Vernon Coates

    Vernon Franklin Coates Sr., 91, of Marble, passed away Friday, May 25, 2018, at Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville.
    Vernon was the son of the late Frank Vernon and Edna Travis Coates.
    He was a U.S. Navy veteran during the Korean Conflict. Vernon and his wife retired to Cherokee County in 1983.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Coates, and sister, Juanita Rodgers.
    He is survived by his three sons, Vernon “Speedy” Coates Jr. and wife Barbara Ann of the Grape Creek community, Byron Coates and wife Carla of Statesville and Michael Coates of Hayesville; one daughter, Shareen Meeks; 15 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
    A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens with military rites to be conducted by VFW Post 10222, Joe Miller Elkin American Legion Post 96 and DAV Chapter 73 and American Legion Post 532 of Hayesville and VFW Post 6812.
    You may send tributes to the family at www.townson-rose.com.
    Townson-Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.