jesus with others,” Johnson said. “There are and will be many people in heaven because of Amos Coffey!”

Coffey was born in Pontiac, Mo., August 23, 1927, to Bert and Ollie Coffey and was one of eight children.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1946 and later became a part of the Army Air Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1948 and soon married his first wife, Evelyn Coleman, in Arkansas. He is survived by four of their children: Judy Antrim of Arizona, Patricia Morris (Scott) of Missouri, Becky Hallman of Arizona, and Chaplain Major Kent Coffey (Kristine) of Kansas, as well as 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

After the death of  his first wife, Coffey married Louise Hamblin in 1969. Together, they began a blended family with four more children, all of whom live in Arizona: Vicki Hamblin (Jerome) , Diana Scott (Greg) , Terri Cluff (Rick) and Harold Hamblin (Jodie). He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Amos and Louise also had one son, Timothy Brent Coffey. Louise passed away in 2000.

Coffey married Dorothy Fulton in 2001. He is survived by Dorothy and her children:  William Fowler Fulton Jr (Karena), Gregory Fyfe Fulton, Joe Michael Fulton (Amy) and Stephen Melvin Fulton (Shelly), 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

A private family service of celebration and burial was held on Dec. 29.

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