William Benjamin “Bennie” Coates, son of Grover Cleveland Coates and Tillie Gass Coates, was born in October of 1914 in Perry County, Illinois. He was named for his grandfathers, William Coates and Benjamin Gass. He died 22 October 1920 of what was known at the time as “T.B. of the bone,” today called Pott’s disease. He is buried at Old Concord Cemetery, Washington County, Illinois.