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Mt Pleasant SC civilian killed in Afghanistan


Posted: Sep 06, 2011 2:50 PM EDTUpdated: Sep 06, 2011 2:50 PM EDT

Mt Pleasant SC civilian killed in Afghanistan

 S.C. (AP) - A Mount Pleasant man working as a civilian in Afghanistan with the

 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been killed.

 Officials and family confirmed Tuesday                                that  James W. "Will" Coker was killed.

An official who spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity said Coker was kidnapped from a power plant where he was working and later strangled.

Carrie Hughes described her father as a wonderful man who was deeply religious and loved to travel. She said he had been on several mission trips to Africa with local church groups and had been in Afghanistan for about three months.

Coker was due back in South Carolina  later this month and the family had been planning a get-together to welcome him back.

Will's surviving brother, Ben Coker, one of  our fellow Surveyors in Charleston, SC and his family, wife Polly. For over 20 years Ben and I have shared a very close friendship, knowing Ben like Will both have always worked hard, and always giving of themselves.  The rest of the time they spend enriching the lives of their family and friends.Your prayers are needed as they face the days ahead with this unexpected family tragedy. GOD's grace

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  • Ben, our prayers are with you and family. I know this loss is wearing hard on you, and I'll stay in touch.


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