John Day Coates, 86, of Thomasville died Jan. 4, 2010 at Thomasville Nursing Home.
He was born Dec. 27, 1923 in Tallahatta Springs. He was a member of the Springfield Methodist Protestant Church. He was a retired saw filer.
Survivors include his wife, Irma Lee Coates, Thomasville; one son, Dwight (Bonnie) Coates, Pine Hill; one daughter, Judy (Mike) Gray, Camarillo, CA; one sister, Delormie Wilson, Thomasville; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
The service was Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. at O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Rex Jackson officiating. Burial was at the Kelley Cemetery in Thomasville.
Active pallbearers were Caleb Champion, Steve Waldie, Billy Jackson, Dan Jackson, Wayne Luker and Evans Wilson.