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Paul Ray Coats
May 28, 1952 - January 28, 2021

Mr. Paul Ray Coats, 68, of Trumann passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021 at the family residence. He was born May 28, 1952 in Wynne, AR and had lived most of his lifetime in Trumann.  He was a retired electrician for Monroe Manufacturing, an avid Ham Radio operator and a member of the Viva Drive Church of Christ. Mr. Coats was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Ann Coats, one brother, Larry Dale Coats and his parents, Herbert Brown and Dathel Clarice Cannon Coats.       He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Coats of the home; one sister, Carol Coats Caldwell of Brookland and several nieces and nephews. Graveside Celebration of Life service will be Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Nettleton Cemetery in Jonesboro with Bill Willard officiating. Burial will follow with Thompson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.                                                                In compliance with Covid-19 guidelines, a mask or other facial covering is required, a Covid-19 acknowledgement form is required to be signed and social distancing will be observed.      An online register book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net

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February 1, 2021
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Nettleton Cemetery

Jonesboro, AR 72401

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  1. Kathy Cochran, Idaho says

    I graduated with Paul. So sorry to hear of his passing.??????. Kathy (Doty) Cochran

  2. David J Hare (K5MCM), Little Rock, AR says

    I consider Paul a close personal friend. He will be missed talking every morning by the Amateur Radio friends around the State. 73's

  3. ken d. copeland, mulberry ar says

    rose we will all miss paul greatly we loved paul and will think of him every day on the air. thank you for being a great wife to paul ken k5kd

  4. Eldon Moore KE5BI, Benton, Ar says

    Great friend, will miss you

  5. Troy Driggers , Batesville, AR says

    Praying for God to comfort the family and friends. I enjoyed knowing and visiting with my amateur radio buddy. God bless. KF5ETD

  6. Joel Harrison - W5ZN, Searcy, AR says

    Deepest Sympathy

  7. John Godfrey, BATESVILLE says

    I am sure going to miss you my friend.

  8. Dale Anderson, Now in Cherokee Village, AR says

    So sorry to hear this. Just found out today Jan 31. He was my work partner at Monroe in the electrical shop. He just commented on one of my facebook post a couple of days ago. He gave no indication that anything was wrong. What a shock.

  9. LARRY ROGERS, GREENWOOD AR says

    SEE YOU LATER MY FRIEND VIA W5USA

  10. Wayne & Genice Berry, Sidney Arkansas says

    We send prayers to the family. Mr Paul will be greatly missed on the radio and at hamfest. he was here last Saturday for a visit and got some tower. May God take him home to be with the silent keys. If I spelled something for give me I have tears running down my face. Wayne KB9ELS and Genice KI5GRX

  11. Richard Potter, Paragould, Arkansas says

    I worked with Paul at Monroe. Paul was always a good guy. I'm ashamed that I didn't keep in touch with him as much as I should have. Rose, I want to offer you my sincere condolences. I think Paul had a good life, and I was proud to have known him.

  12. Randell Curtis, Trumann says

    My heart hurts at the passing of my friend Paul. We first met in 1974 through ham radio, and became friends. He carried me to several FCC testing sessions in Memphis and Little Rock when I was a kid and had no transportation. During the 80's and 90's life took us different directions, and we only talked occasionally. Three years ago, after my retirement, we were able to connect again, and we spoke almost daily by text, phone, or radio. His last test to me said " I have to go to the store, do you need anything. I can leave it in your drive." (we have covid) This was typical of Paul to help someone in need. My heart is broken, and I will miss our daily visits. I love you my brother. RIP

  13. John Honnoll, 253 County Road 464 Jonesboro, AR 72404-7575 says

    Paul and I have been real good friends for many years. We spent a lot of time talking on Ham Radio. We also attended a lot of Ham Fest over the years in a lot of locations. I am really going to miss Paul. I helped Paul with some things around his house because of his health problems. I also was planning with Paul about completing some other projects. Paul delayed me completing these projects and I was unable to complete the projects before he passed.

  14. Rex Marshall Border, Jonesboro Ar says

    Rose Marie : I'm so sorry I just spoke too Paul Wednesday and I knew about his heart problems . As you know I'll miss our catfish dinners , he was one of my few friends and I will terribly miss him and our Conversations . I will attend at the Grave site , Paul was most certainly a good and fine man . In Christ Marshall Border

  15. Deborah Maglothin, Jonesboro says

    Doug and I are so sad to learn of Paul Ray’s passing. Our sympathy is with your family during this difficult time.

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