Dr. Jerry Clyde Coker, 78, of Greenville, passed away suddenly after a long illness at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, on Dec. 16, 2013.
Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8:00 p.m. at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home, with a memorial to be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Paul Gould will officiate.
Dr. Coker was born on July 23, 1935, in Greenville to Clyde W. and Catherine Moore Coker. He graduated from Greenville Sr. High School, received his bachelor of arts from East Texas State Teachers College in 1956, with the goal of becoming a teacher. Instead he decided to go on to medical school, graduating in 1960 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. In 1961 he completed his internship at the USAF Hospital at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio. As a captain, he served the USAF from 1961 to 1964 as a flight surgeon in the Strategic Air Command, in Fairbanks, Alaska. He treated pilots of reconnaissance planes such as the U-2 and flew refueling missions for nuclear armed B-52 bombers circling the perimeters of Russia. The RC 135 aircraft, an electronic reconnaissance plane, had been outfitted with advanced electronics by E-Systems in Greenville, and occasionally he hopped a flight to Greenville when one of these planes required maintenance.
After military service, he retuned to Dallas where he completed a residency in Ob-gyn at Baylor University Medical Center in 1967, and was certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in November of 1969. After returning to Greenville to practice medicine with Dr. Truett Crim, he delivered over 6,000 babies within blocks of where he was born. He had the pleasure of watching many of his babies grow up and many times as they entered adolescence, a few parents had asked if they could give them back.
He is survived by his wife, Kim, whom he married on Jan. 18, 1986; his children, Dana Coker of McKinney, Julie Coker and husband Mike Kisselburgh and their children Lauren and Ross of Argyle, Shannon Buncher and husband Doug and their children Natalie and Mason of Plano, Amanda Robinson and her children Bethany and Lucian of Dallas, Chad Robinson of Allen, Jessica Robinson of Dallas, and his niece Kerri Zschappel and husband Kenneth and their children, Melanie, Scott and Abbey of Fredericksburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Miles Coker, brother Gaylon Coker, and sister Phyllis Coker.
He was chief of OB a number of times, in addition to being chief of staff in 1999-2000 at Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville. He was also a member of the Texas Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other related organizations. He truly loved the members of his wine-tasting group “The Grapenuts” who met most of his adult life. He was also a member of the prestigious “Commanderies de Bordeaux.” He was on the board of directors of the Greenville Entertainment Series and Dallas Symphony Series of Greenville and past board member and treasurer of the F. L. Young Foundation.
Dr. Coker loved fast cars, collecting wine, photography, and always said his ideal vacation would be anywhere with his wife. He was a history buff, and always had something to read in front of him. He loved San Francisco and any place by the ocean. He loved birds and his cat Blue. But most of all, he loved all his patients, and it was important to him to make sure they got the best care available. Being a perfectionist enabled him to do this. Always looking for the perfection, he is now with the Perfect One.
Donations may be made in his honor to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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