Steve Coats

September 29, 1944 - November 28, 2009
Steve Coats


Today we celebrate the life of Mr. Samuel Steve Coats ,65, of Burgaw, NC. Steve was born in 1944 and returned to the earth on November 28, 2009 after succumbing to his eighteen month battle with melanoma cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife and friend of 30 years Deanna Coats; his mother Dorothy Murray; two daughters, Christie Coats and Paige Coats; his three sons Mark and wife Monica Coats, Mike and wife Elaine Coats, Johnny and wife Lynn Coats; his wonderful grandchildren, Julia Coats, Savannah Coats, Chris Coats, and Josh Coats; sister Jean and husband Earl Kirk, and brother Jason and wife Darlene Watson; Aunt Louise Byrd, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Steve retired from General Electric to enjoy his passions of gardening and traveling with his wife.

His family will have a Celebration of Life on December, 5th 2009 at 10:00 AM at Burgaw Presbyterian Church. Immediately following the service will be a reception in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Ability Garden 6206 Oleander Dr. Wilmington, NC 28403 or the Lower Cape Fear Hospice 1414 Physicians Dr. Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • November 30, 2009
    Jacqui and Eric Leiblein says:
    We will miss Steve and know that we are here for you always! Love You, Jacqui, Eric, & Carver

  • December 09, 2009
    Louema & Herbert Richardson says:
    Hi Deanna Just wanted you to know how sorry we are to hear of Steve's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • December 09, 2009
    Jeanine Easton says:
    Deanna & Family, I am so sorry for your loss & my thoughts & prayers are with you! Thanks for all the times we spent with you when we lived in N.C. Love, Jeanine, Heather & Zachary

  • December 12, 2009
    Roberta Rivenbark Lee says:
    First of all my deepest sympathy to all the family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. I was a friend of Mike and Johnny at Burgaw Middle School and when I saw the paper I was just so shocked. I have not seen you guys since school. But I just wanted you to know I'm thinking about you. Roberta Rivenbark Lee

  • December 04, 2009
    Carolyn & Randy Oglesby says:
    Our sincere sympathy to the Coats family in your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. (We are Julie Easton Oglesby's in-laws.) God bless you all.