||By Pat Lefemine
Every time I enter the hog forum I'm going to smile, and remember
Jeff knew I was from the Northeast - and we don't get that whole 'Hawg thing'
up here. So he led the effort to "educate" me on why
I needed a hog forum on Bowsite. I resisted, but he wore me down, organizing
an email assault on my inbox. I caved and announced the Hog forum. But I wasn't
quite sold on hog hunting myself until Jeff convinced me to come down and attend
one of the Magnificent Hog Hunts which was born from his creative, yet slightly
'abnormal' mind. I had the time of my life! Sure, the hog hunting was
great, but he had a way of bringing people together like nobody I've ever seen
- and everyone knew it was Jeff that really made the hunt.
Since 1996 Jeff Coggins (Tennbow) became more than just a regular visitor of
the Bowsite - he was a comedian, a practical joker, a passionate bowhunter,
and a friend. He probably posted more on our forums than anyone in our history
- most of it was outrageous, some of it was racy - and yet he always knew how
far to push our editors - just enough to make us shake our heads and laugh.
I found myself seeking out his posts because they were just so damned witty.
And I was not alone. He was more than just a popular figure on our forums -
he was bigger than Nugent, bigger than Chuck Adams or Mitch Rompola. He could
draw people to a thread and keep them engaged in some of the most inane topics.
I often wondered if he was nuts - but I knew deep down that he was just playing
with everyone. While he never admitted it, I suspect his motivation was to get
many of us to stop taking things so darned serious.
the 2000 AMO trade show, Jeff hung out at our booth and we left him alone at
one point. When I came back to the booth he had somehow drawn a group of "good
ole boys" and they were yucking it up like old friends. He had a presence
about him that just sucked people in. Yet he never floated above anyone - I
don't think he made anyone feel second best - he always made you feel special.
My best memories were being with Jeff doing what he loved most - hog hunting.
We were at the Magnificent Hog Hunt (which he organized) and I was what Jeff
coined "a virgin." He hunted with us in our group and I really wanted
to film him shooting a boar. But he wanted everyone else (including me) to get
a hog and waited till the end to take his. It was obvious he was there for the
people - he could care less about shooting his hog. He made a great shot and
in order to make the video complete I needed him and the guide to say a few
words. Well, you could tell Jeff was no Tom Miranda.
On our first try he talks about the hunt then adds these words:
Jeff - "This big hog had been shot the day before and I can smell
I stopped the video and laughed - "Jeff - you can't talk about that
Jeff - "This big boar dragged us through some of the nastiest Sh*t
I stopped the video again and laughed - "Jeff - you cant say Sh*t on
going great, no talk about festering wounds, no cursing. And just before they
were ready to wrap it up Jeff's two-way goes off. I think it was Roger Yenn
yelled "Take Four" and we all busted out laughing.
The practical jokes, the comedy, the huge personality were some of the things
that made Jeff likable. But it wasn't until these last few months that I saw
the most remarkable side of Jeff - his courage. As many of you, I've been close
to people diagnosed with a terminal disease. And I have seen people face their
illness with incredible faith and courage. But I must say, I've never seen anyone
face it quite like Jeff did. It was nothing short of incredible. He left us
doing what he loved, in a place he loved, and knowing that he was loved - by
his family, close friends, hundreds, perhaps thousands of people who knew him
- and me. The most ironic part about writing this is because I know he'd hate
this tribute - but this time it's our turn to give Jeff the spotlight - for
I know somewhere in Heaven there's a crowd hanging around a new recruit, listening
to tall tales and probably sipping an adult beverage. In the shadows lurks some
mighty nervous hogs and if heaven has a website administrator, I'm sure he's
shaking his head and chuckling.
Jeff, we won't ever forget you.
as told by Roger Yenn
I received a call from a gentleman who lived in Tibedeau, Louisiana
by the name of Luscious Teague (aka Jeff Coggins).
He was the President of B.U.B.A., Black United Bowhunters of
America. I was operating Renegade Bowhunter Supply on the Bowsite
during this time. The hoax began with an order which I thought
to be fictitious. It contained an abbreviated credit card number
etc. So I sent the order back with the information needed to complete
the order, and asked for a valid c/c number. A month went by and
then I was contacted by Luscious Teague. Luscious started the
conversation on a light note, but the conversation escalated to
UGLY in no time at all. It was apparent that Luscious wasn't computer
savvy by any means and accused me of being a racist because I
didn't ship him the five Scent-Lok suits he ordered. He went on
to say that his brother in-law Leon Thompson Esquire III who resided
in Chicago, would contact me.
After the call with Luscious (Jeff Coggins) my wife and I talked.
She asked what was wrong and could tell that I was VERY aggravated,
to say the least. This is where the plot thickens.
Within an hour the phone rings again. This time it is Leon Thompson
Esquire III from Chicago (Wes Sarrat, aka Hog Sticker). Leon identifies
himself in the beginning of the conversation and states he has
a client that wishes to bring charges of racism against me and
my company for refusing to ship those five Scent-Lok suits. I
attempted to explain to Leon that the order didn't contain the
necessary information needed to process the order. I also told
him that in NO way was I a racist because I didn't ship the order
to B.U.B.A. That wasn't good enough. Leon started to twist the
story and lean it toward Luscious, his client and brother in-law.
Again it grew to UGLY very quickly.
Toward the end of the heated conversation, I hear an OUTBREAK
of UNCONTROLLABLE laughter on the phone. It was apparent there
was another person besides myself and "Leon" on the
phone during the conversation. Jeff thought I would have a coronary
if the conversation went any further so, he attempted franticly
to let me know it was him and Wes pulling this prank. Jeff asked
to speak with my wife Donna to smooth things over with her as
well. My family will always remember Jeff for his wit and humor.
(Top Left): Chris, Jeff Coggins, Diane
(Bottom Left): Lauren Coggins, Andy Coggins, Harrison, and Nick
Jeffery Andrew Coggins died on January 10th, 2004. He was found
at his hog hunting lease in Tennessee.
Jeff is survived by parents, A. V. and Gladys Coggins of Parrottsville,
TN; wife, Nancy Oberti of Mt. Juliet, TN; daughter, Lauren Coggins
of Mt. Juliet, TN; son, Andy Coggins of Mt. Juliet, TN; sister,
Janet Lee Coggins of Parrottsville, TN; brother, Joel Bradley
(Yvette) Coggins of Greenville, TN; nephews, Jeremy and Christopher
The family prefers memorials be made to the Jeff Coggins Memorial
Fund, c/o Bond Memorial Chapel, 1098 Weston Dr., Mt. Juliet, TN
37122, to support terminally ill youth related organizations.