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EDWARD COATES

December 7, 1926 November 10, 2010
EDWARD COATES
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Mr. Edward (Eddie) Coates, 83, of Huntingtown, MD departed this life on November 10, 2010 at Southern Maryland Hospital after a long illness.
Eddie was born December 7, 1926 to the late Charles and Alice Coates who preceded him in death. Eddie attended Young's Elementary School in Huntingtown Maryland. Eddie was united in marriage on March 1948 to Sarah C. Brown. To this union three (3) children were added; Diane, Loraine and Edward, Jr. Eddie later divorced and had years of friendship, with Minnie Stepney.
He worked for the Maryland Department of Transportation as a Truck Driver and retired in 1979. After his retirement Eddie was affectionately known in the community as "Mr. Purple Head". During Mr. Purple Head's ice-cream years, his sons and daughters took time to work with him; each gathering his/her fond memories. His favorite employee was his granddaughter Porscha who begin working on the truck strapped in her toddler seat. Whether at the Ball -Park or one of the many neighbor hoods he visited, a crowd gather for their favorite ice cream treat along with having the opportunity to share with someone who brought joy to their community.
During the late 80's Eddie rededicated himself and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of his life. He began a new journey serving Christ and grew in his commitment of being the earthly father Christ called him to be. He began his fellowship with Bishop White of Salvation Free in Washington, D.C. and later united with Patuxent United Methodist Church, Huntingtown Maryland.When he could no longer drive his ice-cream truck before becoming a patient at Clinton and Prince Frederick nursing facilities, he resided in the homes of his sons and daughters. Robin the youngest and Kim Mitchell were his caregivers. He was spoiled by all of them; being great cooks each brought his favorite dish upon his request for lunch and dinner. The Sons had the job of ensuring the shaving and hair cuts were timely and right.
Eddie had a great sense of humor, was no nonsense and enjoyed time spent with his children and grandchildren. You could tell the love he had for Troy and Tracy as they were often the center of his conversation. How grateful his Sons are that he took the time a year ago to share his wisdom and give instruction on being God fearing men. We praise God for technology that though he was not able to attend church he was able to listen to sermons and healing scriptures through-out his illness, affording him to hold on to his faith and God's unchanging hands.
Eddie was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Alice Coates, Sisters Belinda Coates and Mary Jenkins; brothers Charles, Willie, Carrie and Thurman Coates, he leaves to cherish his memories; Sister: Lorita Coates, Sons: Edward Jr., Stevie Stepney, Kim Stepney (Glenda); Daughters: Diane Kyler-Pierce, Lorraine Williams, Deborah Stepney, Sherry Evans (Gary), Barbara Rollocks (Michael)Robin Sweetney(Thomas); 5 Step-Children: Edward Stepney(Carol) Brenda Stepney, Joanne Brooks,(Isaac) Donald Stepney and Vegina Torney (Michael), a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends..

Cemetery:

Patuxent UM Church 3500 Solomons Island Road North Huntingtown, MD 20639 (map/driving directions)

Visitation:

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Sewell Funeral Home 1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Friday, November 19, 2010 (map/driving directions)

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Dunkirk Baptist Church 11275 Southern Maryland Boulevard Dunkirk, MD 20754 on Saturday, November 20, 2010 (map/driving directions)

Service:

11:00 AM at Dunkirk Baptist Church 11275 Southern Maryland Boulevard Dunkirk, MD 20754 on Saturday, November 20, 2010 (map/driving directions)

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