|Birth: ||Apr. 10, 1908|
|Death: ||Nov. 19, 1965|
Robert Lee Coats
MIDDLEPORT - Robert Lee Coats, 57, prominent Middleport businessman and civic leader, died unexpectedly Friday night.
Mr. Coats, owner of the Rawlings-Coats Funeral Home, was administering oxygen to a patient being transported to Veterans Memorial Hospital. He slumped as the ambulance reached the area of the Pomeroy Elementary School. J.E. Simpson, an employee of the funeral home who was driving the vehicle, rushed Mr. Coats to the Veterans Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Death was attributed to a heart attack.
The son of the late Charles and Kathryn Heaton Coats, he was born at Winchester, Ind. Mr. Coats came to Middleport in 1933 where he had accepted employment with the late Bart Rawlings. In 1937, Mr. Rawlings and Mr. Coats entered into a partnership and opened the Rawlings-Coats funeral home on Second Ave.
Mr. Coats was responsible for the removal of an eyesore from the business section of Middleport where he purchased the Lyons building on North Second Ave. The unfurnished building with its open front had for many years stood in the heart of business section. Mr. Coats completed the building into one of the most modern of the town. The building is now occupied by Ingles Furniture, Dutton's Drugs and the Columbia Gas Co.
Mr. Coats was an active member of Heath Methodist Church. He was a member of the Middleport Board of Education for 10 years, was serving as president of the Middleport Chamber of Commerce at the time of his death and was a past president of the Middleport-Pomeroy Rotary Club. He belonged to Middleport Lodge 363, F&AM, Aladdin Temple and the Scottish Rite in Columbus and the Twin City Shrine Club. He was a director of Citizens National Bank.
Surviving are his wife, Edna Maxine; a son, Stephen, studying medicine at the School of Osteopathy in Kirksville, Mo.; a daughter, Mrs. Christine McIntyre, Springfield, and two brothers, Fred, Muncie, Ind., and Roger, Winchester, Ind. Besides his parents, two sisters preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Rawlings-Coats Funeral Home with the Rev. M.E. Dowson officiating. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home. Masonic rites will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
November 21, 1965.
Edna Maxine Hayes Coats (1916 - 2004)
Created by: Robert V Darst
Record added: Nov 05, 2010
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