Evelyn Ruark Coggin

Staff Written Obituaries

Evelyn Ruark Coggin of Bostwick passed away on May 16, 2018. She was born in Bostwick on July 26, 1924 to James Russell Ruark and Katie Inez Jones Ruark. She was born in the home of her grandparents, “Papa Charlie and Mother Emma”. She graduated from Bostwick High School as Salutatorian in May of 1943. She married Theodore Lewis Coggin of Conyers on March 19, 1945. They settled in Decatur after their marriage and started a family. In 1959, they moved to Avondale Estates where Evelyn became a very active member of the community and Avondale First Baptist Church. She had a servant’s heart and served as a Sunday School Teacher, counselor and chaperone for over 32 years in the church

In 1997, after Ted started showing signs Alzheimer’s, Ted, Evelyn and their daughter Valeria moved back to Bostwick to be closer to her daughter Sherry and her husband. They became active in her childhood church, Gibbs Memorial Baptist Church. After her husband’s passing in May of 2007, Evelyn continued to spend her time as an active member of her Church in Bostwick serving and caring for the needs of family and friends. She started a monthly Bible study and fellowship known as the “Widows Club”. Her generous and caring spirit was felt by all who knew her.

She is survived by her daughters Valeria Coggin and Sherry Coggin Hanes (husband Tim), grandchildren Abby Hanes Gazeway and Michael Hanes along with four great grandchildren (Evie, Casper, Peyton and Taylor), brother Alvin Ruark, sister Katherine Cabaniss, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers Alton Ruark and Tim Ruark.

The family received friends on Saturday May 18, at Gibbs Memorial Baptist Church, 1041 Church Street Bostwick, Ga 30623 at 10 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 11 a.m. Rev. Rusty Ruark and Pastor Jeff Gossett officiated.

Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 209 South Hammond Drive, Monroe, GA 30655. 770-267-2594. Please leave online condolences at

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