OBITUARY

Randall Brooks Coates

June 11, 1980March 15, 2021
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Brooks Coates passed away at the age of 40 on Monday, March 15, 2021, in Macon, GA. He was born on June 11, 1980 in Natchez, Mississippi. Brooks was known by everyone for his enormous heart and go-to attitude. He leaves behind his parents, Don and Karen, who love him more than words can express. Brooks also leaves behind a brother and best friend, Reeves; his favorite sister, Katie; his brother-in-law, Bert Goldman; and their three children, Andrew, Kenda Marie, and Patrick. They adored their Uncle Brooks and will miss his abounding love, big hugs and lift-ups, and playful times together.

Brooks and his significant other and love of his life, Andrea Tice, had been sweethearts during their high school years. After some years apart on life’s different pathways, their hearts once again found each other. Andrea will miss the loving care, laughs, and happy times they shared as they were building their lives together. Their frisky dog Daisy will also miss Brooks’ snuggles, hugs, and their fun frolics together.

Brooks was a joyful person who never missed an opportunity to find and express his hilarious quick wit and humor in any situation. His loving bond will be cherished by his aunts and uncles - Peggy and George, Johnny and Dottie, Fred, Al and Lissa, and Davy and Diana. Forever in their memories his strong bond will be remembered by his cousins Karen, Christine, Lisa and Jeff, Frederick and Jennifer, John Paul and Ashley, Claire and Justin, and Jamie, and also his countless friends in the Natchez and Macon areas.

He spread his joy in the many places in which he lived: Mississippi, Virginia, Nebraska, the Philippines, Warner Robins, and Macon, GA. Brooks graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic School in Warner Robins, GA; he was a Mount de Sales Academy graduate with the class of 1998 in Macon, GA. In 2006, he earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH. Brooks was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and actively served for 22 years in the Knights of Columbus as a Fourth Degree member.

He took great satisfaction in always lending a helping hand to others and enhanced the lives of all those blessed to know him. To honor his giving spirit, in lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to Daybreak Day Resource Center located at 174 Walnut Street, Macon, GA, 31201. Daybreak provides programs and support services to help those affected by homelessness. Also, memorial donations can be made to Middle Georgia Access to Justice Council, Inc, PO Box 1732, Macon, GA, 31202. The organization provides needed legal assistance to those in Middle Georgia who otherwise cannot afford it. Or donations can be made to Cathedral Catholic School, 701 North Martin Luther King, Jr. Street, Natchez, MS, 39120--the school of his nephews and niece.

A Rosary and Vigil Service will be held at Snow’s Memorial Chapel Cherry Street on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. with visitation to follow. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 19, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. in Macon at St. Joseph Catholic Church with a reception to follow in the church Social Hall. The Mass will be streamlined on the St. Joseph Catholic Church Facebook page.

Services

  • Rosary

    Thursday, March 18, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, March 19, 2021

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John Taylor

March 29, 2021

Donnie, I am so sorry to hear the passing of your son. Losing a child is a parents worst loss. My regrets.

David Godefroy

March 24, 2021

There are groans to deep for words, Donnie & Karen ; we pray for His strength and peace beyond understanding .
David Godefroy & family

Barbara Sloan

March 24, 2021

I am so very sorry for your loss, Donnie and family. Having lost one of my sons when he was only 24, I know something of the grief you are feeling. May Brooks rest in peace and may his memory always be for a blessing.

Richard Lane

March 22, 2021

Don, Karen, and Katie, so sorry to hear about Brooks. Our prayers are with you. Rich and Linda

John Dattilo

March 20, 2021

Don and Karen and Reeves and Katie we are so sorry for your loss You have our deepest sympathy. Brooks was a special young man we have you in our prayers.
John and Johanne.

Joseph union

March 19, 2021

Just learned today about your son. Joe and I are so saddened. He was so young. Younger than our daughter, Melanie. Our hearts go out to both of you at this sad time. We will say prayers for you to gain inner strength to cope with your loss.
Joe and Gail Union

Arlen Goff

March 19, 2021

Dear Don and Karen,

It is such a great tragedy that you have experienced over the past few days in the death of your son Brooks. As it has so often be said, it is not right that a parent should live to see the death of their child. The pain may at times seem unbearable, but there will soon be a time when memories of Brooks' life with you all will bring smiles instead of tears.

It is hard for me to believe that I had known Brooks for so long, mostly through his love for Andrea and his friendship with Bill. I have fond memories of trips we took as a family with Brooks as our cherished fellow traveler. Those memories often feature bouts of uproarious laughter witnessing the antics of Brooks and his co-conspirator Bill.

In recent years, I witnessed the height, length, breadth, and depth of Brooks' love for Andrea and found myself in deep gratitude of the life they were building together. I was blessed to be at table with them on numerous occasions and appreciated what a fine man he had become.

Know that I will be holding you all in the depths of my heart as you move through these coming days of loss, grief, and. bereavement. Know that you are surrounded by friends and family who travel with you along this journey and can hold your sorrows as well as your joys. Know that your strong faith can uphold you and guide you in the days to come.

With much love,
Arlen

Tiffany Howle (Ridings)

March 19, 2021

Prayers to the Coates and Sacred Heart Family. I’m so very sorry for such a loss.

Stephen Beaty

March 19, 2021

We are sad to learn of the passing of Brooks and have all of the family in our prayers.
Stephen, Carmen and Mark Beaty of Warner Robins

Sheila Woods

March 18, 2021

To Andrea and all of Brooks’ family,
Our deepest condolences for your loss.

Sheila Woods and Paula Bosworth

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