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Helen Coates

March 28, 1925 — February 3, 2017

Helen Morrison Armstrong CoatesMountvilleHelen Morrison Armstrong Coates, 91, wife of J.W. Coates and the late Charles E. Armstrong, Sr., passed away Friday, February 3, 2017.Born in Henderson County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Burgain H. and Lillie Hill Morrison. Mrs. Coates, known affectionately to her family as "Sweetie Pie," graduated from Laurens High School and was retired from G.E. A member of Beaverdam Baptist Church, she was also a faithful supporter of The Bar None Cowboy Church. In addition to her husband, she is survived by: her sons, Eddie Armstrong and wife Betty of Gilbert, Gerry Armstrong of Columbia, and Tony Armstrong and wife Edna of Montgomery, TX; step-children, Gerri McCuen of Pelzer, Jim Coates of Lyndeboro, NH, and Floyd Coates of Waterloo; sisters, Eleanor Lawson of Whitmire, Ann McDowell of Laurens, and Millie Gwinn of Laurens; grandchildren, Breck Armstrong, Sheri Paxton, Ashley Snyder, Susie Tracy, Carli Metcalf, and Colton Armstrong; and ten great grandchildren.In addition to her first husband and parents, she was predeceased by: a brother, Daniel Morrison and sisters Pauline Strickland and Evelyn Wilson; and a granddaughter, Evie Word.Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm, Monday, February 6, 2017, at Beaverdam Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Phil Bryson with burial in Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery.The family will be at the home of her sister, Ann McDowell, 112 Arrowood Drive, Laurens, SC 29360, and will receive friends at The Kennedy Mortuary, on Sunday, February 5, 2017, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beaverdam Baptist Church, 1555 Beaverdam Church Rd, Mountville, SC 29370, or to a charity of one's choice.Condolences may be expressed to the family at To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Helen Coates please visit our Sympathy Store.

Cemetery Details

Shiloh United Methodist Cemetery
36 Shiloh Church Rd.
Gray Court, SC, 29645


FEB 5. 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)

The Kennedy Mortuary

606 West Main Street PO Box 282

Laurens, SC, 29360


FEB 6. 3:00 PM (EST)

Beaverdam Baptist Church

1555 Beaverdam Church Road

Mountville, SC

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