Son of James & Elizabeth (Hart) Coats

Photos & Obituaries contributed by Marguerette Powell


Sarah Jane, Mahala and Thomas Keggie Coats / Children of Wilson & Phamy Coats --
Contributed by Kay Weeks
Sarah Jane was buried 03 Mar 1930 in Summit View Cemetery, Guthrie, Logan Co., Oklahoma

Johnsie Mahala Coats, daughter of Wilson and Phamy Coats, was born February 28, 1872, in Arkansas; departed this life February 2, 1957, at Houston, Mo., making her age at time of death 84 years, 11 months and 2 days. She was married to Fred W. Florida, November 22, 1891. To this union two sons were born, Harry Bland and William Leslie Florida. Her husband preceded her in death November 16, 1931. On November 17, 1936, she was married to Henry Schindler. He preceded her in death November 5, 1946. One son, William Leslie, and a granddaughter, Delores June Florida, also preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her passing, one son, Harry B. Florida of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one grandson, Leslie Gene Florida, and two great grandsons of Lansing, Mich.; one brother, T. K. Coats, Clara, Mo.; four nieces and two nephews. She accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age and united with the Union Baptist Church, later moving her membership to the Houston Baptist Church. While health permitted she was active in church work, always loyal to her Savior and her church. She was a faithful member of the Eureka Rebekah Lodge No. 21, and will be sadly missed by fellow members. All the years of a full life she was considerate of others and loved her family and friends unselfishly. Her friendly spirit won her many friends and it was a joy to meet and visit with her. Family and friends will mourn her passing from our midst.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, at the Houston Baptist Church, conducted by the Pastor, Rev. E. G. Walker. Pall-bearers were George Harmom, Walter Redmon, W. P. Cole, Chas. Elmore, Farrell Jarvis and Ansel Coats. Songs were rendered by Max Burkhead with Mrs. Don Burch as accompanist. Organ music was furnished by Mrs. Earl Burnett. Burial was in Ozark Cemetery with members of Eureka Rebekah Lodge No. 21 officiating at the graveside service. Elliott Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral. Out-of-town relatives attending the funeral were: the son, Harry B. Florida, and Mrs. Florida, of Oklahoma City; a niece, Mrs. Lillie Garrett, and her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Shope, all of Guthrie, Okla; and Mrs. Ruth Jackson of St. Louis.

Husband of Mahala Johnson Coats / Henry Schindler is the 2nd Husband

Dolores June Florida was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Florida September 26, 1930, in Oklahoma City. She passed away March 26, 1949, at her home in Oklahoma City. Dolores had suffered from a heart disease all of her life. Her parents had gone to a grocery store about 8:30 the morning of her death, and when they returned at 10:30 they found her slumped in a chair. The fire department respirator squad was called but could not revive her. A physician pronounced her dead when he arrived. Dolores trusted Christ as her Saviour when she was nine years old and had attended Cashion Place (or Palace) Baptist Church and Sunday School since she was a very small girl. She was a student at Cashion High School where she was a member of the Honor Society.

Survivors other than her parents, is her grandmother, Mrs. Johnsie Schindler, of Houston, (would be MO) who attended the funeral and spent the past two weeks with the parents in Oklahoma City, returning home Monday of this week. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Florida and Dolores had visited in Houston several times and they and Mrs. Schindler have the deepest sympathy of friends here.


Another small obit
Miss Dolores Florida, 18-years-old granddaughter of Mrs. Johnsie Schindler of Houston, died suddenly March 26, of a heart attack at her home in Oklahoma city. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. Florida. Her parents returned home to find her slumped in a chair. Dolores was a high school honor student and would have been graduated in a few weeks. She was a member of Cashion Palace Baptist Church. Mrs. Schindler attended the funeral in Oklahoma city.

Last week The Herald had to hurriedly tell of the terrible accident to Leslie Florida, resulting from a dynamite blast. Mangled and wounded, Leslie was brought to Dr. Herron Wednesday for emergency treatment. He had gone to some government road project near Ellis Prairie that morning to dynamite stumps. He was putting in a charge at a stump just before noon and was doing the last tamping before quitting for the noon hour. In some unaccountable manner the dynamite was blasted and Leslie was terribly wounded, losing one hand, fingers off the other hand, flesh from one knee blown away, wounded and bruised all over. After being given emergency treatment by Dr. Herron, he was taken to Christa Hogan Hospital at West Plains, but the shock was too great for the young man and he weakened until he passed away Thursday afternoon. It was a shocking accident for a young man so full of vitality and so eager for work that morning to be crushed and broken and maimed until his last hours were filled with pain and suffering.

