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Johnnie Mae Taylor Coates

February 7, 1939 ~ July 10, 2019 (age 80)

West Columbia-Johnnie Mae Taylor Coates, 80, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Born in Columbia, SC, she was a daughter of the late Estelle Wessinger.

Ms. Coates was a LPN at the state hospital. She was a strong woman and was considered to be the "rock" of the family. Ms. Coates was known as "Ma" to her great-grands.

Survivors include her daughters Patricia Eargle, Peggy Williams (Don), Tenny Rea (Tim); grandchildren Priscilla (Jason), Felicia, Ashley, Vickie (Wayne); 9 great-grandchildren; and sisters Betty Dinkins, Joyce Barrier. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her loving husband Lloyd J. Coates, Sr.; son Lloyd J. Coates, Jr.; daughters Olivia Coates, baby girl Coates; and brother William Taylor.

A funeral service will be held 3 p.m., Sunday, July 14, 2019, at Laurel Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Gibson Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Barr-Price Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel.

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