Mr. Alvin Coates, the son of the late Archer and Lucille Coates, departed this life Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg, Va. He was born July 20, 1958, in Newport News, Va., and was a member of the Blandford Community. He was preceded in death by his brother, Archer Coates, Jr. Alvin was previously employed with Chesterfield County Public Schools. He was a loving and caring father, a big fan of card pools, and mostly football. Alvin leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Mary Hicks of Chesterfield, Va., and Keanna Hood of Petersburg, Va.; two stepsons, Lavell Hood and Devon Hood of Petersburg, Va.; eight grandchildren; four aunts, Clara Lane of Surry County, Va., Marjorie Lewis and Katherine Massenburg, both of St. Albans, NY, and Dealie Anderson of Petersburg, Va.; one sister-in-law, Mercell Coates; a long-time loving friend, Lewis Houston; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Services for Mr. Alvin Coates will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 14, 2017, at the Chapel of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA., the Rev. Merle King, eulogist. Interment to follow at Wilkerson Memorial Cemetery. Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. Coates and watch the funeral services live online at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, Va., (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
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