The remains were brought back to Elliott Funeral Home and prepared for burial. Funeral under direction of Elliotts was held at the Baptist church Saturday forenoon, funeral sermon by Rev. J. R. Halbrook, in the presence of a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends. Burial was at Ozark cemetery. Leslie William Florida, son of Fred (deceased) and Johnsie Florida, was born October 1, 1905, at Bado, Mo.; died at West Plains, Mo., March 28, 1935, making his age 29 years, 5 months and 28 days.

He was married to Ruth L. Gettys at Des Moines, Iowa, May 22, 1926. To this union one child was born, Leslie Gene, now 6 years old. He was converted at the age of 17 in April, 1922, and joined the Houston Baptist church, where his membership remained until the time of his death. He leaves to mourn his death, his loving wife and little son, mother, Mrs Johnsie Florida, brother, Harry Florida, many other relatives and friends all over the county. Leslie's broken body was laid to rest beside his father in Ozark cemetery to await the resurrection, and his passing is deeply regretted by all, who sincerely sympathize with the young wife, the baby boy, mother, brother and all relatives

Thomas Keggie & wife of 60 years Missouri Kizzarah (House) Coats
L - R: Beulah Coats Pickett, T. Keggie Coats, Ansel Coats, Kizzie (House) Coats,
Nellie Coats Goldsberry, and Stella Coats Hogan. They are children of Keg and Kizzie.

Thomas Keggie Coats, 91, son of Wilson and Phamy Coats, was born May 4, 1874 at Clara, Mo., and died at the Texas County Memorial Hospital Sept. 29, 1965. On Dec., 4, 1892, he was married to Nellie Belcher Irvin who, with an infant son, preceded him in death on March 30, 1894. On Sept. 13, 1896 he was married to Kizzie House who preceded him in death June 15, 1961. Those who survive are three daughters, Stella Hogan, Cabool, Mo.; Mrs. Nellie Goldsberry, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mrs. Beulah Pickett, Plato, Mo.; one son, Ansel L. Coats, Clara; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren.

When about nine years old he joined the Science Hill Baptist Church, later moving his membership to the Union Baptist Church where he was ordained as a deacon. About 1916 he moved his membership to the First Baptist Church, Houston, where he served as a chorister and as deacon for more than 40 years. He was active in church work until infirmities limited his activities. He served in various duties with the Texas County Baptist Association. He helped organize several old-time singing schools and was well known as a song leader and singer, having assisted many evangelists in revival meetings in the county. He was a life long resident of the Clara community, progressive in his farming and extremely interested in community improvement. Funeral services were conducted Oct. 2 in the First Baptist Church here with the Reverands John E. Mathews and D. F. Breazile officiating. Burial was in the Union Cemetery under direction of Davis-Barber.

Kizzie House, daughter of John and Martha House, was born at Cabool, Feb. 28, 1878 (actually near Cabool), and died June 15, 1961 making her age 83 years, 3 months, and 18 days. She was married Sept. 13, 1896 to Thomas Keggie Coats. To this union four children were born Stella Hogan, Houston, Nellie Goldsberry, Colorado Springs, Colo., Beulah Pickett, Plato, and Ansel of Clara.

She is survived by her husband, children, eight grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren. Five grandchildren have preceded her in death. She was a member of the Baptist Church. She was a life-long resident of Texas County and the last member of a large pioneer family that hs been well-known for more than 100 years. Funeral srvices were conducted Sunday afternoon at the First Baptist Church in Houston with the Rev. Don F. Breazile officiating. The Amazing Grace Quartet sang favortie hymns of Mrs. Coats. Burial was in Union Cemetery under direction of Elliotts Funeral Home. Acting pallbearers were Alvin Hogan, Paul Bennett, Stanley Redwing, Lee Bolin, Wayne House, and Mansel Coats.

Frank Hogan, 87, son of William A. Hogan and Hannah Gobble Hogan was born Nov 23, 1895. He died Aug. 6, 1983 at the Harry Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia. He was united in marriage to Stella Marie Coats Dec 17, 1917 and to this union eight children were born. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Stella and five children, Donald, Oneta, Merle, Zella Lee and Kaga.

