June 25, 1942 - January 21, 2022
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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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.