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Geraldine Tuck Coates

January 22, 1934 — April 25, 2023

Geraldine Tuck Coates

On April 25, 2023, Geraldine Frances Tuck Coates of Halifax, VA passed away peacefully at her home.  She was born in Halifax County to the late Claude Edgar Tuck and the late Mollie Hancock Tuck on January 22, 1934.  She was married to the late Rupert Carroll Coates.


She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church where she sang in the choir for many years.  Geraldine also worked diligently for Mikey Lewis, Pam Gordon, Judge Brendan Dunning and Eugene Lindley in her career as a legal secretary.  She also gave of her time by volunteering at the South Boston-Halifax County Museum and the Good Samaritan.  Geraldine was past President of AARP and traveled with them on many trips, past President of the VALS, served on the Board of Directors of NOWS and a member of the Sportsman Club. She truly enjoyed life to its fullest.  She will be missed by all who knew her.


Geraldine Frances Tuck Coates is survived by:

Her Sisters

Violet Tuck Perkins of South Boston

Jean Tuck Matthews of South Boston

Nieces and Nephews

Skip Perkins and wife Ruby of Lexington, NC

Claudia T. Perkins of South Boston

Kathy Ferrell of Vernon Hill

Jeanya Wylie and husband Matt of Mechanicsville, VA

Jannay Comer and husband Davey of Virgilina, VA

Jason Matthews and wife Ellen of Turbeville

Special Friend

Jesse Spencer, Jr. of Halifax

Close Friends

Deborah Thomas of South Boston

Carol Tuck of South Boston


***Preceded in death by***

Special Friend

Jesse Spencer, Sr.


A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 3:30 P.M. at St. John’s Episcopal Church with the Father Tim Jones officiating. Burial to follow in Halifax Memorial Gardens.


The family will receive friends at the graveside immediately following the committal.


For memorials, please consider St. John’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 905, Halifax, VA 24558.


Online condolences may be directed to


Arrangements entrusted to Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592.

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Funeral Service

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Starts at 3:30 pm (Eastern time)

St. Johns Episcopal Church

484 Mountain Rd, Halifax, VA 24558

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