Survivors include three children, Alvin of Springfield, Nerine Redwing of Springfield and Wanda Bennett of Houston; 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; two sisters Daisy Wade of Detroit, Mi and Vesta Gobble of Torrance, Ca. Mr. Hogan spent his lifetime in the Simmons Community where he and Stella reared their family. He was a farmer. He served in WW1. Funeral services were Aug 9 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bob White officiating. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.

Stella Marie Hogan, 76, daughter of the late Kaga Coats and Kizzie House Coats, was born Apr 19, 1898 near Clara, MO; died suddenly Sep 13, 1974. She married Frank Hogan Dec 17, 1917; eight children born. She is preceded in death by her parents, five children, Donald, Oneta, Merle, Zella Lee and Kaga.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Nerine Redwing of Springfield, MO, Wanda Bennett of Houston; one son, Alvin Sr. of Springfield; 12 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; one brother, Ansel Coats of Clara; two sisters, Nellie Goldsberry of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Beulah Pickett of Ploato. (Plato??) Services were Sep 16 at New Hope Baptist Church, Rev. Wesley Wallace and Rev. J. D. Passmore officiating. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery under direction of Evans-Elliott.
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William Kaga Hogan, son of Frank and Stella Coats Hogan, was born at Simmons, Mo, on Feb 17, 1926, and departed this life on Feb 29, 1960, at the Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, making his age at the time his passing 34 years, and 12 days. In Aug, 1846, (Mary's obit has August 21, 1945) he was united in marriage to Mary Fox and to this union were born 5 children. One daughter, preceded him in death as did two brothers, and two sisters. During World War 11 he served with the Navy Seabees in the Pacific. For the past several years he has resided in Mexico, Mo., where he was employed as a driver with the Transport Delivery Service. When a young man he professed his faith in Christ and at the time of his passing he was a member of the Simmons Baptist Church.

Those left to mourn his passing are: his wife, Mary, 3 daughters, Susan, Lois Lee, Connie Lou and 1 son, Rusty all of the home. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hogan, Simmons, Mo., one brother, Alvin of Springfield, Mo., and two sisters, Mrs. Stanley Redwing of Springfield, Mo., and Mrs. Paul Bennett of Cabool. Also a host of other relatives, friends and neighbors. Services were held at 2 P. M. Thursday at the Cabool First Baptist church with Rev. Milton Elmore and Rev. C. O. Branson officiating. Burial was in the Cabool cemetery.

Mary Hogan Brett, age 69, of Mexico, Missouri, died in Audrain Medical Center on Sunday, December 29, 1996 at 9:48 p.m. She was born at Cabool, Missouri, on April 25, 1927 to Frank R. and Lena Mae Voltz Fox. She married William K. Hogan on August 21, 1945. He died February 29, 1960. She then married A. T. Brett on May 25, 1963. She had been employed for ten years at Sad Sams in Mexico and later worked for Continental Bag for 17 1/2 years, retiring in August, 1991. She lived in the Mexico area over 50 years and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Mexico. (Missouri)

She was preceded in death by her father and a daughter, Kaga Jo Ann Hogan. She is survived by her mother, Lena Mae Fox of Mexico; her husband, A. T. Brett of the home; two sons, William Russell Hogan of Wellsville, Missouri, and Richard Taylor Brett of Mexico; one stepson, David Thomas Brett of Foley, Missouri; four daughters, Sue Diane Nolan of Benton City, Missouri, Lois Lee Hodson of Centralia, Missouri, and Connie Lou Mackey and Penny Renea Heckes, both of Mexico; 18 grandchildren, six step grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; six step great grandchildren; a brother, Imon F. Fox of Cabool; and a half sister, Alice Framer. Services will be Thursday, January 2, 1997 at 1:30 p.m. in Arnold Funeral Home in Mexico, with Rev. Marvin Jones, officiating. Memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church or the Dream Factory.
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Nellie Thelma Goldsberry, 88, daughter of Thomas Kega and Missouri Kizziar "Kizzie" House Coats, was born March 7, 1904, at Clara. She died Dec. 13, 1992, at a Colorado Springs, Colo., hospital. She married Robert H. Goldsberry Aug 7, 1926, in Texas County. They lived in the White Rock community before moving to Colorado Springs in 1930. She was a seamstress and homemaker and member of the Church of Christ. Mrs. Goldsberry was preceded in death by her husband in 1954; and by one sister, Stella Hogan.

