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Edward Coates

Edward Coates

Posted: Thursday, October 2, 2008 2:48 pm

 The Messenger. 10.02.08

Edward Eugene Coates, 74, of Abilene, Texas, a former resident of Union City, died Sept. 27, 2008, in Abilene.

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday at University Church of Christ in Abilene, with Dr. Ed Enzor officiating. Burial will follow in Buffalo Gap (Texas) Cemetery. 

The family requests that memorials be made to the Drs. Edward and Jane Coates ACU Endowed Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 29130, ACU Station, Abilene, TX 79699.

He was born Sept. 4, 1934, in St. Louis, son of the late Dennis and Ruby Laverne (Vaughn) Coates. He moved to Troy when he was 12 years old and he attended Union City High School, where he played football and was president of the UCHS Class of 1952. He was also state 4-H Club president and was the school’s delegate to Boys State. In addition, he was business manager of the 1952 UCHS yearbook.

He had been a member of Exchange Street Church of Christ and had attended David Lipscomb College in Nashville, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in biology, Bible and speech. He completed his master’s degree at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro and his doctorate at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1970. He was one of six doctoral students in the U.S. to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and to have his doctoral work funded by the government.

He also preached at West End Church of Christ in Knoxville and he and his wife, the former Nancy Jane Johnson of Obion, worked to make Knoxville Christian Schools a reality. 

From 1970-72, he taught at Morehead State University in Kentucky and then moved to Abilene to join the faculty at Abilene Christian University. He and his wife of 54 years were both professors in the education department there, sharing an office suite until her retirement.

He taught Educational Psychology and other classes for 36 years before retiring Aug. 31, 2008. He also maintained a family counseling practice for more than 30 years.

He had been an elder and counseling minister at Highland Church of Christ, assistant minister at Westgate Church of Christ and a gospel preacher for 20 years in Tennessee, Kentucky and Texas, with several years of service at West End Church of Christ and at North Tennessee Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro. He and his wife had been members of University Church of Christ in Abilene for several years.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three sons, Nick Coates and Neal Coates, both of Abilene, and Nelson Coates of Los Angeles; his daughter, Nancy (Coates) Penney of Houston; 20 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Dr. Nathan Coates; his brother, Jim Coates; and two grandsons, Isaac Coates and Samuel Coates.

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