From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (African American Women Veterans in and from Kentucky)

Adams, Neva Esther Coffey

(born: August 15, 1921  -  died: June 14, 2006) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

December 30, 1942

Active Duty Exit

August 23, 1943


Neva E. Coffey was living in Louisville, KY when she enlisted in the Army in Cincinnati, OH, according to the record in Ancestry. She was born in Burkesville, KY, the daughter of Mary B. Alexander and Bledsoe Coffey. The family was enumerated in the 1930 and 1940 U.S. Censuses when they lived in Monticello, KY.

Neva enlisted in the Army in 1942 and received her discharged in 1943. She married William C. Adams, a waiter, in 1946 when they both lived in Cincinnati. In 1948, they moved to Dayton, OH, where Neva Esther Coffey Adams died in 2006.

Sources: U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index in Ancestry; "Licensed in Kentucky," The Cincinnati Enquirer, 8/3/1946, p. 6; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File in Ancestry; and "Adams, Mrs. Neva E.," Dayton Daily News, 6/18/2006, p. 32.

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NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: The Cincinnati enquirer (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Dayton daily news (newspaper)

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“Adams, Neva Esther Coffey,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed June 23, 2024,

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