John Sherman Coats, 54, 30-year Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding welder

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John Sherman Coats
John Sherman Coats

John Sherman Coats, of Yorktown, died June 14, 2015, at the age of 54.

He was born on Nov. 12, 1960, the first-born son of the late John William and Annie Mae Coats. He honored them with his service in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Nimitz, followed by his 30-year welding career at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding.

Johnny leaves behind a sister, Rebecca Flanigan, her husband Michael and their two children, Kane and Nathan; a brother, Timothy Coats, his wife Janet and their three children, Rachel, Daniel and Matthew; and several aunts, uncles and cousins who were close to his heart.

Johnny was a member of Seaford Baptist Church and could often be found sitting at the information desk on Sundays. His last days were laden with escalating health complications and his journey home to his Heavenly Father was a demonstration of God’s mercy.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Seaford Baptist Church with the Rev. Michael Howard officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Seaford Baptist Church, P.O Box 207, Seaford, VA 23696.

Please leave online condolences for the family in the comment section below. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home.

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