Harold R. "Buddy" Coats PDF Print E-mail

Harold Raymond “Buddy” Coats, 82, of Newberry, died Friday, November 15, 2013, at J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home.

Born on May 24, 1931, in Newberry, he was the son of the late Fred H. and Lucille Bouknight Coats. He served 15 years in the S.C. National Guard. He worked for the Kendall Company, Oakland Plant for 23 years and later retired as an auto mechanic from the Stokes-Trainer GM Dealership. He loved NASCAR and was a huge Dale Earnhart fan. Mr. Coats ministry was creating wooden stars with crosses from scrap wood much of which was donated by friends. With love and affection he freely gave these stars to many within the community.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys Lathrop Coats; daughters, Rhonda C. (J.D.) Shealy and Suzanne (John) Summer both of Newberry; grandchildren, Holly Ann Lee and Cadie Lee (Joey) Bodie and a great-granddaughter, Evelyn Anne Bodie.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, November 18, 2013, at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel by Mr. Joey Bodie. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 1:00 – 1:45 pm Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 110 Ministry Drive, Suite B, Irmo, SC 29063.

The family would like to thank Blue Ridge Hospice for their loving care.

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#28 Amy Shealy 2013-11-18 17:26
So sorry to hear about Mr. Buddy...he was such a sweet man! All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you!
Barry, Amy, Jenna and Jacob
#27 Amy and Tony Kinard 2013-11-18 16:37
Dear Rhonda, we are so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. May God hold you in the palm of His hand and give you peace. Love,
Tony and Amy Griffin Kinard
#26 Paul Bedenbaugh 2013-11-18 14:32
Dear Ms Gladys and Family, We at Stokes- Trainor would like to express our deepest sympathy on the passing of Mr Harold. We thought the world of him !
#25 Lisa and Joe Rice 2013-11-18 13:43
Suzanne and John and family, we thinking about all of you today and the days to come . Our prayers and love are with you all . With sympathy ,Lisa and Joe Rice
#24 Louann Minick Frick 2013-11-18 13:36
Suzanne and Rhonda, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I remember well my admiration of the two of you during our visits at Uncle Fred's and Aunt Lucille's. May you find God's strength and peace at this trying time in your life. Sincerely, Louann Minick Frick
#23 Kathy Miller Minick 2013-11-18 13:30
Gladys, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have so many fond memories of us growing up! Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you or your family. Sincerely, Randall and Kathy Miller Minick
#22 Stephanie Blanding 2013-11-18 10:24
Suzanne, Cadie, and Holly - I pray peace and healing for your family during this difficult time. Your precious memories of him will be in your hearts and minds forever.
#21 Jimmy&Beverly Martin 2013-11-18 09:13
Suzanne, Rhonda & Family, Jimmy and I both are very sorry for your loss. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. I hope you all find comfort in knowing you have many friends praying for your hearts to heal quickly.
#20 Julia Counts 2013-11-17 22:08
Mrs Gladys, Suzanne, Rhonda, J. D. and grandchildren you have heartfelt condolences from me, Laura and Bridget. I have such wonderful memories of our days together on Derrill Ave. We will be praying for all of you. Love Julia
#19 SHAYE MILLER 2013-11-17 20:23
#18 Rene Neel 2013-11-17 19:20
Thinking of you all. Praying that you will have comfort and wonderful memories.
Russell, Rene, Ryan, and Ross
#17 Janice Meeks 2013-11-17 18:40
Rhonda, Suzanne, and Mrs. Gladys, I am so sad to hear about your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you & you family.
#16 Alice Turner 2013-11-17 18:15
Rhonda & Family,

Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He gave me one of his star crosses many years ago when I worked with State Farm. Such a nice man. May God wrap you and your family in his loving and carry you through the difficult days ahead.
#15 Kay Pope 2013-11-17 11:56
Ms. Gladys and family,
I enjoyed visiting with you and Mr. Buddy when I was your neighbor. I always knew that if I needed anything you would be there and you both watched out for me. I've missed you both and will keep you in my prayers.
#14 Sharon Taylor 2013-11-17 08:46
Suzanne, my prayers go out to you and your family. May God's peace shadow you now and in the days to come.
#13 Rose & Chuck Meadows 2013-11-17 08:28
We are so sorry to hear about your Dad, we pray God will be with you in the day to come. Rose & Chuck
#12 Robyn Rayfield Brown 2013-11-16 21:04
Rhonda, JD, Gladys and Suzanne, I hold you close to my heart and my prayers are lifted to the heaven for the pain you must all feel over the loss of someone so special. What a wonderful man he was.You will always have all those sweet memories and a true angel watching over you all. I love you.
#11 Marti and Joel Pitts 2013-11-16 21:02
Suzanne and family. We are so sorry to hear about your Dad. I pray you find peace and comfort. You are such a precious friend. Your family will be in our prayers. Love Joel and Marti Pitts
#10 Mollie Graham 2013-11-16 16:52
Dear Gladys,My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Take care.Love and blessings Mollie Graham.
#9 Dave & Brenda Wiley 2013-11-16 16:10
Suzanne, John and family so sorry for your loss. I know your pain or at least can relate unfortunately just recently. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Love Weezie and Dave
#8 Sherrie and Victor H 2013-11-16 14:53
Suzanne, Rhonda and family,
May God's presence bring you comfort in the days to come. We are sorry for your loss.
Sherrie and Victor
#7 Helen & Wesley griffin 2013-11-16 14:19
We are more sorry than we can say. "Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted."
#6 Pat Mullins 2013-11-16 14:01
Miss Gladys, I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you and your family!!
#5 Martha Glenn 2013-11-16 11:58
Cadie, Joey and Family,

Our love and sympathy in the loss of your grandfather.
All your friends at Little River Baptist send our best to you. Keeping you in our prayers.

Little River Baptist Church
Jenkinsville, S.C.
#4 Jimmy & Donna Berley 2013-11-16 10:14
Our prayers are extended to each of you during this difficult time. May GOD be with each of you during your grief and always.
#3 ronnie wicker 2013-11-16 09:20
Rhonda,Suzanne, J.D. and Family, sorry to hear about your lost.My thoughts and payers are with you all.Please let me know if there is anything we can do for you.
#2 Wendy&Johnny Shealy 2013-11-16 08:58
Suzanne, Rhonda & Family, we are so sorry to hear about your dad. Our prayers are with you all. Wendy & Johnny
#1 Annette Davis 2013-11-16 06:30
Mrs. Coats, Rhonda, Suzanne, & Family, We are sincerely sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Coats will always hold a special place in my heart as each of you do. You are in our thoughts and prayers and may you find comfort in your precious memories of such a sweet man.