Jesse Coates Jr., 68, a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, died peacefully at home Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather and friend and mentor to many. His life was exemplified by his deep love of family and his strong faith. He was a lifelong outdoorsman and fishing enthusiast who also enjoyed lively debates with his many friends. His kindness and patient nature were evident in his suffering as they were throughout his life. He was a graduate of University High School and LSU with a degree in chemical engineering. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He worked for Dow Chemical Co. for 19 years and left to start his own oil and gas exploration company. He was from an old and distinguished family with close ties to LSU. His grandfather, Dr. Charles E. Coates, was the organizer and first head coach of the LSU football team. He was a lifelong member of St. James Episcopal Church, where he served for many years on the vestry and as senior warden. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge and a past president of the City Club of Baton Rouge. He served on the boards of St. James Episcopal Day School, Episcopal High School and St. James Place Foundation. He was an active member of his men's Bible study and a member of the Baton Rouge Country Club. He was an Army veteran. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ferrill Ann Lott Coates; three daughters and sons-in-law, Jan and Sam Hunsaker and Amy and Dr. Ted Johns, all of Dallas, and Anna Katherine and Scott Bardwell; a son and daughter-in-law, Jesse Hunter and Lindsay Coates; nine grandchildren, Wiley and Katherine Hunsaker, Tee and Justin Johns, Caroline, Michael and Andrew Bardwell and Isabelle and William Coates; a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Ernst Dorfi, of Metairie; and his mother-in-law, Mildred Lott. He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Jesse Coates Sr. and Judith Mills Coates. Visitation will be held at St. James Episcopal Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, with services to follow at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at the Young Family Cemetery in The Plains. Pallbearers will be Clay Johnson, August "Sonny" Stone, Ross Munson, Frederic Billings, Wilmer Mills, Princeton Bardwell, Charles Coates and Wiley Hunsaker. Rabenhorst Funeral Home on Government Street is in charge of arrangements. For those desiring to make memorial contributions, the family would be grateful for donations to St. James Episcopal Church, 205 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801.
Published in The Advocate from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2010.