Lowell Kilmer Coffelt

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, Lowell Kilmer Coffelt, 87, of Edinburg, Virginia, passed away Sunday, Sept 11, 2022, at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

Lowell was born in 1934 at home near Edinburg, Virginia, the son of the late Melvin Coffelt and Lena Shadwell Coffelt.

After graduating from Edinburg High School in 1953, he attended VPI (Virginia Tech) and graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in vocational agriculture education. In June 1955, he married his high-school sweetheart, Patsy Fadely, and they raised their family in Leesburg, Virginia, where he taught vocational agriculture at Loudoun County High School for seven years. He also served 10 years in the National Guard and Army Reserves, and was very active in the local Lions club and Leesburg Methodist Church. After serving as assistant principal at LCHS for two years, he changed careers and began working as assistant manager at JT Hirst Lumber with his wife and two sons. He went back to teaching agriculture at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, Virginia, from 1986 until he retired in 1999.

After returning to the valley in 1981, he and Patsy became faithful members of Columbia Furnace United Methodist Church where he served as Building Committee Treasurer, Lay Leader and Trustee. He was dedicated to Gideon’s International and served as President, Vice-President and Treasurer for the local chapter. Everyone knew and loved Lowell and Patsy. Their attendance and participation was a major gift to the church and the Gideon’s. They made a difference.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Fadely Coffelt; his son, Chris C. Coffelt; and grandson, Matthew Coffelt.

He is survived by daughter, Marcia Coffelt, of Charles Town, West Virginia; son, Dale Coffelt (Cynthia), of Lovettsville, Virginia; daughter-in-law, Debbie Coffelt, of Round Hill, Virginia; brother, Daryl Coffelt (Rhoda), of Edinburg, Virginia; brother-in-law, Ray Fadely (Linda), of Edinburg, Virginia; grandson, Nathaniel Coffelt (Maggie), of Moseley, Virginia; granddaughter, Amanda Jonesi (Alexander), of Round Hill, Viginia; and two great-grandchildren, Betsey and Riggs. He is survived by several nieces, especially Lori Fadely, of Maurertown, Virginia; nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

Pallbearers were Richard Burner, Hank McCall, Dale Wetzel, Kenneth Richman, Hal Morrison and Tony George.

The funeral was held on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Columbia Furnace United Methodist Church. The Rev. Glen Early officiated the service and burial, and a fellowship followed in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gideons Memorial Bible Program, P.O. Box 755, Woodstock, VA 22664.

Online condolences can be made at www.valleyfs.com

Arrangements by Heishman Funeral Home Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch, Edinburg.

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