Autopsy: Farmer died of heart attack

Published 1:44 pm Monday, November 14, 2011

An autopsy revealed a Chilton County farmer found dead in his yard Friday suffered a heart attack, according to Sheriff Kevin Davis.

Raymond Cooedy’s body was discovered around dusk by his brother, Willie Cooedy, outside his home on County Road 412, a dirt road that runs off County Road 75.

The autopsy, which was performed Sunday in Montgomery, showed Cooedy died from a heart attack some time in the late afternoon Friday.

There is no evidence of foul play, Davis said. Cooedy was found with cash and other valuables still in his possession.

“The evidence just doesn’t point to that [foul play],” Davis said.

Injuries found on his body happened post-mortem and were caused by an animal, the autopsy showed.

Between 5 and 6 p.m., Chilton County 911 received a call about a person down in their yard, Davis said. When medics arrived they determined Cooedy had died.

Investigators worked the scene several hours that night. Deputies stayed outside the house throughout the night. The investigation resumed after sunrise Saturday.

Davis described Cooedy as a hard worker and the salt of the earth.

“Mr. Cooedy has been a Chilton County peach farmer his entire adult life,” Davis said. “He’s well known in this part of Chilton County. He was a hard worker — (the kind) that makes Chilton County what it is. Our hearts are heavy for the Cooedy family.”

Cooedy lived by himself in the home, according to Davis. In addition to peaches, he grew several other crops, including tomatoes, corn and turnip greens.

At the time of Cooedy’s death, the sheriff’s office was investigating a burglary at his home that happened several weeks ago.