Mildred Rachel Murphy Coats
November 29, 1926 – November 8, 2019

Mildred Rachel Murphy Coats, 92, of Burlison, passed away on Friday, November 8, 2019.  She was born Nov. 29, 1926 to Dutes and Agnes Lavelle Murphy and was one of seven children.  Mildred married James Edward Coats, Jr. on May 28, 1948, sharing 71 years together.

In addition to her husband, she leaves one son, Jimmy (Anita) Coats and one daughter, Cindy York.  She was a loving grandmother to Jason (Rachel) Coats, Melissa (Tim) Gribble, Cristi (Brian) Oswalt and Brandy (David) Bailey. Great grandchildren are Hunter Tune, Matthew and Evan Coats, Molly and Oliver Oswalt, Hayden and Trey Bailey and step great-grandchildren Alex Gribble and Haley Redden.  She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.


Her earlier years were spent working at Charms and Warwick Electronics.  She was also a member of the Gilt Edge Church of Christ.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Murphy Coats (1952-1968); three brothers, Eugene Murphy, Butsy Murphy and Bill Murphy; three sisters, Grace Billings, Juanell Cromwell and Betty Griffin and a son-in-law, Micheal York.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Covington Funeral Home chapel with interment in Covington Memorial Gardens.

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Alan Ervin
Author: Alan Ervin