Funeral services for Jerry Wayne Coots, 72, of Kingscreek, were held December 4 at the First Baptist Church in Whitesburg. Burial was in the Ratliff Cemetery at Kingscreek.
Born in Lynch, he was a son of the late Joseph Lawrence and Ida Halcomb Coots. He died December 1 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Center in Hazard.
He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Samantha Coots, and six brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Coots was a 1963 graduate of Whitesburg High School where he starred in basketball and football. He attended Lincoln Memorial University and taught for four years at WHS. He then worked as a conservation officer for more than 20 years.
Surviving are his wife, Sweila Raleigh Coots; a son, Gregory Wayne Coots and wife Maxie of Kingscreek; a daughter, Scarlett Hall and husband Ralph Jr. of Kingscreek; three sisters, Mary Bennett of Linefork, Delois Middlebrooks of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Mabelene Sizemore of New Tazewell, Tenn.; and four grandchildren, Jack Wesley, Nicholas Ford, Sara Kayli and Sydney Jane.