Warren "Buddy" Clement Coker CLEVELAND, OK - Warren "Buddy" Clement Coker, Jr., formerly of Charleston, SC, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2013 in Cleveland, Oklahoma. He was born on September 6, 1943 in Charleston, SC. As a musical prodigy, Warren began his career at age 15 as the organist and choirmaster at St. John's Episcopal Church on John's Island, SC. By the age of 17, Warren had played every pipe organ in the Charleston area. Warren completed his undergraduate work at Montreat-Anderson College in Montreat, NC. He matriculated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ under the tutelage of the world renown organist, Dr. Alexander McCurdy. Warren served in the Army and was stationed in Carmel, CA. Upon his discharge, he returned to the South resuming his musical career. As an expert in classical church music he played in churches from Florida to Maine. Warren served as choirmaster and special guest conductor for various concerts. He was a long-standing member of the American Guild of Organists. He received his MA in Public Administration at UNC, Greensboro. He retired as Executive Director of the Rockingham County NC Council on Aging after 20 years. Warren served on numerous boards during his tenure. Warren is predeceased by his parents, Warren Clement Coker and Mildred Haselden Coker. He is survived by his three children, Dr. Warren Clement Coker III of Aurora, CO, Dr. Christine Coker Ballenger (Christopher Ballenger) of Jennings, OK, and Dr. Karen Hillary Coker of Tallahassee, FL; and two grandchildren, Tabor Brock Kistler and Hannah Grace Ballenger; two sisters Thelma Coker Hicklin of Winnsboro, SC and Penny Coker Molony of Charleston, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements will be conveyed at a later date. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/
Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2013.