Clarence Edward Coats
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Clarence Edward Coats
  • August 24, 1975 - May 13, 2017
  • Columbia, Missouri

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Clarence Edward “CJ” Coats, Jr., 41, beloved son of Clarence Edward Coats, Sr. and Wanda Fay Coats, and beloved brother of Monique S. Coats and Mion L. Powell passed away May 13, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri. CJ was born August 24, 1975 in Columbia, Missouri. He attended Grant Elementary, West Junior High School, and Rockbridge High School. He worked in the hotel and restaurant management industry in Miami, Florida for greater than 10 years; then, he assisted in opening a Medical Staffing Company, with a long time friend.



Family and friends were CJ’s love and joy. He grew up playing spades, chess, and tennis with his parents, sisters, and friends. CJ and his sister Mion loved playing in their clubhouse, creating funny skits to entertain family and friends. All who knew CJ loved him, because he was kind, non-judgmental, funny, and generous to all. CJ’s smile was his most beautiful attribute, and brightened any room blessed by his presence. CJ loved to cook, host, and entertain and frequently did so. CJ loved his beautiful brown lab, Lucky.



Clarence is lovingly remembered by his parents, Clarence and Wanda Coats; sisters, Monique Coats and Mion, husband Robert Powell; daughter, Imori McNew of Texas; nieces, Alon, Jae, Camerin Powell; great niece Amora Powell; grandma, Gloria Coats; great aunt Betty Porter; several aunts and uncles; and a multitude of cousins.



He was preceded in death by grandparents, William and Gertrude Petty; grandfather, James Coats; and an uncle William Petty Jr.



The visitation is from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home, Columbia, Missouri. The family will have a private graveside service. Family and close friends are invited to attend dinner at Memorial Funeral home at 5:00 PM, following the visitation.



Memorial contributions can be made to the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. at 900 Red Mills Road, Wallkill, NY 12589.