Alvin Lester Coley

Published: Monday, December 16, 2013 at 09:23 PM.

Alvin Lester Coley, 73, of New Bern, died on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, after a lengthy battle with kidney disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

He was a longtime member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, where sang in the choir. He retired from Sprint in 2007 as the public relations manager for the tri-county area. He served two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot with the Marine Corps, flying medevac and KC 130s. He was a Purple Heart recipient and toured with the Blue Angels before beginning his civilian career. He liked local politics and community activities and was active on several committees, including Swiss Bear, chamber of commerce, Rotary Club and Committee of 100.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Tabernacle Baptist Church, New Bern.

He is survived by his wife, Amber B. Coley; one son George Clarence Coley of New Bern; one brother, E.Y. Coley Jr. of Buford, Ga.; and one sister, Georgialee Thomas, of Rex, Ga.

The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to the N.C. Alzheimer’s Association or the National Kidney Foundation.

Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory, New Bern.

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