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“Condolences to each family member, loosing a precious loved one is hard. Knowing he is in eternal life with our Lord the father hopefully will give...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Sandy Willhite Watson - Columbia, LA

“I am one of Mark's co-workers. We are deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Coates passing. We are in prayer for the family during your time of mourning...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Tina Wise - Monroe, LA

“Heaven has truly gained an angel. It was a pleasure knowing Mr. Coates. He had some wild stories to share and kept me smiling. To The family, I pray...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Jennifer LaCaze - LA - Friend

“I will always cherish the smile and happiness you brought to any room you entered! I am so sad your time on Earth is over, but I am so happy you are...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Heather Vestal - West Monroe, LA

“Ms. Shirley, Mark, Debbie and John, I am so sorry to hear about Mr. John. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Teresa Oliver Gilbert - Rayville, LA

“John ,Sorry to hear about Mr. Coates passing . Prayers for the family. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Bruce Lee

“Mrs. Shirley, Debbie, Mark, and John, Sorry to hear Mr. John has passed away. I'll be praying for your family. Mary Hamm Hurd ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Mary Hamm Hurd - Rayville, LA


Funeral services for Edward "John" Coates, Jr., 74, of Rayville, LA wiere held at 1:00 PM, Friday, February 2, 2018 at Brown-Holley Funeral Chapel, Rayville with Rev. Robert Stroud officiating. Interment followed in the Mulhearn Memorial Park, Monroe, LA.

Mr. John was born April 12, 1943 in Jigger, LA and passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in Rayville, LA after a lengthy illness.

He was a member of the United Pentecostal Church of Rayville. Mr. John is preceded in death by his father, Sam Coates; mother, Beatrice W. Coates; son, Kenny Coates; sisters, Ruth Rowland, Patsy Leiva, Winnie Mae Clark, Hazel Vancel, Helen Stokes, and Linda Brown; brothers, Bill Coates and Bobby Coates. He was a devoted husband, friend, and adoring grandfather.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Coates of Rayville; children, Debbie Pritchard and husband, Homer of Rayville, Mark Coates of Rayville, and John Coates and wife, Billie Jo of Swartz; sisters, Betty Jones and husband, Bill Brown of Denham Springs and Brenda Sue and husband, Larry Bourgeois of Denham Springs; 11-grandchildren and 15-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Lee Harrell, Homer Pritchard, Carl Adcock, John Coates, Russell Martin, and Jay Davis

He loved his family and friends and will be sadly missed.

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