His love now is to hear his family members showcase their talents — his son Kenneth Cofer’s girls singing, Kenny Jr. singing and playing the guitar, Lavonne Cofer singing and playing the piano or the great-grandchildren showing off their many talents.
Cofer celebrated his 96th birthday on Sept. 30. The Bradley County native was born in 1917 to Claude and Delia Wooden Cofer in Bradley County. He had one sister, the late DeEtta Cofer Moles.
Cofer moved to Meigs County when he was young with his mother and lived with his grandfather, Frank Wooden, while his dad served in World War l. His Grandpa Wooden became his best friend during this time, he said.
He was always a very hard worker. He was the child — literally — who walked three miles to school and back home everyday. He worked in sawmills, rock quarries and then started working at the Caviler Cooperation in the 1950s.
After dating her five years, he married the love of his life, Lennie Shahan, on Aug. 2, 1941. He said he knew from the beginning she was the one and “loved her so much,” he would even ride a mule to go see her. She died in 1996, but he and his bride had three children: Lavonne Cofer who was married to the late Rev. Joe Whitaker; Lloyd Cofer Jr., who married Darlene Harden; and Kenneth Cofer who married Deborah Powers.
Ten grandchildren were the joy of the Cofers: the late Robin Whitaker; Darrell and his wife, Michelle; Nathan Cofer and his wife, Holly; Benjamin Cofer; Jana Cofer Edwards and her husband, Eric; Tara Cofer Rievley and her husband, Mark; the late Kenna Cofer Ledford; Sharon Cofer Welch and her husband; Timothy; Rebekah Cofer Szpur and her husband, Sean; and Dana Cofer Gregory and her husband, Joshua.
In addition, they were then “blessed with 22 great-grandchildren.” A great-granddaughter-in-law and great-grandson-in-law were added this past year.
The nonagenarian contributes a long life to hard work, but most importantly “serving our Lord and Savior.” He was saved at home when he was in his teens, and was a member of Oak Grove Church of God most of his life.
If you ask him what he wants now, his only answer is “for all of my loved ones, friends and family to be saved and make it to heaven one day.”
Cofer still lives in the same home he raised his family in with his great-grandson, Terry Ledford, who makes sure he is taken care of daily and all of his needs are met.
He says he is ready to go when the good Lord calls him, but as long as he is here, he wants to spend his time with the ones he loves most — his family and dearest friends.