The Obituary for Mr. Wayne O’Neal Cooksey (LEE & CHAMBERS COUNTY)


Wayne O’Neal Cooksey (Coach Cooksey) went to be with our Lord and Savior on December 7, 2019 after an extended illness. Mr. Cooksey was born to Carrol Mae Story and Woodfin Brewer Cooksey in 1937 in Fairfax, Alabama. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings: Janette Hilton, Janelle Reinitz and Roger Cooksey; and his great grandson Kamren Cole. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Loma Janney Cooksey; daughters: Donna (David) Wallis, Robbin Birmingham and Kelsi Cooksey Birmingham; granddaughters: Erin Birmingham and Mallory Wallis; great grandsons: Dominique (Bubba) Key, Jr., Skyler Key and Kashton Dickson.

Mr. and Mrs. Cooksey mentored several Auburn University students who quickly became like family including Brian and Kim Owen and their children Sally Grace and Mack. Also mentored were Steven and Caanan Tully and their children Jack, Samuel and Nathan.

Mr. Cooksey served in the United States Air Force retiring in 1976. In 1980 he began teaching and coaching at Auburn Junior High, Chambers County High, Lafayette High, Valley High and finally at Opelika High. He progressed to a position as Assistant Principal at Opelika High. Finally, he worked at the Central Administrative Office for the City of Opelika schools where he retired.

Visitation will begin at 1:00pm, Thursday, December 12th followed by a memorial service at 2:00pm, at First Baptist Church of Opelika with Dr. Mike King officiating.

Mr. Cooksey will be missed by family, friends and many former students. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to one of the following:

The Knee High Foundation
Attn: Anthony Bryant
1503 Harper Street
Opelika, AL 36801

Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch
174 Samford Drive
Camp Hill, AL 36850

Opelika First Baptist Church
301 S 8th Street
Opelika, AL 36801
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home and Crematory directing.