James Ruey Coots age 82 of Searcy, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 13, 2009. He was residing in Searcy at the time of his death. He was born Sunday, April 24, 1927 in Flippin, Arkansas. He was a loving husband, daddy, granddaddy and great-granddaddy.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Gloria, one daughter, Robbie Parnell and husband Ron Parnell of Searcy, one granddaughter Michelle Harkey and great-granddaughter Hannah Harkey of Batesville, Arkansas, one grandson Skip Parnell and wife Paula of Jonesboro, Arkansas, one sister, Norma Currie of Memphis, Tennessee. A special nephew he thought of as a son, Carl Coots of Searcy, Arkansas, and many nieces and nephews he loved dearly.
James was preceded in death by his parents, James Wesley and Lu Ella Coots, two brothers, Eugene Coots and Issac Coots and one sister Pauline Coots.
In his early years James Ruey Coots worked as a heavy equipment operator in construction work. In 1955 he went into ministry and became an ordained minister in the Church of God for 45 years. His greatest joy was his family and his years in the ministry with all the many wonderful friends he met along the way.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday September 16th at Roller-Daniel funeral home with interment to follow at Henderson cemetery in Pangborn. Visitation will be 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday September 15th at the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to South Heights Church of God, 1111 S. Main St. Searcy, and Arkansas, 72143.