James Coefield Jr-4-1-2022

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memorial page for 

James H. Coefield Jr.

January 5, 1954
~ March 27, 2022

OBITUARY

SERVICE DETAILS

VISITATION- Friday 4-1-2022
Lawson Funeral Home & Cremation Services
243 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

FUNERAL SERVICE - Saturday 4-2-2022
Calvary Lighthouse
1133 E. County Line Rd.
Lakewood, NJ 08701
10:00 AM
Viewing:  9:00AM-10:00AM prior to service

ENTOMBMENT
Ocean County Memorial Park Cemetery
1722 Silverton Rd.
Toms River, NJ 08753

James H. Coefield, Jr. was born to Carrie Verdena Coefield on January 5, 1954, in Buffalo, New York.  Jimmy, as he was affectionately known, and his family relocated to Lakewood, New Jersey in 1955 where he was a student in the Lakewood school system and resided in the legendary Kennedy Apartment complex.

During his youth, Jimmy excelled in football and baseball and was a member of Lakewood’s championship little league team in 1966 while also developing an interest in local and national civic activism.  As a student-leader in Lakewood High School, Jimmy spearheaded a protest regarding a lack of representation of Black professionals in the high school under the banner of the Black liberation flag.  As a result of his effort, the first Black ombudsman in the Lakewood School District, Thomas Ross, Sr., began his tenure with the school system in 1971.  Jimmy graduated Lakewood High School in 1972.

He went on to attend North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, where he developed many long-lasting friendships and relationships.  Most notable of these was with a young lady from Four Oaks, North Carolina -- the former Pamela Poston.  The two were married on September 30, 1978, at Hickory Grove Disciples of Christ Church in Four Oaks and to this union were born two children: Nikia and Rah’saan, whom he considered his greatest accomplishments.

Jimmy continued his studies at Philadelphia Wireless Technical Institute (“PWTI”) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and went on to receive licensure through the federal communications commission (“FCC”).  He was a featured DJ on radio stations at PWTI and Brookdale College in Lincroft, New Jersey.

Jimmy was also the owner of Dimensions Unlimited Disco Experience (D.U.D.E.), a full-service music business, and a popular DJ for weddings and other events around the Jersey Shore and along the east coast.  He was known for his effortless music blending abilities as well as his dry-ice fog machine, allowing newlyweds to be pictured dancing on a cloud, which was a sought-after special effect in the 1980s and 90s.  Jimmy was known for entertaining in his custom nightclub in the basement of his home on Medina Road as well as his very effective Long Island Iced Tea recipe.

He held several positions at Jersey Central Power & Light (“JCP&L”) working his way up from meter-reader and eventually retiring as a Senior Relay Technician in 2014.

In retirement, Jimmy continued to pursue his love of music.  As the CEO of Ebony Maze Productions, Jimmy  promoted jazz concerts featuring world-renowned artists including Boney James, Maysa, Hiroshima, Angela Bofill, Oli Silk, and Najee at the historic Strand Theatre and Lakewood Terrace.

In the Lakewood Community, Jimmy will be remembered for being a mentor and role model to young men, particularly those who shared his experience of being the son of a single mother.  He was a dedicated Pop Warner football coach, and supporter of Lakewood High School football. He was also a member of  the Lakewood NAACP  and looked forward to “working the door” at the Annual Freedom Fund Banquet.

He took pride in maintaining his lawn, enjoyed smoking ribs with homemade barbecue sauce with ice cold Heineken beer, visiting estate sales, and rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jimmy was a true believer in Jesus Christ.  He loved and believed in the Lord and the power of prayer.  In his later years, he developed a personal ministry of sharing “Daily Devotional: The Word for you Today” with family and friends on a quarterly basis.

Jimmy leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory:  His wife of 43 years, Pamela Poston Coefield of Lakewood, NJ; his daughter, Nikia Coefield, PharmD of Atlanta, GA; his son, Rah’saan J. Coefield, Esq. and daughter-in-law Kameron Kima Coefield of Upper Marlboro, MD; his mother, Carrie Verdena Coefield of Lakewood, NJ; his sisters, Geraldena “Dena” Coefield of Jackson, NJ and Gwendolyn “Gwennie” Coefield of Whiting, NJ; daughter-in-law’s mother, Brenda Kima, Limbe, Cameroon, West Africa;  father in-law, Charles Poston, Sr. of Four Oaks, NC.;  brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Garnette Poston of Raleigh, NC; Carolyn P.  McDougal of Dunn, NC; Larry and Beulah Poston, Dennis and Debra Poston, and Danny Poston all of Four Oaks, NC; four aunts, Josephine Johnson Donaldson and Brenda Joyner (Ralph)  all of Holly Springs, NC;  Evelyn Watts of Manchester, NJ; Gloria “Faye” Johnson of Tampa, FL; nieces and nephews, Tahila Coefield, Imani Chase (Sherman), Larry Poston, Jr., Towanda McDougald, Cameron Poston (Ana), Natalie McClamb (Rodney), Antonio Poston, Cedric Poston (Timika), Cory Poston, Decarrus Poston; God-children, Barry Bostick, Jr., Thomas “TJ” Bradley, Jr., and Gabriella Wilson  along with a host of cousins, great-nieces, great-nephews, relatives, and many close friends including: Barry and Joy Bostick of Tinton Falls, NJ; Gabriel “Gabe” Rosado, Pastor Earl Jackson, and Willie Dickey all of Lakewood, NJ.

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “James Coefield Jr-4-1-2022

  1. Steven Anthony Mathews says:

    May God rest his soul. Our condolences deeply expressed.
    Fr: Steven, Sharon and Moni

  2. Jeanette davis says:

    To the family I’m so sorry for your lost. I had a pleasure of meeting Mr Coefield through their neighbor whom is also my cousin. I look forwarded coming to NJ because when I visited I would cook and Mr Coefield loved my cooking. I thank GOD I was able to see him a couple of weeks ago before his passing. You will be missed and always remembered. be in my Abundant Blessings!

  3. Thomas Bradley Sr. says:

    There was only one Jimmy!!! I had the pleasure of knowing Jimmy for over 40 years! He was an awesome man! He is my oldest son’ s God father! I had the pleasure of coaching Pop Warner with Jimmy and spending much time with him over the years. His in influence on my life was such a blessing. Jimmy was a true friend that would tell you what you needed to hear not what you wanted to hear, and I will always be thankful, for his words of wisdom over the years. We could never thank him enough for all the help he gave my mom when my father passed in 2016. We appreciate and love Jimmy so very much. He will be missed but we know he is in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ now! To Pam, Nikia, and Rah’saan we love you and are always here for you Love Tom, Lynne and the kids!

  4. Christina Jones says:

    To the family,
    You have my heartfelt condolences
    May this Bible verse, straight from the mouth of God, bring you peace and comfort today and in the days to come: Psalm 46.1God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble.”

    Rev. Dr. Christina Jones
    NC State NAACP Membership
    Lifetime Chair

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