Coates, Stillman


WHARTON - Betty Lou Coates, 68, passed away Monday, August 20, 2007 in a Sugar Land, Texas, hospital following an extended illness.

She was born May 20, 1939 in Alice to Lawrence Striedel and Alenora Koenning Striedel. She was a resident of Wharton for the past 30 years and was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wharton.

She married Jerald Danuel Coates on January 18, 1963 in Alice, and he preceded her in death on February 4, 2005.

She worked as an office manager for Better Beverage in Wharton prior to her retirement. She was a member of the St. Paul Women’s Group and the Altar Guild, sang in the choir of the First United Methodist Church and was in Active Advantage. She enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, singing and reading.

Survivors include her mother, Alenora Striedel of Alice; daughter, Melissa Coates and son, Drayson Coates, both of Wharton; and sisters, Carol Stanley of Alice and Debbie (Gray) Frederick of La Grange, Texas.

Following cremation, a memorial service was held Thursday, August 23, 2007 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wharton with Rev. Laura Olson officiating.

In lieu of remembrances, the family requests memorials be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 325 N. East Ave., Wharton, Texas, 77488.

Funeral services were under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home.


CONCEPCION - Juan Stillman Jr., 89, of Concepcion, Texas, passed away August 23, 2007 surrounded by family after a short illness.

Stillman was married for 61 years to Alma (Barrera) Stillman, formerly of Falfurrias.

He was born in Conception, Texas in 1918 to Otilia Garcia and Juan Stillman. He was raised in Concepcion (La Chona) where he lived and ranched until his death.

He was a successful cattleman who loved his animals. He spent 28 years delivering mail as a U.S. postal route man to the households and ranches of the area.

He served in the Army from 1941 to 1945 and was part of the Normandy, North France, the Ardennes and Rhineland campaigns with the First Infrantry Division. He earned decorations for his service including the EAME campaign medal with five Bronze Stars, the American Defense Service Medal and the Distinguished Unit Badge.

He is survived by his children, Alma Lee (Adolfo) Reyes of McAllen, Texas, and Juan (Rosalinda) Stillman III of Alamo, Texas; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Olivia Martinez of Falfurrias and Otilia (Rudy) Lopez of Falfurrias; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2007 at Alaniz Funeral Home in Falfurrias. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, August 27, 2007 at Purisima Catholic Church in Concepcion, Texas. Burial will follow in the Garcia Cemetery in Concepcion, Texas.

Alaniz Funeral Home of Falfurrias in charge of arrangements.