Jessie Theo “Theo” Coffee (Tillman)


(July 16, 1936 – August 5, 2019)

Jessie ‘Theo’ Tillman Coffee, 83, of Stephenville, passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019, in Stephenville

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, August 9th at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Howard Martin officiating. A private family burial will take place next to her loving husband of 49 years, David O. Coffee after the conclusion of services. A public visitation will be 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday at Stephenville Funeral Home.

The world became blessed on July 16, 1936 when Theo was born in Kerens, Texas. She was the youngest of five daughters born to John Cureton and Jessie Myrtle Marshall-Tillman. At the age of four her family moved to Blooming Grove, Texas after the death of her father. She inherited the ‘Texas tough’ spirit from her mother, who raised five daughters in difficult times. Theo and her older sisters helped by picking cotton in the afternoons after school. After graduation from Kerens High School, she then attended Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas where she met the love of her life at a dance. Theo married David Coffee on August 10, 1956. The couple then moved to Austin where David attended the University of Texas followed by Department of Public Safety Academy. They moved to Stephenville in 1961. Theo was a bookkeeper, and retired from the county in 1996.

Theo was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was a member of the UMW, Bertha Cox, and Cum Dubl Sunday School Class. She enjoyed years being actively involved in her church and loved being with her family and friends.

Theo was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David; four sisters, Bertha Mae and her husband, Ordway Ferrell, Lottie Cureton and her husband Allen Allbritton, Geneva Odessa Tillman, and Annie Katherine and her husband Hobson Tramel; and a grandson, Trey Adams.

Theo will be greatly missed, but lovingly remembered by her family and friends. Theo is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Adams of Stephenville; granddaughters, Lauren Adams Saxon and husband Brandon of Bluff Dale, and Kristy Adams Everett and husband Rett of Fort Worth; six great grandchildren, Tristian Saxon, Harper Saxon, Jessie Saxon, and Tanner Saxon, Graham Everett and Hudson Everett.

The Coffee family wishes to thank the many friends and neighbors who gave their love and support to their sweet mother and grandmother.

The Coffee family also wishes expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to the First United Methodist Church.

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