Surviving are one son, Kenneth Goldsberry of Fort Collins, Colo.; one daughter, Zola Bolin of Monument, Colo.; one brother, Ansel Coats of Houston; one sister, Beulah Pickett of Houston; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services were Dec. 16 at Swan-Law Cascade Chapel in Colorado Springs with Ronald Carter officiating. Burial was in Colorado Springs.

Mr. Robert Goldsberry passed away Friday morning at 2 a.m. while at work, with a heart attack. His home is Colorado Springs. His brother, Clarence, and sister, Mrs. Amelia Gentry and Gene, and Mr. Ansel Coats, went to attend the funeral in Colorado Springs. Robert grew up on a farm in the White Rock community. His aged mother was unable to attend the funeral. We extend sympathy to the bereaved family.

2nd Article
Robert Goldsberry, age 54, son of the late Zeb Goldsberry, of White Rock, passed away at Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday morning, October 15. Death was from a heart attack suffered while at work at a Colorado Springs hotel. Mr. Goldsberry went to Colorado Springs some twenty years ago, where he has since made his home. He had visited here for a few days in June, this year. (meaning Texas Co., MO, year 1954 printed in by hand) Mr. Goldsberry is survived by his wife, the former Nellie Coats, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. K. Coats; a son, Kenneth, who is in the armed forces, and Zola, of the home. Also a brother, Clarence Goldsberry; a sister, Amelia Gentry; and his aged mother, all of the White Rock community. Funeral services and burial were at Colorado Springs, Tuesday. Attending from Houston were Clarence Goldsberry, Mrs. Amelia Gentry and son, Gene, and a brother-in-law, Ansel Coats.
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Beulah Emaline Pickett, 83, daughter of Thomas Keggie "T.K." and Kizzie House Coats, was born Oct 3, 1913, at Clara. She died Aug 24, 1997, at her home in Houston. She attended school at Clara through the eighth grade, went two years to high school at White Rock and graduated from Houston High School in 1933 with her younger brother, Ansel. She missed a year of high school due to pneumonia and a lung abscess. As a young girl, she became a member of the First Baptist Church in Houston. Except for the summer of 1937, working as a waitress on top of Mt. Manitou in Colorado, she spent her entire life in Texas County.

She married Herley Evan Pickett May 2, 1943. While her husband served in the armed forces, she lived with her parents on the family farm and worked as a clerk at Lilly's Store in Houston. After Evan's discharge in 1945, they lived on the Pickett family farm near Plato. While living in the Plato area, Mrs. Pickett served as postmistress of the Plato Post Office and was active in the Belle Christian Church, which became the Roby Christian Church, helping with its music programs. She played the piano and sang at numerous funerals over the years. Mrs. Pickett became well known for her cake-making ability and made and decorated cakes for weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions in northern Texas County for more than 20 years. She was well known for her crochet work, making doilies, Christmas ornaments, bedspreads, decorations for pillowcases and handkerchiefs and other fancy work. The Picketts sold the farm and moved to Houston about 16 years ago.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; and two sisters, Stella Hogan and Nellie Goldsberry. Surviving is one brother, Ansel Coats of Houston. Services were Aug. 26 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with the Rev. Bruce Moore and the Rev. Kenneth Gibson officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Houston Herald Texas Co., MO newspaper Aug 28, 1997

Evan Herley Pickett, 95, son of Arthur Haywood Pickett and Annie Frances Doll Pickett, was born July 15, 1901, at Plato. He died Nov 10, 1996, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. He attended school at Plato and graduated from Lebanon High School in 1924. After graduating from Springfield Teaching College in 1929, he taught school for several years. In 1939, he went to work for the relief program, forerunner of the Division of Family Services. Mr. Pickett was drafted into the Army in 1942 and was discharged in 1943, due to his age.

He married Beulah Emaline Coats May 2, 1943. They lived on the Pickett family farm at Plato. He served as collector for Roubidioux Township for several years and farmed. He was a member of the Roby Christian Church. The Picketts sold their farm in 1982 and moved to Houston. He was preceded in death by a sister, Oma Almedia Thomas.

Surviving is his wife, Beulah, of the home in Houston. Services were Nov. 13 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with the Rev. Bruce Moore and the Rev. Kenneth Gibson officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
Houston Herald Texas Co., MO newspaper Nov 14, 1996 / Obituaries contributed by Margarette Powell