Stephanie J. Coates

January 17, 1982 ~ July 28, 2023 (age 41) 41 Years Old


Stephanie Jamia Holmes was born January 17, 1982, to Cary Lumpkins and the late LaShaun Holmes Hayes. She was raised in a Christian home by her maternal grandparents, Merlene Holmes, and the late Rev. Alexander Holmes. She was baptized at an early age at St. Luke AME Church in Alachua, FL, and during her adult life transferred membership to Historic Mt. Zion AME in Jacksonville, FL. 
Stephanie matriculated through the public schools of Alachua County, graduating from Sante Fe High School, where she ran track. She then attended Sante Fe Community College, obtaining her AA degree. One of her happiest moments was achieving her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State College on May 11, 2023. This was a personal goal Stephanie was extremely proud to finally achieve after years of hard work.

She cherished Ayden and Alexis, who were her pride and joy. She recently started a new hobby making arts and crafts with her new Cricut machine. Stephanie made many gifts for family and friends including clothing, mugs, tumblers, acrylic calendars, and an assortment of other items.

On Friday night, July 28, 2023, at approximately 10pm, God decided to add another rose to his flower garden and called her home. 


Her precious memories will be forever treasured by her loving husband, Dr. Michael Germaine Coates; their two children whom she adored, Alexis Michelle Coates and Ayden Michael Coates; Father, Cary Lumpkins(Tina) of Alachua, Fl.; Maternal Grandparents: The Late Rev. Alexander Holmes, Jr. and Merlene Holmes, Alachua, FL; Paternal Grandparents Orian and Joyce Lumpkins, Jr., Alachua, FL.; Siblings: Miquailla Hayes, Michael Hayes, Britney Lumpkins, and Jasmine Lumpkins, all of Gainesville, FL.; Aunts: Pamela Prier(Dr. LeMorris) of Jacksonville, FL; Valerie McCray(Darryl), Nikita Lumpkins and Chelsea Lumpkins all of Alachua, FL; Uncles: John Holmes(Jennifer) of Alachua, FL, Alaric Holmes of Longview, Texas, Christopher Holmes, Jacksonville, FL, Marlowe Lumpkins of Fayetteville, NC, Orian Lumpkins (Tawanna) of Douglasville, GA, and Leon Miller of Orlando, FL; Mother-in-law, Linda Arnold of Douglas, GA; Father-in-law, Willie Coates; God-Parents Allen and Ruth Hickmon, Newberry, FL;  She has a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, ands friends who loved her and will miss her greatly.


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August 4, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saint Luke AME Church
14950 NW US Hwy 441
Alachua, FL 32615

Celebration of Life
August 5, 2023

1:00 PM
Abundant Grace Community Church
12505 NW 39th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32606

Interment following funeral service
August 5, 2023

Newnansville Cemetery
12308 W State Road 235
Alachua, FL 32615


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