Earl Coats, III, age 75, went to be with the Lord on January 6, 2023, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born on February 6, 1947, in Altus, Arkansas, to the late Earl Coats, Jr., and Mary Sue Taylor Coats.
He is survived by his wife Virginia Hughes Coats and his children Jill Rampley and husband Brian, Patrick Coats and wife Robin, Elisabeth Murray and husband Brandan, Abigail Coats, Joel Coats, and Jonathon Coats, as well as his siblings Suanne Morgan and husband Jack, John Coats and wife Kristie, and Jane Williamson and husband J.B., and two grandchildren.
Earl was a devout Christian, an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Alma High School, and a loyal Razorback fan. He served in the Air National Guard where he was trained in photo intelligence and the US Navy where he used those skills. He was a Vietnam Veteran having served on the USS America (CVA/CV-66).
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 11:00am at Salem United Methodist Church; 1018 Salem Road, Conway, Arkansas 72034. A Graveside Service will be held at a later date at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com