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Obituary for ROBERT LOUIS COATES, SR.
After a lengthy illness, God sent His angels to Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 2:20 p.m. to bring Bobby home. Bobby was born in Sunderland, Maryland to the late Lillian Coates and Charles Emerson. He was educated in the Calvert County Public Schools System. He worked in construction and in tobacco - from seeding to hanging. Bobby spent half of his life in Calvert. He went to Washington, DC to see how life was in the big city. He decided to make it his home. There, he was a painting contractor until he became ill. Bobby loved people and was a kind and gentle man. His laughter was contagious. He took life in stride. Even while sick, he never complained. When asked how he was feeling, he always said that he was doing just fine. Every year, he threw a birthday party for himself and a super bowl party. He loved to watch sports. He also thought that he could out dance James Brown. He was swift on his feet! Cherished memories of Bobby will be shared by his son, Robert, Jr.; daughter, Joyce; stepmother, Edyth Emerson; sisters, Verla (Earl), Elizabeth, Faye (Raymond), Regina, Rachel (Charles), Cassandra (Calvin), Terri Lee (Charles), Winda and Sandra; brothers, John (Mary), Tenney, Charles, Jerome (Barbara), Colvin (Sherry), Michael (Dorothy), Paul and Tony; six grandchildren and a host of other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by three brothers: Anthony Emerson and Ronald and Randy Cannon and one nephew, Jeremy McKenzie.