Representing the people of District 7 may have required a lot of time, but it's only a part-time occupation.
David Coley's full-time job was that of special services coordinator at Chipola College. His colleagues at Chipola say he'll be greatly missed.
The flags are being flown at half staff at Chipola College in honor of a man that meant so much, not only to the district that elected him this past November, but David Coley meant a great deal to his local community as well.
Kitty Myers, Chipola College VP, says, “We're all saddened by this loss. It came as such a shock when we realized that he was ill, and we never thought that we would lose him this soon. It's been a very sad thing."
Besides being a state representative, David Coley worked as the special service coordinator at Chipola College. His colleagues say Coley brought energy, enthusiasm and experience to the marketing and recruitment efforts of the college.
Head Bryan Craven, Chipola PR Director, says, "He had a lot of really good ideas for different ways to market the bachelor's degree programs. He brought a lot of experience from his days as a newspaper editor and from his days working in the Legislature."
In addition to working for the college, Coley was once a student at Chipola.
"I was a classmate of David's back in the 80s. We graduated the same year. It was really quite a shock to me."
Many say Coley touched their lives, not always by what he said or did, but simply by living his own to be an example for others.
Legislators will hold a memorial service for Coley in the House Chambers Wednesday at 10 a.m. Eastern. His family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Central Time at Evangel Worship Center in Marianna.
Funeral services will be held at Chipola College in Mariana at 10:00 Wednesday, with burial following at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens.
The state will hold a special election later this year to fill Coley's District 7 legislative seat.