Kenneth Karl Coats

May 10, 1977 - March 12, 2022

05/10/1977 - 03/12/2022

Past Services

Wednesday March 16, 2022

Wednesday March 16, 2022
6:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions

EURE, NC – Kenneth Karl Coats, age 44, passed away on March 12, 2022, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, VA.

Mr. Coats was born in Bertie County on May 10, 1977, a son of Rufus Dexter and Carol Richmond Coats. Kenneth worked as a Machinist for GeoQuip Manufacturing Company in Chesapeake. He was a man who loved listening to music, building things with Legos, building models, watching cartoons, and tinkering with cars, which he loved, especially Mustangs. Kenneth loved capturing the beauty and splendor of things through photography. He was very tech savvy and being a computer nerd himself. loved anything nerdy. Kenny was a family man and loved his children and grandchildren, and often took in children and treated them as his own,

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Sarah Newmons Coats, his parents, Dexter and Carol Coats of Ahoskie, NC; two daughters, Caitlyn Hewitt and husband, Zachary of Colerain, NC, and Angel Grace Baker of Ahoskie, NC; two sons, Austin Michael Coats of Ahoskie, NC, Gavin Michael Artino and wife, Bailey of Ahoskie, NC; a grandson, Watson Hewitt; a granddaughter, Makayla Artino; his brothers, Marcus (Amanda) Coats of CA; and Joseph Allen Coats of New Mexico.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at 6:00 pm at the Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC, with Rev. David Walther, officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the home of Kenny’s parents, Dexter and Carol Coats, 310 Willoughby Rd., Ahoskie, NC, for a time of fellowship and remembrance.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Kenny’s memory to a trust fund set up for his grandson, Watson Hewitt, to help him get started in life. You may donate directly to Local Government Credit Union (LGCU) reference # 40385461 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Coats family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Greg Joyner
2 years ago

Over the past couple of days I have thought of all the things Kenny and I did together as teenagers. There was never a dull moment! In fact, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am truly honored that Kenny considered me as his friend in life. I just hope that I was as good of a friend as he was to me. My heart goes out to your entire family. I love you Carol, Dexter and family. May God be with yall during this difficult time. I am going to jam the metal station all day at work for you Kenny. Rest easy buddy. Love ya.

Terry and Audrey Artino
2 years ago

Sarah, Angel, Gavin and family. We are so sorry to hear about Kenny’s passing. Please know that we will be there with you in spirit and sending you all our prayers, hugs and Love.

Susan Buck
2 years ago

OMG This has really shocked me. Kenny and Allen are the same age. Please know that I feel your pain. Words are not enough, I will always remember the kindness and love that was given to us when you helped me after school with Allen. So many changes that has happened. I feel sorrow and yet Kenny is with Allison and yes God. I am here for you. Prayers and Hugs.

Allen & Erlene Joyner
2 years ago

Carol, I am loss for words right now! By walking and talking to you at the Hospital I know how much your children and grand children mean to you! My heart breaks for you! Please know that you and Dexter are in our prayers! I know God will see you thru this dark time! Love you Carol!

Cathy Tann
2 years ago

Kenny and I met back while working at Golden Corral. ( we had an early childhood together because our parents worked together) however, later in life we met again. I had recently had my daughter. I was dating a guy that was alittle too Obsessive. Kenny would always walk me out at night after work to make sure I was ok. A short while after that I took him home from work one night. (2/14 it was a long day at work) he had asked if he could give me something. I said sure….it was yellow roses. Yellow roses were the color of friendship. That was the start our our journey. My daughter was just a few months old. He took to her so fast. I remember a time that I had asked him to watch her while I was at work so that my mom could have a break. Kenny was so nervous but when I picked her up I knew he loved every minute of it. She was all his now!!! She won him over in a minute. A short while later we found out we were having one of our own. Kenny was on cloud nine. 9 months later baby boy came. You know, looking back on everything….we had our differences and were complete opposites. But Kenny had a good heart. He was a true soul. No one could ever take that from him. I am blessed to have met him and the Coats family. We may have went our separate ways but Kenny was reunited with his true soul mate. She was a blessing to him. She was was heart and soul. Kenny….watch over our babies. As I know you will.