Lona Ruth Coate

September 23, 1932January 10, 2021

Lona Dixon Coate, born September 23, 1932 in Prichard, Alabama. She was a loving mother and GenGen. She always valued helping others and she loved her church and serving the Lord. She enjoyed her career at Phillips – Adams Middle School and volunteering at Springhill Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, George, E. Coate, Jr.; her patents, Woodie and Agnes Dixon; her sisters, Josephine Walker, Agnes Perkins, Della Delmas, Cora Williams and Georgia Laird; two brothers, Woodie Dixon, Jr. and Shirley Cochran, Jr. She is survived by her children, Susan (Cliff) Nelson, Robbie (The Rob) Coate, George E. Coate III., Jill (Stephen) Barfoot; four grandchildren, Cliff Nelson, Jr., Patrick (Julie) Nelson, Mary Layne Barfoot and Andrew Barfoot also, survived by nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Saraland United Methodist Church preferred. Those acting as pallbearers will be, Cliff Nelson, Jr., Patrick Nelson, Andrew Barfoot, Randy Fail, Scott Cochran and Eric Graves, those gentleman acting as honorary pallbearers are Woodie Perkins and Van Laird. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Saraland United Methodist Church, Saraland, Alabama. Funeral service will be held in the church at 11:00 a.m. with interment following in Satsuma, Alabama.


  • George, E. Coate, Jr., Husband (deceased)
  • Woodie and Agnes Dixon, Parents (deceased)
  • Josephine Walker, Agnes Perkins, Della Delmas, Sisters (deceased)
  • Cora Williams and Georgia Laird, Sisters (deceased)
  • Woodie Dixon, Jr. and Shirley Cochran, Jr., Brothers (deceased)
  • Susan (Cliff) Nelson, Daughter and Son-in-law
  • Robbie (The Rob) Coate, Daughter
  • George E. Coate III., Son
  • Jill (Stephen) Barfoot, Daughter and Son-in-law
  • Cliff Nelson, Jr., Grandson
  • Patrick (Julie) Nelson, Grandson
  • Mary Layne Barfoot, Granddaughter
  • Andrew Barfoot, Grandson
  • also, survived by nieces and nephews


  • VIsitation

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021


Lona Ruth Coate

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Esther Hosey

January 14, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Lona will be remembered as the “precious “ soul that she was. She was so loving and caring. She shared her love with everyone! Even after my children were grown, she never failed to ask about them, by name! She was truly an example of sainthood. I loved her dearly. #heartbroken

Tammy Watts

January 13, 2021

We are so sad to hear about the passing of Mrs. Coate’s (Gen Gen). She was a wonderful person and always had a warm smile. There’s one thing for sure, she loved her family and they surely loved her. We will be praying for the family in your time of grief.

Patricia Hopper

January 12, 2021

We have great admiration for Lona, her fortitude, determination, work ethic, her concern for the student at Adams, and most of all her love and support for her church. Her children's love and care for her speak highly of her devotion to them. Lona will be greatly missed. We will keep all the family in our prayers during this difficult time. May God grant each of you peace and strength. Terry and Pat Hopper