Coffman, Virgil A.

Longtime Chiropractor Was U.S. Army Veteran

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Virgil Coffman
Virgil Coffman

Dr. Virgil A. Coffman, Jr. (Dr. Art) was called home to be with the Lord on May 8, 2018.

He was born and raised in Independence, Mo., at his grandma’s house on Dec. 20, 1937. He was a proud Army veteran. He attended Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, MO (CCCKC) and graduated in 1975, when he opened his first chiropractic office in Kansas City. His oldest son, Kevin, joined him in practice in 1984. He and his family moved to Chattanooga in 1992, where he was later joined by his son, Joe and daughter, Nicole, and their spouses in practice until all of the children eventually opened their own practices. His wish was always to practice until it was his time to move on to his heavenly home and he got his wish. He took care of patients in his office on Monday and he passed away on Tuesday morning.

Dr. Art had many professional accomplishments. He served on the board (including holding the office of president of the board) and taught classes at CCCKC, past president of the Life Foundation Board, taught post-graduate seminars, member of and Tennessee Representative of the International Chiropractor’s Association (ICA), received the inaugural presentation of the Herman Ballard Award, was on the cover of “Today’s Chiropractic” magazine, owner/operator of chiropractic offices in Kansas City, Mo and Chattanooga, and speaker at his children’s (Joe and Nicole) graduation from Life University.

Dr. Art wore many hats. He was the patriarch of his immediate and extended family, a chiropractor of 43 years, held many leadership roles in his church, including officiating many wedding and funerals, and a loving friend. Beginning in high school choir, he had a lifetime love of singing, including the honor of performing at many weddings and funerals.

His greatest passion was serving his fellow man through chiropractic. Thank you to all of his patients that allowed him to live this dream of service. We also want to thank all fellow chiropractors who lent an ear and desired to learn from him. In addition to healing, he absolutely loved teaching.

He leaves behind to remember him his wife of 47 years, Judith K. (Sims) Coffman; his children, Kim Campbell, Kevin Coffman, Joe Coffman (Lisa), and Nicole Cole (Dan), Art will also be fondly remembered by his grandchildren; Chelsea (Chris), Nehemiah, Samantha, Benjamin, Isaiah, Olivia, and Sydney and great-grandchild; Paisley; his siblings, Sondra Green, Alice Manbeck, Jerry Coffman, and Gracie Dahl. He will also be remembered by countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family and dear friends.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 12-4 p.m. at Chattanooga Funeral Home North Chapel, Hixson, with a service immediately following. All are welcome to participate in this celebration of his life.


Combs, James Calvin

Blevins, Edith Michelle

Moore, James "Pete" L.


James Calvin Combs, 90, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, February 18, 2019. He had lived in the Chattanooga area for most of his life, and was of the Baptist faith. He served his country in ... (click for more)

Edith Michelle Blevins, 56, of Rossville, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Born July 21, 1962, she was the daughter of Thomas Gerald and Norma Jean Crook. Michelle ... (click for more)

James “Pete” L. Moore, 79, of Rossville, passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway. (click for more)


Obituaries

Combs, James Calvin

James Calvin Combs, 90, of Chattanooga, passed away Monday, February 18, 2019. He had lived in the Chattanooga area for most of his life, and was of the Baptist faith. He served his country in the Navy before retiring in 1965, and was then employed with American National Insurance Company as a district manager before retiring in 1991, after more than 20 years of service. He was ... (click for more)

Blevins, Edith Michelle

Edith Michelle Blevins, 56, of Rossville, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Born July 21, 1962, she was the daughter of Thomas Gerald and Norma Jean Crook. Michelle graduated from Lookout Valley School. She was an employee at Orange Grove. She was of the Baptist faith, and was raised in Highland Park Baptist Church. Michelle was preceded in death ... (click for more)

Area Obituaries

Skelton, Evelyn (Chickamauga)

Evelyn Skelton, 87, of Chickamauga, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at her residence. Evelyn had lived most of her life in Chickamauga. She was a homemaker who took pride in her hard work. She loved her family, working in the yard, mowing the lawn, gardening, and enjoying what the outdoors had to offer. She was preceded in death by her husband, ... (click for more)

Peters, Vernie (Dalton)

Vernie Peters, age 74, of Dalton, Georgia, departed this life Thursday February 21, 2019 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Arrangements are by locally owned and operated Ponders Melrose Chapel, Dalton, GA. (706) 226-4002. (click for more)

Breaking News

Hamilton County Schools Closed On Friday; Other Schools Announce Closings Or Delays

Hamilton County Schools will be closed on Friday due to the amount of rain that has fallen in the last few hours and the amount expected between now and tomorrow. School-age child care will be open at seven locations from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. to assist parents. The locations for child care are: Battle Academy, East Brainerd Elementary, East Ridge Elementary, Harrison Elementary, ... (click for more)

City Report Says Ballard Had Pattern Of Sexual Harassment Over Female Trainees; Attorney Says He Looks Forward To Returning To Work

A city report says an instructor over police academies had a pattern of sexual harassment against female cadets. Two female trainees initially filed the complaint against instructor Ricky Ballard. Ballard was suspended earlier this month for 160 hours without pay over the sexual allegations. Four female cadets said they received unwanted hugs from Ballard. They said Ballard ... (click for more)