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Willie H. Coates Jr., age 81, of Hayes, and a lifelong waterman, died with family by his side on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at Riverside Convalescent Center in Saluda. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda Mae Coates; two daughters, Patricia Williams, Carolyn Turlington; son, Bennie Coates Jr.; parents, Willie Coates Sr. and Betty Coates. He is survived by grandchildren, Kristle Brown (Jay), Anthony Coates, Tracie Slavnik, Ken Turlington, Matthew Williams, Amy Denton, Susan Turlington; great-grandchildren, Larry Brown (Mackenzie) and Tori Brown.

Mr. Coates was laid to rest beside his wife on Monday, July 13, 2020, at 3 p.m. in Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church. Pastor Bill West conducted.

Services under the direction of Hogg Funeral Home.