West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


Dakota Gabriel Coats was born in West Plains, Missouri on December 23, 1994 to David Ray Coats and Jacqueline Dawn Coats and went to be with Jesus on September 12, 2021 at his family home.

He is survived by his mother and father; two brothers, Sequoyah Coats and Montana Coats, both of Pomona, Missouri; one sister, Kiawa Coats and husband David Sloniker, Pomona, Missouri; three nephews, Austin Sloniker, Jaxon Sloniker, and Elijah Sloniker, all of Pomona, Missouri; two nieces, Adilynn Sloniker, West Plains, Missouri, and Ember Sloniker, Pomona, Missouri; grandparents, Charles and Dianne Coats, West Plains, Missouri; three aunts, Teresa Deems and Tim Danielson, Des Moines, Iowa, Shawna Fillmore and Craig Corbett, Promise City, Iowa, and Rachel Albin and husband Trent, and cousins, Brynlee Albin and Avery Albin, Nixa, Missouri; one uncle, Christopher Coats; cousins, Chaz Coats and Carstyn Coats, West Plains, Missouri, and several other cousins, great aunts, uncles and friends, that he loved dearly.

He is preceded in death by his great grandfather, Roy Neal Coats; great grandmother, Anita Coats; great grandmother, Mary Lue Oaks; great grandfather, Rufus Rhine; grandmother, Jackie Rhine; grandfather, Billy Leatherwood, and Aunt Nancy Wheat.

Dakota enjoyed hunting and fishing, camping, bushcraft, and being outdoors. He loved animals of all kinds, especially his favorite two dogs, Butterball and Ruby whom he loved dearly. He loved spending time with his family and friends, and playing Fortnite with his nephews, Jaxson and Austin Sloniker, cousin Amy Wheat, and best friend, Jim Calhoun Jr. He was of the Baptist faith.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, Missouri, with Minister Robb Cox officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home Inc., West Plains.

Body will lie in state from 10:00 a.m. to time of service, Sunday, September 19, 2021.

Burial will be in New Liberty Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.



  1. Nikki
    September 16, 2021 @ 8:15 pm

    You was a star here on Earth and every time I look at the night sky. Ill see a reminder of Gods love for you & us. Enjoy your new home. Will be glad to see you again soon & get my big hug! We love you & miss you greatly!


  2. Rachel Albin
    September 16, 2021 @ 10:56 pm

    Dakota, heart of an angel, spirit of a child. We will miss you dearly sweet boy. I’m sure you and Grandpa Claude are in heaven telling grand stories and keeping everyone entertained. I am comforted knowing you were greeted by all of our loved ones who have passed, while Jesus led you home. Until we meet again, rest well.……….


  3. Steve Taylor
    September 18, 2021 @ 9:59 am

    So sorry for your lose.



  4. Joy Skaggs
    September 18, 2021 @ 4:08 pm

    We are so sorry. Our prayers and thoughts go out for you all. God needed another wonderful angel. I know he was the best brother to Kaiwa Sequoyah and Montana. He was also the best uncle.and he will be missed. Love you all.


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