Lucille Johnson Coates, 92, passed away at her home on July 1, 2014, surrounded by family. Her most beloved occupation was being a homemaker for her family. She took great pride and joy in cooking, sewing and the home arts. In addition, she was a teacher in Johnston County's Headstart program for several years and worked at a number of fabric stores in Johnston County.
As a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church of Smithfield, she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and served as a deacon. As a member of the Woman’s Auxiliary she received the Dola Dudley Award and the Auxiliary Life Award.
Mrs. Coates was a devoted sister, mother and wife.
She was preceeded in death by her husband, the Reverend Albert T. Coates and her son, the Reverend Donald A. Coates. She is survived by her children Bonnie Glass (John), Danny Coates, Janet Clark (Randy), and daughter-in-law Suzanne Coates. Her nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren called her “Gammy.”
The family would like to thank those who provided such loving and compassionate care for her including the staff at Wil/Med Hospital in Wilson, NC; Dr. Hal Woodall, Vickie, Regina, and staff at Kenly Medical Associates; and her home care-givers Lola, Sheryl, Debbie, Kirstie, Austin and others.
July 4 at First Free Will Baptist Church, Smithfield, 529 South 3rd Street, Smithfield with the Reverend Sam Weeks and the Reverend Howard Scott officiating.
Visitation will begin at 10:00 am,
Memorial Service at 11:00 am
Graveside Service (Sunset Memorial Park, corner of Hwy 70 and Hwy 210, Smithfield)