He was an educator, an author and a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend.
The family will receive friends Friday between the hours of 1-3 p.m.
Services will be conducted by Bro. Buddy Neal and Bro. James Boyd. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
Survivors include: his wife of 67 years, Elaine Wright Coats; children Robert "Bob" (Jean) Coats and Gail (Larry) Lane; sister Delma Frame; along with grandchildren Seth and Chance Coats.
He is preceded in death by parents and children James D. "Bud" Coats, William L. "Bill" Coats and Jeannie Coats Harwell.
Arrangements are in the care of Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.