Funeral services for Mr. Coats will be held Friday, Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet with Bro. Buddy Neal and Bro. James Boyd officiating. Interment will follow the service at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, Aug. 29 from 3-8 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 30 from 1-3 p.m.
Mr. Coats, 86, of Mt. Juliet, passed away Aug. 27, 2013. Mr. Coats was a church of Christ minister. He was an educator, an author and the former owner of the Mt. Juliet Funeral Home and Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend.
He was preceded in death by parents; sons, James D. "Bud" Coats and William L. "Bill" Coats; and daughter, Jeannie Coats Harwell.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elaine Wright Coats; son, Robert "Bob" (Jean) Coats; daughter, Gail (Larry) Lane; sister, Delma Frame; and grandchildren, Seth and Chance Coats.
Family and friends will be pallbearers.