Coit McTyeire DuBose Jr, of Oklahoma City, OK went to be with his Heavenly Father on May 16th, 2023. He was born May 23rd, 1941, in Sumter, S.C. He graduated from Edmunds High School in 1959. Coit pledged to join the Chi Psi Fraternity and graduated from the University of South Carolina in (1964). Coit completed his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He moved to Oklahoma City to work as a Scientific DP Specialist, and a Data Base Manager for Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (1985-1997). As a self-taught Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Coit was hired by Consolidated Network Corporation to oversee a major project at the corporate offices of Bank of America in Charlotte, N.C. He had D.O.D. security clearance to install IT systems on military bases across the US, and in Qatar, (2000–2009). Coit worked contract IT work for Thermal Building Concepts (2010-2022).
Coit enjoyed playing softball, biking, target shooting, and snow skiing. He met Dianne at the Oklahoma Ski Club. They married on May 26, 1996. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family and friends. Coit was a humble man with a servant’s heart. Over the years Dianne worked as the children’s minister at Our Lord’s Community Church and volunteered and worked in urban ministry, Coit found pleasure serving behind the scenes in support of several different children’s programs.
Coit and Dianne planned to adopt a little girl from an Asian country. When adoption became less feasible, they began to participate in Oklahoma City University’s “Outreach to Internationals”. They forged a lasting relationship with two Japanese graduate students, Ryuichi Fukushima and Junko Tanaka. They had meals together, shared holiday traditions, and enjoyed highlights of Oklahoma City together. Two Taiwanese students, Chester Shih Han-Chen and Jaru Chiaju Lin joined them for Bible Study and Sunday night dinners. They grew to love them like they were their birth children. These students honored Coit and Dianne by calling them their “Dad and Mom in the US”.
Coit’s construction skills were put to good use on a memorable mission trip to Guatemala with his sister—in law, Jan, and her family. The highlight of Coit’s international travels was attending Chester and Junko’s wedding in Taipei City, Taiwan. In the years that followed, Coit looked forward to their regular skype visits with the two young couples, especially as their grandchildren became more fluent in English. Coit and Dianne also counted another young international family from Cameroon, Henry and Josyline Gabila, and their two children as a part of their family. Coit and Dianne wanted one child, and God blessed them with 6 international adult children and 5 grandchildren, Mei-Yu, Hiko, Anna, Audrey, and baby Lebga.
As an avid reader and researcher, Coit desired to keep learning his entire life. His last research project was learning about “Reaching Africa’s Unreached, a bible training center and 26-acre agricultural demo farm in N. Uganda. Coit was in awe of the ever-expanding Kingdom outreach of Jacob and Carol Lee, Dianne’s cousin and his wife, and wanted to find ways to help this ministry.
Coit is preceded in death by his parents, Coit Sr. and Mildred DuBose, and his brother, Alvin. Coit is survived by his sister, Gwyn DuBose-Schmidt (Heinrich), his nephews, Heinrich DuBose-Schmidt Jr. (Tara), Jarrod DuBose-Schmidt (Brooke), and niece, Eleanor Lister (Sean), eight grandnieces and two nephews.
Coit’s Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 9th at 2:30 at All Saints Community Church, 11400 N. Portland, Oklahoma City, OK. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be written to Reaching Africa’s Unreached and sent in care of Lifegate Missions/RAU, 395 Lifegate Lane, Seguin, Texas 78155