James Paul "Buddy" Coates

james coates

May 6, 1954 ~ April 2, 2024

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Etowah, NC

James Paul “Buddy” Coates, 69, of Etowah, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at the Charles George VA Medical Center.

Born May 6, 1954 in Asheville, Buddy was a son of the late Paul and Cora Griffin Coates. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Teresa Bradley and Brenda Coates, and his brother, Ronald “Ronnie” Coates.

Mr. Coates proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1974. He worked for 20 years providing lawn services throughout Buncombe Co. He was also a member of Etowah Baptist Church, and had been a past member of Trinity Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Keyes Coates; sisters, Phyllis Rowland (Don) and Paula Fox (Frank); brother, Larry Coates; and multiple nieces and nephews.

The funeral service, with military honors, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. The Rev. Jeff Hudson will officiate. Interment will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Monday at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Black Mountain.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Buddy’s honor may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Funeral Service: April 7, 2024 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: April 8, 2024 2:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711

(919) 664-1195

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  1. So very sad to hear this news. What I specifically remember about Buddy was his sense of grace, calm and quiet that spoke louder than words. That alone made him special. And though the events of family, life and time have replaced the making of lots of new memories with extended family, I will always cherish my childhood memories on Barnard Avenue and I will never ever forget Buddy.

  2. Karen, you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you always.
    Kind Regards,

  3. I’m so very sorry to learn of Buddy’s passing. My thoughts are prayers are with his family during this time of grief.

  4. Karen, Paula and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Buddy. He was such a great guy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Phyllis Larry Paula and Family we are very sorry to hear about buddy. We have many fond memories of our time on Barnard Ave. especially those childhood summers. You all have our deepest sympathy.

    Sabrina and Eddy

    Sabrina and Eddy Miller

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