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Betty Lou Stewart Coats

July 28, 1934March 23, 2020

Betty Lou Coats, daughter of the late Charles Othel and Edith Goodwin Stewart passed away on Monday, March 23, 2020 at the age of 85. Mrs. Coats served as the libarian for the Town of Clayton for 30 plus years before her retirement in 2012. A 2011 recipent of the NC Order of the Long Leaf Pine, she was featured in the Tarheel Travler in 2012. A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 2:00 at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Clayton. She is survived by her husband, Roy Coats; sons, Roger Lee Coats and his wife Sharon of Evington, VA, Ronald Ray Coats of Raleigh; daughter, Jeanett Coats Currin Atwater and her husband James of Chapel Hill; grandchildren, Mindy Coats and fiancé Sam, Jordan Mitchell and wife Megan, Ginger Claypoole and husband Andy, Angellina Coats; great grandchildren, Graham and Cora Beth Mitchell, Drew and Sage Claypoole; nieces and nephews, Sandy Sanders and husband Robert, Lisa Jones and husband Stan, Rich Stewart and wife Laine, Sherri Garver, Ricky Stewart and wife Michelle; sister-in-law, Sandra Stewart. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brothers, Allen L. Stewart and Charles Stewart. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church Street, Clayton, NC 27520, Hospice of Johnston County, 509 Brightleaf Blvd, Smithfield, NC 27577 or to the First Baptist Church, 411 N Fayetteville Street, Clayton, NC 27520. Online condolences may be made to the Coats family at www.mclaurinatpinecrest.com. Arrangements are with McLaurin Funeral Home, Clayton, NC


  • Graveside Service Friday, March 27, 2020


Betty Lou Stewart Coats

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Sherry and Tim Gooch

March 27, 2020

Jeanett and Family, Keeping you all in our prayers. It's tough to lose your mama, but know you will be with her for eternity one day.

Pattie Pittman

March 27, 2020

Jeanett Atwater I am so sorry about your Mom ,I will be lifting you up in pray you and your family she had a good lifeI think from all I read!!!hope to see you and James this summer!!! Take care now Pattie and Richard Pittman

John A. Hinton Jr

March 26, 2020

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Coats passing... As a young fella growing up around town... I would wonder in the Town Hall library quite often... Mrs. Coats was always super nice and always knew I wanted to read the comics in any newspaper available... Super nice. And she never said one thing about me taking out The Hank Aaron Story over and over.. Must've read it a hundred times. Rest Easy

Deborah and Everett Coates

March 25, 2020

Ms. Betty was such a loving person and very supportive of the local art education programs in our schools. She always helped me with displaying student art work and getting resources for my students to use in researching for their art reports. She was a great treasure for the town of Clayton and will be missed.

Joette and Daryl Crews

March 25, 2020

Roy, we are so sorry to hear this sad news. We will truly miss her smile and kind words. What a special person . She will be missed by so many. Hugs...

Cynthia Brewer Sahr

March 25, 2020

I heard via Sandy about your loss, and I just wanted to say how sorry I am. Losing a parent is not easy, I've been there with my sweet dad. Hold tight to those good memories to help you thru the difficult days ahead. I will continue to hold you up in prayer.
Cynthia Brewer Sahr (ECU)

Sandy Stewart Sanders

March 25, 2020

Aunt Betty was my dad’s baby sister (well only sister) then there was Uncle Allen who was the baby of the three. My first true memories of Aunt Betty were when their mother passed away. See Aunt Betty lived far away since Uncle Roy was in the Air Force. She stayed with us and the thing I remember most is just how sweet she was and her smile. She made the absolute best German Chocolate Cake EVER. Once they moved back to Clayton it was so fun having them all close. We were now able to be a family. We would have sleep overs and play games in the basement. Aunt Betty always made us feel so important. The one thing that truly sticks out in my is when she said she loved you, it wasn’t just “I love you, it was I love you So Much”!
My life was So Blessed with her as My Aunt Betty. Until we see each other again, I love you SO MUCH!😘😘😘

Angela Canady

March 25, 2020

I started walking to the library from Clayton Elementary many, many years ago to stay until my Momma got off of work at Four Oaks Bank. I worked on my homework. Mrs. Betty was always kind to me and called me by my name. She always helped me find the books I needed for my homework assignments or the ones I just wanted to read. Fast forward 17-18 years I started taking my small children to the library to check out books and Mrs. Betty still remembered me and called me by my name. She always made me feel welcome at the library. She was always so kind to me and my children. She would always ask how things were. I have no idea how she remembered my name all those years. I asked here if I stood out to her because I had misbehaved when I was a child. She smiled and said no. She will be missed! She is a happy reminder of my childhood in Clayton and how small town Clayton used to be. Praying for her family and loved ones!

Tina Guereschi

March 25, 2020

Heaven has surely gained an angel.

Betty truly was the kindest, sweetest and funniest woman I knew. I will miss all those Roy jokes!

I pray God wraps his arms around all of you during this difficult time.

Betty will be missed by many. Rest in peace my friend.

Peggy Pendergraph

March 24, 2020

Ms Betty was a special lady. The library was lucky to have her all those years. Her smile and kindness is what I think of.