World War I Soldiers Remembered: William Earle Coffee

16 Mar

Earle Coffee post

William Earle Coffee was born March 12, 1889 in Louisville, Kentucky. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, of medium build and had gray eyes and dark hair. Earle’s father was Dr. William Oakley Coffee and his mother was Mattie Merle Dodson. Shortly before the war, Earle’s mother purchased Eastwood, a large home in Sabot and relocated to Goochland.

On December 27, 1917, Earle boarded the British ship Andania in New York City and headed for the European theatre of war. After the war, he was aboard another British ship, Winifredian, when he returned from Brest, France on April 18, 1919.



Earle returned briefly to Iowa and married before moving permanently to Goochland. The marriage didn’t last long and for a while Earle and his mother ran a tearoom near Eastwood, on River Road in Sabot. Eastwood burned in 1941 and he moved to Crozier and married Esther Mae Layne. That marriage lasted until his death on May 25, 1965, he was 76 years old. Earle Coffee is buried in Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Goochland.

If you have any photographs of World War I service men and women from Goochland, please contact the Goochland County Historical Society. We would love to scan your photographs and add them to the World War I Commemorative Collection. Contact us at 804-556-3966 or at


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