OBITUARY

Charles Howard Coats

July 1, 1933October 8, 2021

Evidence of a life well lived is found in those who love you. It is found in how you live your life, your values, and the way that you treat others. Charles Howard Coats “D-dad” truly lived a life well lived. He was loved by many—his family, his church family, and his extended family at the City Market. To know D-dad was to know that he lived to work hard for his family. He was born in 1934 to Howard and Flonnie Coats with siblings JC Coats, Mary Frances Williams, and Jerry Coats. From an early age, D-dad worked harder than most, plowing fields, raising cattle and hogs, and growing crops. He started out farming corn, beans, and watermelons. At age 14, he started working at the City Market, which eventually became his home away from home. He worked at the market his entire life, retiring at age 85. In 1953, D-dad met Barbara Clayton “Gran Gran,” the love of his life. After their romance turned into something more, they were married in 1954. Not long after, Terry entered the world, and he learned a lot about hard work by working the farm and the market with D-dad. Family was everything to D-dad, and family meals were a tradition that he and Gran-Gran shared with family and friends far and wide. When Terry got older and started his own family, everyone gathered at D-dad and Gran-Gran’s house every Wednesday and Sunday to share food and listen to D-dad’s stories about “the good ole’ days.” D-dad worked at the City Market for 71 years where he was loved by many, many people who came to see him as much for his kindness as they did for his produce. D-dad started at the City Market at a time when people still bought their produce at open air farmer’s markets, but his devoted customers stayed loyal to him for years after grocery stores came into fashion. Everyone from the mayor of Raleigh to neighbors down the street would stop by the market on Saturday for some fresh produce and a chat with the produce man. For his entire life, D-dad was a devout Christian and had a large extended family at Amelia Church. He regularly attended church services and the Sunday school classes that Gran-Gran taught. He was a simple man who worked hard, loved his family, and loved God. D-dad is survived by his son, Terry Coats and wife, Bebe; grand-daughter, Casey Hardin and husband, Milo; great-granddaughter, Adelyne Grayce; grandson, Hunter Coats and Marley Ranew; brother, Jerry Coats and wife, Phyllis and sister, Mary Frances Williams.

  • FAMILY

  • Terrry Coats, Son
  • Bebe Coats, Daughter-in-law
  • Jerry Coats, Brother
  • Phyllis Coats, Sister-in-law
  • Mary Frances Williams, Sister
  • Casey Hardin, Granddaughter
  • Milo Hardin, Grandson-in-law
  • Adelyne Grayce, Great Granddaughter
  • Hunter Coats, Grandson
  • Marley Ranew, Granddaughter-in-law

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021

  • Entombment

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Memories

Charles Howard Coats

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Jane Barbour

October 13, 2021

Terry,
So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I know Mike thought a lot of his uncle Charles and aunt Bobbie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Carolyn Shomaker

October 13, 2021

Terry and family -
I was so saddened to hear of Uncle Charles' passing. I have so many fond memories of him; he was "larger than life" and brought joy to so many people. I know he's with Aunt Bobbie and all the Clayton sisters and they're having a big time. Find comfort in the memories of the good times. Keeping y'all in my prayers.

Lois Driver

October 12, 2021

Terry,
I was sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I know you and your family will miss him dearly. I knew your Dad thru your Mom mostly. She would talk to me while getting her hair done. I would have Michelle’s little boy with me at the beauty shop and she would always tell him she had a little boy named Terry too. Your parents were fine people.

Wanda Todd Strickland

October 12, 2021

Terry and family …I am so sad to hear of your dad’s passing …your dad was one of the people my dad called first when he knew he only had a few days left on this earth last November …he respected, as I did your dad …they are rejoicing in heaven with the lives of their lives…prayers for all of you 🙏✝️ …Wanda and John

Christine B. Williams5763@bellsouth.net

October 12, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the entire Coats family during this sad time. Charles and wife Barbara were so loved by all who visited the City Market. I started going there every Saturday morning to get fresh veggies for the weekend. I especially loved the fresh green peas/garden peas. Charles knew it and therefore bestowed the nickname of "garden peas " to me. After that, nobody knew my name other than "garden peas ". Whenever Charles wasn't at the market on Friday or Saturday, I knew something was wrong. And the same for his wife Barbara, nicknamed Barbie Doll. They were truly a blessed and loving couple. Rest In Peace dear friend! I know Barbie Doll is waiting for you to join her in your heavenly home. Praying for you Terry and the family. God will keep you in his care, and has prepared a place in his kingdom for Charles. He is at peace now.
MUCH LOVE to you !

Christine Burrell Williams(Garden Peas)

Jerry & Phyllis Coats

October 11, 2021

Charles was not only a Brother/Brother-In-Law,but he was my friend.
I enjoyed cooking meals for him and especially Sunday”s when he would have Terry take him on Saturday to the Farmer’s Market or roadside produce stands to get special vegetables that me and him liked.His favorite dessert was Banana Pudding.He always said “Um Good”.
We shared many stories of things in our life past and present.
I never left him without telling him “I Love You Charles Coats”
We miss you, but God’s got you in his care.
You’ll Always Be In Our Heart!!

Linda Burton

October 11, 2021

I'm 65 now. I remember Mr. Coats like it was yesterday. In the 60s, mama (LaRue Brannan) and grandma (Tessie Booker - 65 in the 60s) would make a stop every Friday "down at Mr. Coats'" to get the regular vegetables for dinner or in the canning season bushels of corn, butter beans, crowder peas (my favorite), collard greens, fat back, and many many others. I knew it only as "Mr. Coats'" place. Mr. Coats was so funny, always bringing a smile or laughter to our hearts, stopping to speak and crack a joke with us. As I grew older I did stop by once or twice and introduce him to my new family in the 90s and he'd ask about Miss Tessie - I had to tell him she was gone. And in between quick sales with others he didn't hesitate one second to express his sorrow, that she will be missed as he cited a memory of her. He will be missed.

Debbie and Clif Parker

October 11, 2021

Dear Terry and family,
Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May your memories of your dad sustain you. We pray God's comforting arms will surround you all.

jewel beatty

October 10, 2021

My memories of charles,Barbara and Terry are visiting them with my grandma pearl and my mother. Charles was my mother's first cousin. We would go to farmers market downtown. I will always remember Charles's smile and laughter. They always made me feel their love and kindness. My prayers go out to Terry and family.

Allan Batten

October 10, 2021

Mr Charles was not only my neighbor for 68 years , he was also a good friend! Terry and I were best friends growing up and spent a lot of times at each other’s house. Mr Charles was one of my best customers when I started my repair business and brought a lot of his market customers to me to repair their tractors and trucks. He thought I could repair anything that was broke from diesel tractors to pea shelters to his display tables at the market , he would drag to my shop . I repaired your equipment, I baled your hay, you always treated me fair and always paid me good . I will miss you, the visits , the farm talk, deciding to cut hay , talking about cows. You are gone from the neighbor hood but you will never be forgotten . On my last visit a couple weeks ago, Charles told me I was the last of his farming buddies left and be sure to keep up the good work I was doing . I loved you Charles Coats 💔

FROM THE FAMILY