Woodie Earl Coates, 62, a resident of Grove Hill, AL, answered the Master’s call on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at his residence with his wife by his side.
He was born October 6, 1956 to Paul, Sr. and Minnie Mae Law Coates in the Ebenezer Community. He was a loyal and faithful member of the Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church, Coffeeville, AL where he served on the Trustee Board.
Woodie was employed with the Grove Hill Police Department for thirty-two years, retiring in August of this year as “Chief Woodie Coates.”
In his spare time he loved fishing, spending time with other law enforcement officers and was a lover of people. Woodie was a loving husband, father, brother and a great family man who loved his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul, Sr. and Minnie Mae Coates; and brother, Bonnie V. Coates.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving and devoted wife, Jean Thomas Coates of Grove Hill, AL; three sons, Shelton (Andrea) Coates of Gainesville, VA, Kendrick (Talana) Davis and Michael (Pamela) Davis, both of Manassas, VA; four brothers, Paul (Lillie) Coates and Leroy (Patricia) Coates, both of Jackson, AL, Ezell Coates of Coffeeville, AL and Richard (Tommie Carol) Coates of St. Stephens, AL; three sisters, Lucille Coates and Dorothy Wright, both of Coffeeville, AL and Bobbie Howze of Detroit, MI; four grandchildren; a mother-in-law, Hannon Thomas of Whatley, AL; two brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.