W. Archie Coffman

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William Archie Coffman Jr, 79, died January 21, 2022, in Lexington, Kentucky. Born June 25, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, he was the son of the late William Archie Coffman Sr. and Sara Ellen Robertson Coffman. Archie graduated from Junction City High School in 1961 and was a lifelong resident of Junction City. He began cutting hair at the age of fourteen in his father\'s barber shop and graduated from Barber School in Louisville, Ky. In 1962. Archie started his announcing career at the Airport Speedway in Junction City, Ky. In 1972, he was instrumental in the building and promoting of the Ponderosa Speedway, where he was the manager and announcer. In 1976, he took over his family\'s general store, which is now known as Coffman\'s Little Mall and soon added the Trophy and Tire Shop. His demolition derby career started in 1977 at the Bluegrass Fair in Lexington, Kentucky, which led to the formation of Coffman\'s Production Company, a motorsports production company which included monster trucks, truck pulls, demolition derbies, mud slings, and tractor pulls throughout Kentucky. In 1978, Archie began his auctioneering career, which continued throughout his life. He also had an extensive announcing career with Pro Shows Incorporated doing motorsports throughout the Eastern United States. Most recently he was an announcer and emcee for TNT Truck and Tractor pull. Archie was a Kentucky legend, a colorful character, with many catch phrases he used as an announcer and will be remembered by such as \"Get Back Bumperjack\" and \"He\'s Tough, he\'s Monster Tough!\" He was loved by many, will be forgotten by none and was tough to the end. Archie was the proud owner of Coffman\'s Little Acres, the family farm. He loved fishing and most of all he loved his family. He will forever be missed. Archie is survived by his daughter, Petrina Ann Coffman (James Roy) Pope, of Greenfield, Tenn. and his son, Archie (Julie) Coffman III, of Junction City, Ky; two grandchildren, James Joseph Coffman (Jessica) Pope and Sara Ann Elizabeth Pope; his brother, Donald Bruce (Sharon) Coffman; his sister, Patricia Coffman McGuire, both of Junction City; many nieces and nephews; and a very loved and special friend of the family, Milton LeFevers of Junction City and Rick Slaughter of Hopkinsville, KY. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Ann Upton Coffman; two sisters, Jewel Katherine Coffman (Earl) Baker and Maxie Coffman Gilmer; and four brothers who died as infants. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm, Friday, January 28, 2022 at First Baptist Church, Junction City. and from 11 – 2 p.m. Saturday prior to the funeral service. The funeral service will be at 2 pm, Saturday, January 29, 2022. Rev Clifford Neat and Rev. James Heard will officiate. Burial will be in the Junction City Cemetery. The active pallbearers will be Jacob High, Scottie Upton, Joseph Coffman Pope, James Roy Pope, Joe Douglas, Hunter Anderson, Willie Baker, Eli Anderson, Todd Coffman, Jerry High III, Jason Fortner and James Vaughn. The honorary pallbearers will be all his nephews, all his great-nephews, John Ison, Earl “Tidlums” Baker, Eddie Moore, all his loafing Buddies at COFFMAN’s Little Mall, Mike Matthews, Donald “Woody” Woodrum, Big Jim McGirr, TNT Family, Robert Hamlin, Karl Luttrell, David Starkey, Bobby Myers, Jay Bruner, Larry Jaggers, Bill Barber, Calvin Wise, John Spath, Jimmy Spath, Allen Pezo, and Charlie Perry. Memorial donations are suggested to the Junction City Elementary School playground fund. Please sign the online guestbook and send a Hugs from Home card to Hugs@stithcares.com. Visitation: Friday, January 28, 2022: 4 - 7 p.m. First Baptist Church, Junction City Saturday, January 29, 2022: 11-2 p.m. First Baptist Church, Junction City Funeral Service: Saturday, January 29, 2022: 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, Junction City

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  1. Archie Thank you for always being so kind and loving to my family, I loved you and your personality and your smile and the Big Heart you had for so many, our community will not be the same without you . I know your having a Big time in Heaven with all your family and friends . My prayers are with your children and family prayers for comfort for the days to come without you ..

  2. Sending sincere condolence to all of the family. I spent a lot of my life knowing and growing up with Archie and Donnie . Sheila and I will always remember the good times and all of the laughs we shared. Our children would not go anywhere else , but only let Archie cut their hair. Our whole family loved Archie and Tootie so much. We know how much Donnie will miss Big Arch ! May God hold all of you in his loving arms. Love Always , Larry & Sheila Claunch Cox & Helen Claunch

  3. Archie was a great friend and barber. Tom enjoyed his trips to get hair cut but most important was the sharing of stories and good times. Prayers for the family during this difficult time.

  4. Archie, who I always knew as Junior, was a fixture in my childhood ( my family lived across the street). Remembering his big, colorful personality makes me grin to this day. Comfort to the Coffman family as they grieve. Smiles and laughter as they remember life with Archie.

  5. Archie was and will always be the face of junction!!! Always had a smile and a happy comment for everyone!!!! So full of happiness!!! His kindness too my father will always hold dear too me my dad charlie, kayo,boone owens loved Archie like a brother. They shared so much laughter, life together both business and recreation. My dad and brother ( David) loved going too the barber shop . I’m certain they will share joy in heaven. Many prayers,blessings too his beautiful family . God bless

  6. Dear family, We will all miss Uncle Archie. So many memories throughout my lifetime. May you feel the peace of Christ as you walk this final journey with your daddy. He was proud of all of you & you made him happy. Big hugs and lots of love.

  7. Archie was an amazing man! Archie and Tootie gave me a job at the trophy shop where I helped for several years and I was always treated like a member of the family. Great people! Archie will be missed greatly. I know he’s with tootie now and I’m sure they are rejoicing together. Prayers and love to Petrina and little Archie and the family

  8. My deepest sympathies to the Coffman family. It has been said that a person doesn’t die as long as the living continue say their name. If that is true then Junior will live forever. He was such a huge personality that he will be missed by many for a long time to come.

  9. I remember when Archie came to Shelby City, We had many fun times as kids playing with electric trains and toys, Archie was always witty and fun to be with. My thoughts and prayers for Archie\\\’s loved ones at this difficult time. Love you all, God Bless

  10. Archie will be missed by many…he was a jolly fellow who loved the big deal. Never met a stranger and if you were one of his buddies he would support you like no one. Petronas I know you will miss him dearly. His and your mom\’s smile would fill up a room. Would love to have an address. Take care.

  11. Archie you are a great friend who will be missed forever and a wonderful barber also I never seen you without a smile you will be missed my friend

  12. Archie, perhaps more than anyone else was Junction City. I remember him for haircuts, racetrack announcing, etc. I remember his mother and father also.

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