Fred Dewitt Coats Sr., 85, of Franklinton, died Sunday, July 27, 2014. He was born December 14, 1928, to the late John Wallace Coats and Mozelle Codsgill Coats.
Fred was a Franklinton town commissioner for 14 years. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 52, Franklinton Masonic Lodge No. 123 and Franklinton Baptist Church, where he served as deacon. Fred served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He retired from Burlington Industries.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, John Robert Coats and Buddy Coats.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Mary Coats, son, Fred D. Coats Jr. and wife, Hope, and daughter, Karen D. Coats, all of Franklinton; brother, John Wallace Coats Jr. and wife, Betty, of Waterloo, S.C.; sister-in-law, Peggy Coats, of Laurens, S.C.; grandchildren, Eric Coats, Kevin Coats (Sonya) and Nicholas Edwards (Christy); and great grandchildren, Jacob Coats, Kameron Coats and Parker Coats.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, July 30, at Franklinton Baptist Church, with the Rev. David Averette officiating. Inurnment followed in Fairview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Franklinton Baptist Church, 102 W. Mason Street, Franklinton, N.C. 27525, or to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675.
Online condolences may be made to the family at hallwynne.com.
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