2018-05-16 / Obituaries

Leon Coates


Richard Leon Coates, 89, of 80 Mt. Calvary Rd., Ft. Gaines, Ga., passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Coates was born Dec. 22, 1928, in Shorterville, Ala., to the late Posa Lee Coates and Ruby Lillian Killebrew Coates. He was a retired farmer and of the Protestant faith.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Nell Weems Coates; and two brothers, Dr. Eugene Graham Coates and Harold Coates; one granddaughter, Morgan Lynn Hunt; two great-grandsons, Collier and Isaac Davis.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon C. Hunt and Gary of Blakely, Ga.; two sons, Richard Leon Coates Jr. and Pam of Fort Gaines, and Brent Coates and Shirley of Albany, Ga.; six grandchildren, Nathan and Anna Hunt of Blakely, Kerri C. McDaniel and Jess of Fort Gaines, Jonathan Coates of Albany, Amy Davis and Garrett of Andalusia, Ala., Kade Coates of Albany; and five great-grandchildren, Zoey, Jace and Jodi McDaniel, Griffin and Alex Davis.

The funeral service will be at Bethel Baptist Church today, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 11 a.m. with Garrett Davis officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation starting at 10 a.m. in the social hall. Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery with Joe King, Bill Cleveland, Chris Coates, Steve Anderson, Tony Gentry and Lamar Willis serving as pallbearers.

Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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