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Ronald "Ronnie" Coates

September 25, 2018

Ronald "Ronnie" Coates, age 70, of the Windom Community, passed away on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 at this home.  He was born in Buncombe County to the late Paul and Cora Griffin Coates and was the husband of Reba Jean Coates.  In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his sisters: Teresa Bradley and Brenda Coates.  Ronnie worked as a supervisor at Baxter retiring after a 20 year career. He loved anything to do with cars; working on cars, restoring cars and collecting over 1500 die cast NASCAR cars.  His first word was even "car".  Ronnie enjoyed watching wrestling, building and taking family trips to Pigeon Forge. 

            Left to cherish his memories is his loving wife of 51 years, Reba Jean Coates;  sons:  Brian and Eric Coates of Burnsville;  grandson, Bently Coates;  sisters:  Phyllis Rowland and husband, Don, of Atlanta, GA and Paula Fox and husband, Frank, of Fletcher and brothers:  Larry Coates and Buddy Coates and wife, Karen, all of Asheville.  Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

            Per Ronnie's request, no services will be held. 

            The family would like to say a very special thank you to the staff of Hospice of Yancey County for the wonderful care given to Ronnie.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to them at 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714. 

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