‹ Return to Current Obituaries

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before John's visitation.

John Wallace Coats Jr.

John Wallace "Red" Coats, Jr. went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. He was born February 16, 1937, in Laurens, SC. He graduated from Ford High School in 1955, and left shortly thereafter to join the U.S. Air Force, serving 18 months of his service in the Philippine Islands.He was the youngest son of the late John Wallace Coats, Sr. and Mozell Cogsdill Coats. He was a retired supervisor from Monsanto Fibers Division, Greenwood plant with 30 years of service.He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Betty Bartley Coats; two sons, Steven Coats (Renee) of Waterloo and Ricky Coats (Tammy) of South Haven, MI; three daughters, Lynda Lovvorn (Terry) of Due West, Debra Coats of Waterloo, and Angela Dallis (Chuck) of North Augusta; 19 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren with one due to arrive in May.He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Donna Coats; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Smith; and brothers, Fred Dewitt Coats, Robert Coats, Nelson Coats, and Edwin "EC" Bartley.He was a member of New Beginning Baptist Church, where he was a member of the adult Sunday School class, a member of the church choir, and a member of the men's brotherhood.He had four brothers-in-law that he held dear to his heart and called them brother: Edwin Bartley (Grace), Jerry Bartley (Theda), Freddie Bartley (Tavy), and Jim Bartley (Debbie).Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, January 18, 2019, at New Beginning Baptist Church, 286 Serene Drive, Waterloo, SC 29384, conducted by Pastor Allen Gregory. Burial with military honors will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.The family will be at their respective homes and will receive friends at The Kennedy Mortuary from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Thursday, January 17, 2019.Pallbearers will be Jonathan Lovvorn, Jeffrey Lovvorn, Jared Lovvorn, David Allen Coats, Dylan Coats, and Jason Bartley.Honorary Pallbearers will be Jerry and Theda Bartley, Freddie and Tavy Bartley, Jim and Debbie Bartley, JB and Joan Calliham, Grace Bartley, and Dr. Dan Robinson.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Beginning Baptist Church, c/o Pastor Allen Gregory, 150 Bethany Church Road, Laurens, SC 29360.Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of John Wallace Coats Jr. please visit our Sympathy Store.

Cemetery Details

Forest Lawn Cemetery
765 East Main Street
Laurens, SC, 29360


JAN 17. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)

The Kennedy Mortuary, Inc.

606 West Main Street

Laurens, SC, 29360


JAN 18. 2:00 PM (EST)

New Beginning Baptist Church

286 Serene Drive

Waterloo, SC, 29384

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of John Coats Jr., please visit our flower store.


So sorry to hear of John's passing. You are in our prayers.Richard and Judy Anderson.

Richard Anderson Jan 18 2019 12:00 AM

Betty, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. You have my deepest sympathy. Janette Scott

Janette B. Scott Jan 18 2019 12:00 AM

Debra, Lynda, Steve, Ricky and family.... I am sorry to hear of Uncle Reds passing. I am so sorry for your loss. You all will be in my heart and prayers. He was one of the good ones. Love to all, Suzanne Roper and family.

Suzanne Roper Jan 18 2019 12:00 AM

Betty,It was always a great pleasure to see you and your sweet John. I'm thankful that our paths crossed and I hope to see you again soon. My prayers are for your peace and comfort.

Jean Griffin Jan 18 2019 12:00 AM

Lynda, Debra, Steve, Ricky and the entire family. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad, and Dear Loved one. I have some very fond memories of times spent in your home when y'all lived in Spring Valley. Your Dad was always so kind to us and treated us as if we were his kids as well.

Patsy (Blanton) Motte Jan 17 2019 12:00 AM

Albemarle Corporation Tyrone purchased the Beautiful in Blue for the family of John Wallace Coats Jr..

Albemarle Corporation Tyrone Jan 17 2019 12:00 AM

Friends and Family uploaded 2 to the gallery.

Friends and Family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM