Jesse Coates Jr.
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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.

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Published in The Advocate from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2010.
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February 13, 2019
Dear Ferrill Ann, You and Jesse remain vivid in my memory of Baton Rouge, you as being a very classy lady, and Jesse as being one of my favorite Christian mentors in the early years of my conversion.
We almost always disagreed, in ways that made life richer for both of us. What an affable fellow I remember him being.
David Madden
March 9, 2010
Dear Ferrill Ann and Coates Family, My heartfelt sympathy.May your wonderful memories of a lifetime shared give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you. Janet and Conley
Janet Juban
March 5, 2010
Dear Ferrill Ann, I was just about to ask Jimmie Field about Jesse when he told me today that Jesse had passed away. You know I think how dear he was to me, long time friend and intellectual stimulant during and after Bible study for ten years--so many vivid Wednesday mornings! I often talked with him about the Holy Spirit, so I know he had the comfort of the Indweller and I pray for that comfort for you and your loved ones. You, too, are very special to me. David Madden
David Madden
March 4, 2010
To all of Mr. Coates's family an friends,
We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your love one and our alumnus. We are most grateful for all that he did to support deserving Engineering students here an other LSU organizations. Our thoughts and sympathies are certainly with you.
On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of the LSU College of Engineering and Dr. Richard J. Koubek, Dean an Dr. Kalliat T. Valsaraj, Chair of Chemical Engineering
Harriett Pooler
March 4, 2010
Dear Ferrill Ann and family, I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Jesse's death. I didn't even know he was ill, I am so sorry to say. I heard of it from a mutual friend of Jesse's and ours. Please know that my love, prayers and heartfelt sympathy are with you and all of your family. I will get in touch right away. Love, Marilyn
Marilyn Aguilar
February 25, 2010
Dearest Ferrill and Family,
I hold you in my heart during this time of great grief for the loss of Jesse, an extraordinary husband, father, and man. Love and Peace to you all. Diana Richards
Diana Richards
February 23, 2010
We're very sad to hear about Jesse's death. We hope you find peace during this time of grief and loss. Take great comfort in the enviable legacy Jesse leaves in his family, and his friendships.
Leo & Nancy Johns
February 22, 2010
Dearest Ferrill, We have been in Texas visiting with Sara Hamilton Nabors and her husband Bill who is battling cancer. I am so very sorry that we could not be with you for the celebration of Jesse's life. . .and what a wonderful life he lived!

My heartfelt sympathy is with you and your whole wonderful family as you grieve. May God carry you and yours through this difficult time.
Dee Hamilton
February 20, 2010
Ferrill Ann, I am sooo sorry to hear of Jesse's death.I will think of you with love and sympathy for a long time.
Edmund Spiller
February 19, 2010
On behalf of the entire faculty, staff and students of the department of chemical engineering at LSU, and as the Chair of the department, I want to place on record my sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing away of Jesse, who has been a great friend, a distinguished alumnus and, a tireless supporter . We will all miss him dearly.
Kalliat Valsaraj
February 19, 2010
Anna Katherine, Scott, Amy And Mrs. Ferrill Ann and Family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your sweet Husband, Father. We are encouraged by his love and commitment to all of you. Jason and Chantelle Jennings
February 19, 2010
Amy, Ted and entire Family,
So very sorry for your loss. We are praying for you during this difficult time of saying good-bye to this very special man.
Mike and Chris Mathews and Family
February 19, 2010
Dear Ferrill Ann: We are saddened to hear of Jesse's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Amanda and George Dean
February 19, 2010
We are so sorry for the loss of Jesse and pray that the Lord comforts you during this time, knowing that he is in heaven with our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Jonathan & Kim Moore
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