Robert Lee Coats Sr.

Robert Lee Coats Sr. of Old Town, Fla., formerly of Towanda, passed away on Jan. 3, 2013. Robert was born June 3, 1932 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania to the parents of Frank Lewis Coats and Thressa Louise Hovencamp.

Robert served with the 522 Army Division during the Korean Conflict after which he attended the Pennsylvania College of Technology where he received training as a master carpenter. His work can still be seen in many of the houses in Towanda as well as all of Bradford County.

His greatest work though was as one of Jehovah's Witnesses where he helped many come to a knowledge of God.

He is survived by his five children, Debra & Louis Gourd of Zephyrhills, Fla., Beverly Parker of Old Town, Fla., Robert & Patty Coats of Pinehurst N.C., Michael & Joy Coats of Henderson, N.C. and Steve Coats of Ocala, Fla. as well as 12 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; two sisters Ruth Lane and Joyce Behrens; two sisters-in-Law Bertha Bull and Rita Coats; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife Doris Ann of 56 years, his parents Frank and Thressa Coats, two brothers; Frank and Henry.

A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 292 SE 309 Street, Cross City, Fla.

Interment will be in the Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills at a later date to be announced.


Published in Daily Review on Jan. 10, 2013