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Brother Michael Coates, Sr.

July 4, 1947 ~ December 27, 2016 (age 69)

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Bennettsville, SC

Mr. Michael “Mike” Ballard Coates, Sr., age 69, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at his residence after an illness.

Born in Chesterfield, SC, on July 4, 1947, he was the son of the late Douglas and Juanita Ballard Coates and son of the late Josephine Coates.  He was a United States NAVY veteran having served during the Vietnam War, and served as a faithful member of Christian Fellowship Church. He was the former owner and operator of Cheraw Sash Indoor Lumber Company, and formerly served on the S.C. State Highway Patrol assigned in York County, SC. He served as the Health Safety & Environmental Manager (HSE). He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved playing golf with his friends, and enjoyed time spent with his family especially at Christmas.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Wanda Pope Coates of their home in Bennettsville; sons, Michael B. Coates, Jr. and wife Janet of Bennettsville and Bryan L. Coates of Bennettsville; a sister, Janes Gates Pelfrey of Cheraw; 2 grandchildren, Kelton Michael Coates and Brandon Michael Feinberg; one great-granddaughter, Bailey Sky; sister-in-law, Lynn Coates and by a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and other relative and friends.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M. on Friday, December 30, 2016 at Christian Fellowship Church officiated by Pastor Julius Bunch.  Burial, directed by Burroughs & Cooper Funeral Home will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. The family will greet friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at the funeral home.

Mr. Coates was preceded in death by his parents and step-mother listed above; by two brothers, Glynn and Frankie Coates; and by a brother-in-law, Earl Pelfrey.

Memorials are suggested to: Christian Fellowship Church, 1615 Hwy. 38 S. Bennettsville, SC  29512.

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Burroughs & Cooper Funeral Home is honored to serve the Coates Family.



 Service Information

December 29, 2016

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Burroughs Funeral Home
688 Beauty Spot Road East
Bennettsville, South Carolina 29512

Funeral Service
December 30, 2016

2:00 PM
Christian Fellowship Church
Hwy 38 South
Bennettsville, South Carolina 29512

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