Dustin Alexander "Big D" Coats, age 52, of Kingsport, TN, passed away early Friday morning May 19, 2023 while at the Holston Valley Medical Center following complications from recent surgery.
Dustin was born in Sullivan County, TN on April 28, 1971 the son of the late David and Brenda Reedy Coats. He was a 1989 Graduate of Sullivan North High School where he was known as the Kicker with one "Golden Toe" while playing football, soccer and also baseball. He was a member of Gravelly Baptist Church where he was a softball player on the church team and helped with the youth with in the church. Dustin was previously employed with Airgas before moving over to Eastman Chemical Company. Dustin's true love and passion was outdoors. He was a highly skilled, valuable, Hunting Pro staff member of 3B Outdoors since its inception 16 years ago. He would do anything to help, including manning the camera for both hunting and fishing adventures. Freddie Neeley, Nathan Light and the entire 3B Outdoors Team loved him as a brother, as he did them. There will be no replacing him, his infectious smile, love of life and the outdoors.
Preceded in death by his parents, he is also preceded in death by his brother, Richard, who passed away April 7, 2023, and Bailey (his Lab)
He is survived by a niece: Haley Deel (Hunter) of Gray, TN
nephew: Jordan Coats of Kingsport, TN
3 great nieces: Norah Deel, Jaclyn Meade Coats and Willow Coats
His "brothers by a different mother" Shawn Falin, Jerry Gilliam, Nathan Light, Freddie Neeley, Robbie Arnold and Chad Salyer along with many, many other friends way to numerous to list.
He is also survived by his "bud" Trey (his Lab)
The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 23, 2023, from 5pm until 7pm at the Gravelly Baptist Church, 647 Gravely Road Kingsport TN. A Celebration of Dustin's life will follow with Pastor David Salley officiating. Memorials may be made to the building fund of Gravelly Baptist Church, 647 Gravely Road, Kingsport TN 37660.
Arrangements are being provided by Pennington Gap Funeral Home. Pennington Gap, VA
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