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Updated: 01/27/2014 03:00:01PM

Donald R. Coker

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Donald R. “Hobo” Coker, 83, lifelong resident of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.

He was born in Arcadia, Sept. 24, 1930, to Kirby and Charity E. Hunt Coker.

Donald attended school in DeSoto County and soon after, married the beautiful, Yvonne E. “Bonnie” Albritton. Together they raised five children. He was a self-employed carpenter and helped build the high school in Clewiston, as well as the First Baptist Church of Arcadia. Donald was a workaholic and always stayed busy and nothing pleased him more than seeing others doing the same. He would spend hours after work and on weekends piddling around the house.

Donald enjoyed hunting, oystering, fishing and raising worms. “The Worm Man” sold worms by the Arcadia Fairgrounds for many years and gave him the opportunity to meet new people and visit with old friends. Donald was a very loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He is survived by a son, Barry Lynn (Colleen) Brown; daughters, Donna (James) Davis and Carol (Sean) Ware; nine grandchildren, Richard Finnemore, George Brown, Angela Brown, Shannan Lloyd, James C. Davis Jr., Michelle Gonzalez, James Brown, Robert Brown and Vickie Brown; and numerous great-grandchildren. Donald was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Bonnie Coker in 1991; son, George Dewayne Brown; daughter, Jeannie Casady; and his parents.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at the Brownville Baptist Church, Brownville Community, Arcadia. Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger Kays Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.

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