Johnny W. Coots III

March 31, 2018

CHARLOTTE –  Johnny William Coots III, 57, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 31, 2018.  Johnny was born in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia on February 19, 1961 to Johnny William Coots Jr. and Barbara Williams Coots.

Johnny was an all around “good guy” who was dearly loved by his family and friends.  A U.S. Navy veteran, he was not afraid to be a leader in whatever endeavor he encountered.  A multi-talented individual who worked for American City Business Journals for over 20 years, Johnny was always supporting those around him.  He was vitally involved in his children’s sports activities and even served as president of the booster club at their high school.

Johnny is survived by two sons, Taylor Coots and his fiancée, Paige Byrum and Johnny Coots and his wife, Anna and their daughter, Makayla Coots; former wife, Melanie Coots; brother, Danny Coots; four sisters, Darlene Morrison and her husband, Robert, Barbara Williams, Terri Craig and her husband, Dougal, and Kimberly Miller and her husband, Wayne; a special friend, Katrina Bowman; a number of nieces and nephews; and the family of Kathleen Shaw, with whom Johnny enjoyed a special relationship for over thirty years. 

In addition to his parents, Johnny was preceded in death by a sister, Deborah Coots Ford. 

A memorial gathering in honor of Johnny’s life will be held from 3:30 until 5:30 PM on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the American City Business Journals office, 120 West Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC

Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at



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  • Kim Wickline

    My sincere condolences to the Coots family and the Shaw family. I am so sorry for your unexpected loss. Johnny will be greatly missed at ACBJ.

  • Jean Sowder

    My prayers are with the family and we know he's with the Lord know and shouting hallelujah along with Maw, Paw, Debbie and other family members that have gone before him. What a rejoicing going on in Heaven.

  • Andrew Saul and Family

    It has been my pleasure working for you at ACBJ, you hired me and I can never thank you enough. You are in my heart and Will be missed.

  • Angie Sims

    My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to out to Johnny's family for your loss of such a dearly loved member of the family. Praying for God's peace and comfort for you all during this unimaginably difficult time.

  • Carla and Don Miller

    We want to send our upmost condolences to the family and friends of Johnny Coots III....we are Anna's parents and are in shock at his passing. Mr Coots was always friendly and such a pleasant fellow to be around and he was so caring for his boys and my daughter Anna and our granddaughter Makayla. Sending Hugs to the family!!!

  • Robert Craig Jr

    Not just my friend, but my big brother. From age 12 till 16 we were one antothers shadow.
    Johnny taught me so many things, young men had to know.
    We,laughed and cried togather over many of lifes lessons.I saw Johnny just a month ago ,and as always we again laughed at many things of years gone by.You will be missed, and thought of,, much more than you could ever know. Thank you for going forward in many lifes roads so i could see where i was going and knowing each step i followed you ,you always looked back to see i was safe.
    Rest my brother your. journey here is done.
    Signed with Eternal love for my big brother

  • Laurentpeace

    I remember living nextdoor to the cootes as a child and getting into trouble with the boys, trying to run away got my hindin tanned for going along. Also remember when Johnny got back from the service he looked good in him uniform so said to lose a child hood friend, R.I.P Johnny