NEW BERN - Christine Coates Tyson, 90, of New Bern, passed away on Monday, November 12, 2012, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. As a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, family was of the utmost importance to Christine which was demonstrated through her love and devotion to them each and every day. She was also an accomplished businesswoman and pioneer in the auto supply business. Following the illness and untimely passing of her first husband, John Milton Coates, Christine took the reins of their company and became the President of New Bern Auto Supply Co., transforming the distressed business into a thriving success. She was also a woman of faith and a member of First Baptist Church for more than 60 years where she had been involved in Sunday school and ministry to children.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2012, at First Baptist Church with Dr. Steve Fitzgerald officiating, followed by a reception in the Family Life Center. She will be laid to rest at Greenleaf Memorial Park.
She is survived by her husband of 33 years, W.M. Tyson of New Bern; son, J. Timothy Coates of New Bern; daughter, Phyllis Coates Turlington (John) of Raleigh; six grandchildren, Shelley Turlington Kraft (Milton), Mark Turlington (Jill), Brittany Coates, Janna Coates, Brent Coates and Toli Coates; four great grandchildren, Alex Kraft, Nicholas Kraft, Kate Turlington and Abby Turlington.
For those considering memorial contributions, the family suggests they be made in Christine's memory to the Autism Society of North Carolina, 505 Oberlin Road, Suite 230, Raleigh, NC 27605.
Friends are invited to share condolences and sign the online guest book by visiting www.pollockbest.com.
Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations has the honor of serving The Tyson Family.