James Berry Coats

October 21, 1934January 12, 2020

James Berry Coats, age 85, of Terrell, Texas passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020. James was born October 21, 1934 in Non, Oklahoma to parents Harve Coats and Clara (Purser) Coats.

James is preceded in death by his parents, wife of 62 years, Lena Faye Coats, three brothers: Wayne Coats, Wendell Coats, Carl Coats and sister Reba Coats. He is survived by his children: Becky Pennington and husband Terry of Terrell, TX, Gerry Wayne Coats of Terrell, TX, Carolyn Zello and husband Paul of Wills Point, TX,; 7 grandchildren: Christina, Michael, Tiffany, Kevin, Savannah, Ryan, Joshua; 9 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; sister Glenda Newton of Clinton, Oklahoma and a host of other family and beloved friends who will miss him greatly.

James served in the military for 6 years and after that he retired from the union. He was a devoted husband, father & grandpa. He was loved & respected by anyone that knew him.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Coats family.


8 February

Military Graveside Service

10:00 am - 10:30 am


  • Memorial Service Thursday, January 16, 2020


James Berry Coats

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Gayla Kugel

January 15, 2020


I was never fortunate enough to meet your father but please know you and your family are in my prayers. Peace be with you and your family. Amen.

Sarah -Stewart-Kugel's mother-in-law

Gayla Kugel

Tiffany Callaway

January 15, 2020

My PaPa sure was a loving PaPa always gave hugs and kisses. He did everything and anything for his family and always wanted his family together. He loved my Nanny so much and treated her like she walked on water. He sure knew how to show people how to treat your wife and loved ones by being the best role model for our family.
I sure do miss our morning talks, I picked up my phone multiple times to call him and had to stop myself. Which was very heartbreaking. But I know he has lived an amazing life. I sure will miss out morning talks. Everyday he told me how proud he was of me. He got to see my new home a couple of times which is amazing and said he loved it and was so happy for us and proud.
I love you papa and will miss you everyday!! ❀️

Charlotte Garcia

January 15, 2020

I will never forget the day I met JB, I was 15 and he was the sweetest man I had ever met. He made me feel right at home. We began to develop our relationship when I became his daughter in law. He made no difference he treated me like his daughter always kind loving and so understanding. When Kevin, his grandson, was born he was so happy, the apple of his eye. He loved him so much. When Gerry and I divorced he made no difference he still considered me family. In 1988 I will never forget the sacrifice he made when I had my car accident in Mexico. He sent money for my treatment and way home. He helped my family so much. When my daughter, Mariah, was born he loved her too. He would give her birthday present every year and when she went off to college he would send her money and call to check on her or just to encourage her. He treated her like his blood. I love how he had room to love everyone. He was the best!! James we love you so much and we will forever hold your memories close to our heart❀ RIP spread your wings and flyπŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹β€πŸ’œπŸ’“πŸ’™πŸ’›β€πŸ’œπŸ’“ love you to the moon and back.

Theresa Brantley

January 14, 2020

JB is one of the best men I know!! He had a very kind caring heart!! I worked with JB for years and went to many horse races!! Lots of great times with him and Fay and their family. He was the best truck driver on the Dallas streets. If you learned to drive from him you learned a lot!! He is now in heaven with Fay. I know he made it on time ,with no traffic in his way, his paperwork was in order. because that's the way he did it!!

Theresa and Larry Brantley