Gordon Lionel Coates peacefully passed away on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in the same home he was born in 76 years ago on July 2, 1942. He was an Albany Mason and a Vietnam Era Army Veteran who patrolled the border during the Berlin Blockade in Germany. Gordon was a big man with an even bigger heart, who loved helping anyone in need. He enjoyed the outdoors when he was able, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. His big heart and stature will live on through memories made throughout his life, and he is already dearly missed. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Dianne Balfantz Coates; special nieces who were also his caretakers, Robin Bernard and Connie Cutrer; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Gussie and Geanie Coates; brothers, G.W., Hollis, Norman and Leslie Coates; and his sisters, Lessie and Ester Hill. Relatives and friends are welcome to attend the visitation from the chapel of Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home, Ponchatoula, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, from 5-9 p.m. Visitation will resume at the funeral home on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, from 10 a.m. until the Celebration of Life Service at 2 p.m. Bro. Paul Taylor will officiate the services with interment to follow in Carter Cemetery. Condolences and other information are available online at www.thompsoncares.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home.

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