Henry Nathaniel “Lil Pops” Coates, 80, died on Saturday, Dec. 11, at his home. A Celebration of Life was conducted today (Wednesday) at 9 a.m. in the chapel of March Funeral Home-West in Baltimore, Md.  Burial followed in the Kings Memorial Park in Baltimore.

Mr. Coates was born as a twin on Dec. 2, 1941, in Baltimore, Md., to Henry Nathaniel Coates, Sr. and Dorothy Coates Jones.

Henry attended the Baltimore City Public Schools and graduated from Frederick Douglas High School in 1961.  He worked at Bethlehem Steel for over 40 years.  Henry had many hobbies, but truly loved football, traveling, music and working in his yard.

Henry married the former Mary Ella Stamper on Sept. 2, 1961. Out of that union, there were seven children, five girls and two boys. He was a proud father who admired all of his children and their accomplishments.

On June 4, 1966, Henry dedicated his life as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He loved talking to people about the Bible and loved teaching people to read. He was a father figure to many.

After retiring, Henry and Mary Ella relocated to the Inez Community in Warren County and enjoyed years of gardening, landscaping and being a dependable man for whatever was needed.

In addition to his parents, Henry was preceded in death by two brothers, his twin, Harry Coates, and James Coates.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Ella Stamper Coates; his children, Sharon (Kim “Mann”) Clark, Robin (Cedric, Sr.) Waters, Yvonne (George) Sharps, Jacqueline  Allen, Letitia (Dante’) Blowe, Henry (Shutic) Coates, Jr., and Steven (Tinika) Coates; 13 grandchildren, Brandon, Duwan, Davon, CJ (Abigail), Bryan (Amber),  Cameron, Morgan, Jazmyne, Chauncey, Jaylen, Courtney, Breahna and Leah; eight great-grandchildren; two  isters, Gloria Johnson and Sylvia Parmlee; one brother, Donald Coates; one aunt, Gwendolyn Brown; three sisters-in-law, Hazel Lemon, Jannettie Jackson and Dorothy Stamper; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

R.H. Greene Funeral Home also handled funeral services.