- March 8, 1947 - February 21, 2013
- La Grange, North Carolina
of Charles Ray's Passing
- Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Pitt Community College Foundation, P.O. Drawer 7007, Greenville, NC 27835.
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“I did not know this gentleman personally, but as I read the obituary, it sounds his life made the lives of many others richer. May he now & forever...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Clinton Dickens - Snow Hillv, NC
“From one Vietnam Veteran to another I want to say I will always remember you for the sacrifice you made in serving your country. May God bless you...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Al Furbush - Greenville, NC
“Charles was a member of the first basketball team at Pitt Community College which was organized in 1970. I was the coach of the team and could't...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Robert Turner - Zebulon, NC
“My heart and prayers for comfort for all of you in this deep loss. I went to school with Charles at BFHS and got to know him in his younger years. ...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Linda Stancill Buck - GREENVILLE, NC
“Thoughts and prayers for the family. Charles will be missed
5 of 10 | Posted by: Kim Smith - Grimesland, NC
“Wanda and family,
Our prayers and love go to you and the family. May God bless you and comfort you during these coming days.
James and Linda Stepps...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: James and Linda Stepps - NC
“Our condolences to all of the family for Charles will be greatly missed.
7 of 10 | Posted by: Wilbert & Linda Heath & Family - LA
“Charles is a true American hero! It was a privledge to have spent so much time with him on the ball field. I was blessed to have him provide me...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Eric Lucas - Lees summit, MO
“Wanda we are so sorry for your loss. We at Murrays will really miss Coach. I am so glad that I have one of his CD's. I will cherish this for ever. ...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Linda Hagood - Lagrange, NC
“Out prayers & thoughts are with you Cam & all of your family. Charles left a legacy that all of you can be proud of. Having known him since high...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Pat & Kim Bundy - NC
Charles R. Coburn
La Grange-Charles Ray Coburn, fondly known as Coach Coburn passed away Thursday, February 21, 2013 with his family by his side. Born the son of Paul Coburn and Louise Heath O'Mary, on March 8, 1947, Charles was destined to a lifetime of service through sacrifice and commitment. From high school, he entered the US Navy and was severely injured while serving in Vietnam. Charles was awarded the Purple Heart among many medals. Following his military career, Coach Coburn lived a life most sports enthusiasts only dream of. "Can't" was not an option and sacrifice was the rule. Today, Pitt Community College is richly blessed with "The Charles Coburn Center" along with a vibrant, active and committed athletic program, due in part to "Coach's" efforts. Through his dedication and love for sports, Charles leaves behind a legacy entrusted to those his life has impacted. Charles umpired for 41 years in eastern NC and he umpired three Babe Ruth World Series. Charles coached basketball at Pitt Community College from 1973-1975, and served the college again as the Head Basketball Coach and Athletic Director from 1982-1994.
A service of remembrance for Coach Coburn will be held Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 3 p.m. from Rouse Funeral Home with Rev. Gerald Fowler and Rev. Cameron Coburn officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.
Coach Coburn is survived by his wife, Wanda Sutton Coburn; six children, Bridget Rice of Falkland, Cameron Coburn and wife, Lori of Farmville, Chuck Coburn and wife, Heidi of Farmville, Krissy Coburn of Texarkana, TX, Leigh Kunclrs and husband, Shawn of Willow Springs and Irene Coburn of Grifton; three brothers, Paul Coburn and wife, Claire of Chilli Cothe, OH, Herbert Coburn and wife, Wanda of Texarkana, TX and Edward Coburn and wife, Sue of Winterville; sister, Sharon White and husband, Tim of Farmville; step-son, Curtis Sutton and wife, Robin of La Grange; thirteen grandchildren with another due in March; one great-grandchild; step daughter-in-law, Malissa Sutton of Grifton; special grandmother, Hazel Skinner of La Grange; his faithful and beloved pastor, Rev. Gerald Fowler; and his pets, Rusty and A.J. In addition to his parents, Coach was preceded in death by a special son, Ronnie Sutton; and two siblings, Allen Coburn and Christine O'Mary.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at Rouse Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home of Cameron and Lori Coburn, 3363 North Waverly Street, Farmville. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com. Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Pitt Community College Foundation, P.O. Drawer 7007, Greenville, NC 27835. Arrangements are with Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.