Deacon John Henry Coates, Jr. entered into eternal rest at his sister's residence in Baton Rouge, LA on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the age of 83. He was a native of Slaughter, LA and a resident of Zachary, LA. He loved and was devoted to his family. He was an avid football player at Northwestern High School and Southern University. In 2007, John Henry was inducted into the Zachary Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a member of Little Rock Baptist Church where he was active in the Deacon Ministry, Fair Deal Society, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Church Program Committee and served as Church Treasurer, Church Secretary and President of the Little Rock Benevolent Society. He is survived by his siblings Arthur Coates (Bobbie), Beatrice Coates, David Coates (Ruthie), Alice C. Zacharie, Hunter Coates and Georgia Coates and other relatives and friends. John Henry was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings. Visitation will be held at Little Rock Baptist Church on January 16, 2021 from 9:00 am -10:45 am until time of service at 11:00 am; interment will be at Little Rock Cemetery immediately following. Rev. Marvin Moore will officiate. Arrangements entrusted to Miller & Daughter Mortuary. Face coverings are required.
Published in The Advocate from Jan. 13 to Jan. 16, 2021.