Coe was the son of Selma lumber dealer Richard Blauvelt Coe and the former Amanda Caroline Ewing. He graduated from Marion Military Institute and opened a lumber business in Selma before moving to Birmingham around 1900. He married the former Margaret Ware Smith on November 6, 1901 and built a large frame house near Highland Avenue and Rhodes Park at 1108 29th Street South in 1908. His family remained in the house until 1970.
- John Valentine Coe at Find-A-Grave