Folks gather to remember Bill Coburn: Knott County icon

By: Eric Eckstrom Email
By: Eric Eckstrom Email

Folks gathered at the Hindman funeral Cervices Chapel in Knott county Thursday evening to mourn and remember an icon of their community. Bill Coburn died on Tuesday in his home in Mousie after battling heart issues for many years.

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Death may take the lives of people we love, but never our memories of them. The Visitation of Bill Coburn on Thursday serves as a reminder of that.

“I have a lot of memories. I just used to lie in bed with him and read with him,” says Zachary Coburn, Bill Coburn's grandson.

As a professional, Bill Coburn’s 71 years on this earth were highlighted by a commitment to his country, God and community. Some folks say his most significant contributions were his involvement with area firefighters.

“Basically, he is responsible for every fire department in Knott County, because he was the man that began to set them all up, and he's the one that taught the people to be firefighters,” says David Daniel Jacobs, a friend of Bill.

But family members say he will always be known as a man with a heart of gold and a great sense of humor.

“Yeah, he was. He was always pulling a prank on somebody,” said Carlos B. Smith, Bill’s second cousin.

“He would rather spend every penny he had on someone else if they needed something rather than spend it on himself,” Zachary Coburn said.

And while his passing is difficult, family members say he continues to be with them in spirit.

“Oh, he is in a much better place. There is no doubt he is in the arms of Jesus and celebrating every day,” says Susan Coburn, Bill Coburn's Daughter.

A better place, folks say, for a man who dedicated his life to making his community a better place as well.

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Funeral services for Bill Coburn are set for Saturday, February 22 at 11: AM at Hindman Funeral Services Chapel in Hindman.


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