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Dr. Ralph C. Coates, 68

March 13, 2009

JUNE 12, 1940-MARCH 10, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Dr. Ralph Carroll Coates, 68, of Martinsburg, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at his home.

Born June 12, 1940, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Thelma Coates Kelley of Martinsburg and the late Arthur Harris.

He retired from the Census Bureau in Washington, D.C.

He was a musician, playing in many churches in the area.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Michelle Hogan Coates; two sons and two daughters, including Cheryta Coates of Martinsburg; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Asbury United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown, W.Va. The Rev. Dr. Sherman L. Lambert Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Moriah Baptist Church Cemetery in Brunswick, Md.


The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

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