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Donald D. Coordes

Published 12:10am Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Aug. 28, 1924 – Jan. 12, 2013

Donald D. Coordes, age 88, passed away peacefully at his home in Wake Forest, on January 12, 2013. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, August 28, 1924, son of the late Charles J. Coordes and Margaret King Coordes. He was predeceased by his mother-in-law Lillian Paul. He served four years in the Navy during World War II. He had many interests, including flying and race cars. He had attained his private pilot’s license and also liked to race his midget race car on weekends.  Don worked for the N&W Railway in Roanoke, VA, before moving to Raleigh to take a position with the NC Utilities Commission. He was Asst. Dir. of the NCDMV Enforcement Section of the Dept. of Transportation (where the Utilities Comm. was later transferred). During his working years and after retirement he was an Auxiliary Police Officer in Wake Forest and served a term as Auxiliary Chief. He was also an active member of other organizations, including: State Defense Militia, US Service Command, Sons of the American Revolution, American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans where he received numerous honors and certificates.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn, who was the “love of his life” for 48 years and his two daughters Kristy Seaboch (Mark) and Karen Rosa (Brian); five grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Pa Pa” — Max Guest, and Mitchell, Haley, Ashlyn, and Spencer Seaboch. Other survivors include extended family members Neel Guest and Vera Fleming (his loving caregiver).
Visitation will be at Bright Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 16, 1:00-3:00 p.m. followed by the funeral in the Chapel at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Jamie Dew officiating.
Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Hospice, 3200 Spring Forest Rd., Ste. 201, Raleigh, NC 27616 or the charity of one’s choice.
The family is being served by Bright Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest, NC. (919) 556-5811.

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