Welcome to the memorial page for

Bessie Lee Coats

February 12, 1922 ~ February 13, 2018 (age 96)

Bessie Lee Coats was born on February 12th, 1922 to Bessie Hamilton and Lawrence Battle. She one of their 9 children.

There was William James, the eldest brother, Eddie Mae, eldest sister, Albert, Bessie and Annie Ruth, the others 4 passed early in life.

Bessie attained her high school education at Parker High School in Birmingham, Alabama

She also attended classes in 1989 at Lewis Business College in Detroit, Michigan

In 1942, Bessie met Jesse Lee Coats, in July of 1943 they were wed in holy matrimony.

Jesse joined the Army and served a tour of duty of 3 years, Bessie was with him in his various duty locations as a dedicated wife.

After Jesse retired from the military, Bessie and Jesse settled in Michigan’s Southwest Detroit.

Bessie returned to doing sales at Sears and Montgomery Ward before deciding to enroll in Lewis Business College to upgrade her employment skills.

Bessie remained with Jesse as his health start to decline until his death in July of 1969.

Bessie stayed busy working, attending church where she was a devoted member, and taught Sunday School to the youth class of her church and she loved singing in the choir.

In 2012, Bessie was diagnosed with Dementia and high blood pressure. Her health was becoming a concern.

Late in 2012 she decided she would come to California, where her nieces were, the Dementia was taking more and more control.

On February 12th, 2018, Bessie celebrated her 96th years of life, on February 13, 2018 at 11:30pm, Bessie Lee Coats and GOD came to a decision.

She fought hard as she did in so many trials and tribulations in her life, she “won” and now it’s time to get the lasting peaceful rest she so deserved.

Bessie leaves memories with so many, many nieces, great nieces, great nephews and host of cousins on both sides of her family from so many locations whom she loved so dearly, and they so dearly loved her.


"If you could see me Now."

If you could see me now you wouldn't shed a tear,
Though you may not understand why,
I am no longer there.
Remember my spirit,
That is the real me.
Because I'm still very much alive, I've just been set free!
Oh, if  you could only see!
I have beheld our Father's face and I've touched my Savior's hand.
All of Heavens angels rejoiced as I entered the promised land.
Beyond the gates of pearl, I 've walked on the golden streets,
I've touched the walls of jasper and dipped my foot in the crystal sea.
The beauty is beyond words and nothing could compare,
I've even seen your mansion and someday, I'll meet you there.
Let Jesus be your guide because His Word will show you the way!
So, please don't cry because we will meet again someday.

 Service Information

Graveside Service
February 28, 2018

11:30 AM
Riverside National Cemetery
22495 Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92518

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