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April 26, 2012

Coates, Larry

Senior adult pastor for Coosada Baptist Church and retired director of missions (DOM) for Tallapoosa Baptist Association died April 14. He was 72.

Coates graduated from the University of Mobile and the Bible Baptist Institute in Graceville, Fla., (now The Baptist College of Florida).

He served on staff at Baptist churches in Florida and was pastor of several Alabama Baptist churches including Zion Chapel Baptist Church, Elba; Lee Street Baptist Church, Enterprise; and First Baptist Church, Chatom. 

Coates served 10 years as DOM for Tallapoosa Association and retired from that position in 2005.

He later assumed the role of senior adult pastor at Coosada Baptist in February 2007, where he was serving at the time of his death.

“He … loved the Lord and he loved serving the Lord, and he loved God’s people,” said Coosada Baptist Senior Pastor Jim Graham.

Coates is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carolyn; two daughters; and three grandchildren.

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