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Obituary for Daniel Hayward Coates

Daniel Hayward Coates, 74, of Franklin, passed away on Thursday, January 20, 2022.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Edward and Mildred Arlesa Roper Coates. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Jane Waldroop on January 14, 1997. He was a life member of the VFW and had a love of classic cars.

Dan retired as Chief Warrant Officer III, in the United States Army. While in the Army, he spent many years in Germany, and oversaw operation “Checkpoint Charlie”. After retiring from the military, he became a Government Contractor for the State Department. While doing this job he traveled and lived in Cuba, Peru, New Zealand, Moscow, Hanoi Vietnam, Slovenia, Bosnia, Austria, Hong Kong, Shenyang China, Poland, Istanbul Turkey, Toronto Canada, Rome, Italy, and Germany.

He is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Lynn Coates, and Laurie Coates Beegle; sister, Roseanna Coates; brother, Michael Coates; and grandchildren, Emily Bishop and Jacob Bishop.

The family will receive friends and loved ones on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at Macon Funeral Home at 1 pm.

A memorial service will at 2pm on Sunday, January 23, 2022, in the chapel of Macon Funeral Home. Family and close friends will speak. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 108and VFW Post 7339.

A private graveside service will be at Woodlawn Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Appalachian Animal Rescue, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744.

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Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.