Monday, June 27, 2005
Fola Coats of Magnolia has five children, 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, and last week she received a letter inviting her to join the Navy Reserve -- specifically, the Seebees. Coats will be 81 next month and said she's been tempted to mail in the reply card just to see what would happen. She received a flyer from the Department of the Navy's Recruiting Command. Coats has many family members who have been or are in the military, but there's no one still alive in her family with the name Fola. Her husband, Clyde, served in the Army during World War II. Two of their sons served in the Army in Vietnam. Coats said she has no idea how they got her name and that the letter has been good for laughs for her whole family.