Elder Isaac William Coaxum entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 11:30AM, in Riverside Hospital Newport News.
He was born on June 4th, 1938 as a twin and one of 16 children to the late Edward Sr. and Mazie Coaxum in Phillip County of Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Elder Coaxum moved to Norfolk, VA in 1965, whereas he finished his education and began working in an Electronic Repair Shop on the Norfolk Naval Base. His repair skills were self-taught, and he became so successful he was able to obtain his own shop and maintained that shop for 20 years until his retirement.
Elder Coaxum was a member of New Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Portsmouth, VA for many years, whereas he served as a Trustee and a Deacon. He received a calling by God to preach and was licensed by Rev. Vernon S. Lee of New Mt Vernon in 1994. He had a deep passion for the sick and shut in and began his own outreach ministry; whereas every Sunday he visited various nursing homes, and personal homes to provide Sunday morning service, Bible Study, and communion to the Sick and Shut-In. Elder Coaxum later joined Solid Rock Church of Christ. He was later ordained as an Elder under the Washington-Norfolk District Assembly by Bishop Robert D Ross, and later installed as the Pastor of Solid Rock Church of Christ, where he served for about six years as Pastor. Elder Coaxum was later asked to minister at Mt Hermon Church of Christ. He was later installed as the Pastor of Mt Hermon Church and served as Pastor for approximately seven years before retiring from the ministry. After retirement, Elder Coaxum joined Zion Light Church of Christ under Elder Percy Barnes and remained a standing member at Zion Light Church of Christ under the present Elder Dr. Da’Von Smith.
Elder Isaac Coaxum attended church and all of the functions until his illness took over. He was known for his genuine love of people, his big and caring heart, his beautiful smile, his love for the Lord, and his favorite message about the Potter and the Clay from Jeremiah 18. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, minister, friend, and hero. To know him was to love him.
Elder Isaac Coaxum is survived by his wife of 54 years, Geneva Coaxum, two daughters, Amy Coaxum of Dallas, TX and Taschell Coaxum of Norfolk, VA; three grandsons, Isaiah Coaxum of Norfolk, VA, Tyler Coaxum and Warren Miles of Dallas, TX; one granddaughter, Tayler Coaxum of Dallas, TX, and 2 great-grandchildren, Tamia and Tyler Jr of Dallas, TX. Six sisters, Adelle Coaxum, Katie Rivers, Rebecca Scott, Eleanora Coaxum-Ellington (Wilburn), and Mazie Lee Brown all of Mt. Pleasant, SC, and Yvonne Coaxum-Forbes of St. Petersburg, FL; four brothers, James Coaxum (Anita) and John Coaxum of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Joseph Coaxum (Mary) of Jacksonville, FL, and Edward Coaxum (Edith) of Virginia Beach, VA, and four predeceased siblings, two extremely special friends Welton Hyman, and Evelyn Cousins, a large host of nieces, nephews, cousins, loved ones, and friends.
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