US Air Force

Morris Odean Coats

December 29, 1944 ~ January 31, 2021 (age 76)


Morris Odean Coats, 76, of Newbern, Tennessee died on Sunday, January 31, 2021, at his residence in Newbern, Tennessee.

Born Friday, December 29, 1944 in Brownsville, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Joe H. Coats and the late Nadine Rickard Coats. Mr. Coats retired from the United States Air Force in 1984 with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.  After proudly serving his country, he worked at Bekaert and Nordyne. He was a member of First Christian Church in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

Funeral services for Mr. Coats will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 5, 2021 in the Chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. Officiating this service will be Rev. Buddy Weeks. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern, Tennessee. Visitation for Mr. Coats will be Thursday from 4:30 PM until 7:00 PM at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of fifty-five years, Barbara Jean Allen Coats of Newbern, Tennessee; four daughters, Melinda Pannell (Cary) of San Antonio, Texas, Christina White (Bruce) of Hawaii, Lisa Marshall (Paul) of Jackson, Tennessee and Amy Goldstein (David) of New York, New York; one brother, Joe H. Coats of Newbern, Tennessee; three sisters, Shirley McMahon of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jo Ann King of Southaven, Mississippi and Brenda Hurst of Southaven, Mississippi; seven grandchildren, Nicholas Pannell, Ashleigh Pannell, River Springfield, Louisa Powell,  Gemma Goldstein, Isaiah Goldstein and Hope Marshall and two great-grandchildren, Melodie Powell and Colt Powell.

Honoring Mr. Coats as pallbearers will be Nicholas Pannell, River Springfield, Chris McMahon, Brandon Coats and Steve King.  Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Sterner and Don Connelly

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February 4, 2021

4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Johnson-Williams Funeral Home
239 East Main Street
Newbern, TN 38059

Funeral Service
February 5, 2021

11:00 AM
Chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home
239 East Main Street
Newbern, TN 38059

February 5, 2021

11:00 AM
Fairview Cemetery
Old Newbern Road
Newbern, TN 38059+

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