Leonard Murray Coats

Leonard Murray Coats

June 21, 1933 – February 14, 2020

Zebulon – Leonard Murray Coats, 86, went to Heaven on Friday.  He was born in Wake County to the late Sie Donius & Mary Irene Johnson Coats.  He served his country in the U. S. Army and was a member of the American Legion.  He retired after 27 years with the N. C. Department of Corrections where he was Asst. Superintendent.  Murray was a kind, humble man who loved God, his family & his country.  He was preceded in death by a son, Murray Alan Coats, & siblings, Sie Junior Coats, Parker Raphus Coats & Audrey Eunice Dupree.

He is survived by his beloved wife & helpmate of 47 years, Doris Strickland Coats of the home, daughter, Donna Irene Coats, sister, Thelma Doris Jones, granddaughter Carmen, & in-laws who were true family, Margaret, Laverne, & Curtis.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Rocky Cross Holiness Church Building Fund 12524 Anderson Rd., Zebulon, NC 27597.

Funeral service 2 pm, Wednesday, Rocky Cross Holiness Church with visitation from 1-2 pm, prior.  Entombment with military honors conferred will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens following the service.

Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.  www.stricklandfuneral.com


  • Eugene Strickland Posted February 17, 2020 3:08 pm

    Murray was a great man. Very calm, generous and sincere. He will be missed by all that knew him. My deepest empathy for Doris and Rose. I will reach out soon. Take care of yourselves and each other. Love you both.

  • Diann Gordon Carter Posted February 18, 2020 9:58 am

    Murray and Doris were the best neighbors I had years ago in the trailer park. Murray was the kindest and most generous man I have known. I had lost track of Murray and Doris over the years and am sad that I had not seen them in years. My prayers go out to Doris and Donna. Heaven definitely has a new angel.

  • Ricky Brantley Posted February 18, 2020 11:11 am

    He was a wonderful friendly man who never had a bad word to say and was just such a humble man. He will be sadly missed . I know he has passed through the Heavenly gates to his eternal home. My condolences to Aunt Doris and family

  • Ellen Johnson Posted February 23, 2020 8:21 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Murrays passing. He was a nice man. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I didn’t know about this until today Sunday February 23 or I would have at least attended the visitation. I will miss seeing him at the community center walking. He was always nice and always smiling.

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