Edwin “Eddie” L. Coker, Jr., 77, of Elgin, died on Saturday, January 2, 2021. Born in Columbia, on August 14, 1943, he was a son of the late Edwin L. Coker, Sr. and Mazellee Hutchinson Coker.

Mr. Coker retired from the Columbia Fire Department after over 20 years of service. Mr. Coker was a good friend and would always help anyone he could, even on a moment’s notice. An active member of Anchor Baptist Church, Mr. Coker often would call and check on the church’s shut-ins. He also proudly took care of the church grounds and maintenance. He loved yard work and helping take care of other’s grass.

Survivors include his wife, Veda Inez Aldrich Coker; daughters, Brenda S. Coker, Theresa E. Coker; son, Michael E. Coker; grandsons, Benjamin M. “Ben” Coker and Austin H. Coker. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Charles Wallace.

The funeral service for Mr. Coker will be held at 11 o’clock, Wednesday, January 6th at Anchor Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Kirchinger officiating. Burial will follow the service in Alpine Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 10 o’clock. Please note that seating is limited due to Covid and masks are required. Social distancing will be enforced to maintain a safe environment for all. A livestream may be viewed by visiting his tribute page at ShivesFuneralHome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Anchor Baptist Church Building Fund, 418 N. Brickyard Rd., Columbia, SC, 29223, or to The American Cancer Society, 200 Center Point Cir, Ste. #100, Columbia, SC, 29210.

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