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Coley Alexander Headen

July 27, 1944 ~ August 22, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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The family of Coley A. Headen wishes to express thanks to all that reached out by various means during our time of bereavement.  Please know your words, prayers, and expressions of concern were greatly appreciated.  Thanks again, be safe, and be blessed in all you do. The Headen Family   

The Obituary 

Mr. Coley Alexander Headen, age 79, of Pittsboro, NC entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at his residence.

Coley was born to Lillie “Bane” Rieves Headen and Coley Headen Jr. on July 27, 1944. He was the eldest of his siblings. He attended W.B. Wicker High School in Sanford, N.C. He was also a proud member of the Masonic Order and in his earlier years was very active in the lodge.

Coley shared two children with his ex-wife, Verna Faye Headen, and was the proud father of a son and daughter: Coley Bernarde Headen and Regina Denise Muhammad.

At a young age, Coley joined Wall Street Baptist Church, now First Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, NC. As a member of Wall Street Baptist Church, he served as a Boy Scout leader. Although Wall Street Baptist Church was the first house of worship that he joined, throughout his life, he would call several churches home. Up to his departure from this worldly life, Coley was a silent contributor and consistently gave financial donations to various churches in different communities.

At the time of his passing, Coley was a member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, pastored by his brother, Pastor George Headen.

Coley, affectionately called “Zanders” by many, never met a stranger. He will be remembered for his hearty laugh, big smile, and bushy beard. Coley always enjoyed riding his motorcycle, had a real love for traveling, and enjoyed going to the beach. He also enjoyed spending time outside and taking in the glory of God’s Creation, especially in his later years. Coley would eagerly talk to all who would listen about his “big brother” Jesus Christ and made sure you knew that was what he called him.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Lillie and Coley Headen; sisters, Fabbie Ann Headen, Demetris Headen, and Lillie Oneita Headen; brother, Willie Harold Headen; partner’s daughter; Rhonda Smith; and a host of aunts and uncles.

Cherishing his memories are his son and daughter, Coley Bernarde Headen (wife, Tammie), Manasses, VA, and Regina Denise Muhammad (husband, Reginald), Durham, NC.; grandchildren, Latoya (husband, Kodi), Ketina, Ayesha, Nykesha, Abdullah, Fatimah, Kamilah, and Aliyah; greatgrandchildren, Dominic, Olivia; one brother, Pastor George Headen, Gulf, NC; two sisters, Shirley Headen, Bowie, MD, and Vanessa Headen Gales, Gulf, NC; two aunts, Willie Mae Tysor, Sanford, NC, Maude Alston, Gulf, NC; special friend and partner, Betty Smith and her son and granddaughter, Jeremie Smith, Newton, NC and Willissa Smith, Pittsboro, NC; his special brother and lifelong companion, Valentino Belton, Durham, NC, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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Flower Delivery
August 30, 2023

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Knotts Funeral Home
719 Wall St.
Sanford, NC 27330

Public Viewing
August 30, 2023

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Knotts Funeral Home
719 Wall St.
Sanford, NC 27330

Funeral Service
August 31, 2023

2:00 PM
Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church
704 Old US 1 HWY
Moncure, NC 27559

August 31, 2023

St. Luke United Church of Christ
2784 St Lukes Church Rd.
Goldston, NC 27252


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