Ronnie Coker Death, Obituary, Funeral – Ronnie Coker, a former athletic director at Airline and a baseball coach inducted into the Hall of Fame, went away at the age of 58. “It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Coach Coker has gone on to be with the Lord,” Airline athletic director and head baseball coach Toby Todd said in an email sent to media outlets and friends on Monday night. “It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Coach Coker has gone on to be with the Lord.”
“He is not going through any more pain. When we last spoke, Coach Coker made it abundantly apparent that he loved each and every one of you. I ask that you continue to pray for him and his family. I will get back to you as soon as I find out the details of the arrangements.” At Parkway in 1998 and at Captain Shreve in 2006, Coker led his baseball teams to state championships and won those titles. In 1997, Parkway was the runner-up in the state championship. In 2007, Shreve performed the exact same thing.
He graduated from Minden in 1982 and was an integral part of the Crimson Tide’s success, which included many state championships. On April 23, 2021, it was determined that Coker was suffering from stage 4 colon cancer that had already spread to his liver and lungs. The prognosis given to him in November by the medical staff at M.D. Anderson was that he had two years to live.
However, following a series of therapies, doctors informed Coker and his wife Kelly in January 2022 that they were unable to find any evidence of cancer in Coker’s liver, lungs, or colon and that he had entered full remission from his illness. However, the disease came back, and in December of the previous year, physicians reportedly told him there was nothing more they could do to treat it. According to the accounts in the media, he passed away.
He has been receiving care at a hospice. From 1991 until 1999, Coker served as Parkway’s head baseball coach, posting a record of 196-75 during his tenure there. After serving as head coach at Byrd for a single year, he moved on to Captain Shreve, where he remained in that role for the subsequent five years.
On Friday, June 9th, 2023, visitation will be conducted from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Cypress Baptist Church located at 4701 Palmetto Rd, Benton, Louisiana 71006. At the same site, on Saturday, June 10th 2023, at 11:00 AM, there will be a celebration of life conducted in honor of the deceased.