Born Tuesday, November 21, 1944
Died Sunday, July 5, 2020
In the year of our Lord and Savior 1944, Heaven placed on loan a vibrant baby boy. His care was entrusted to John Henry Knox and Idabelle Foster in Muskogee, OK. He was the 3rd of five children born into the loving family.
Rene’ was a kind-hearted child. As a young boy he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and joined membership and was baptized at Dean’s Chapel Baptist Church, were he remained his entire life. He began his education early with Muskogee Public School System, attending Sadler Jr. High and graduating in 1963 with the historic Manual Training High School.
Shortly after high school, Rene’ put his education on hold and enlisted in the United States Air Force, while serving in the military he worked as an Inventory Management Specialist. After completion of his duty, he was Honorably discharged on November 5, 1969. Rene’ returned back to Muskogee, and married his high school girlfriend Claudia Jean Crutcher, and to this union two children were born, Stephen and Gia Schoats. Years later after the marriage was dissolved, he fathered another son, Michael Schoats.
Rene’ possessed a great work ethic at an early age, and prided himself in taking care of his family. He was an entrepreneur owning an after-hour restaurant, Stoney’s Hideaway, in Muskogee, while also working for a local vending machine company during the day.
Back in the day, Rene’ began taking college courses as an adult, attending Bacone Junior College in Muskogee, OK; majoring in Mortuary Science, after which he attended Northeastern State College in Tahlequah, OK, majoring in Business Management and completing his studies at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, IL, graduating in 1973, obtaining a Funeral Directors and Embalmers License in the states of Illinois and Oklahoma.
Working in the Funeral Industry he began working with Granger’s Funeral Home in Muskogee, OK, Miller & Major Funeral Home in Chicago, IL, Stonecrest Funeral Home, Chicago, IL, Howard Funeral Home, Chicago, IL, Ragsdale Mortuary, Muskogee, OK, People Funeral Home, Muskogee, OK, Spaulding Mortuary, Los Angeles, CA, Biglow Funeral Directors, Muskogee, OK, Dyer Memorial Chapel, Tulsa, OK, Jack’s Memory Chapel, Tulsa, OK, and finally with House of Winn Funeral Home & Cremations, in Muskogee, OK.
After 16 years of Service working as Kitchen Manager, Rene’ retired from Muskogee Regional Hospital in Muskogee, OK.
After twenty years of being a single man, Rene’ asked God to send him a wife, someone he could love, and spend the rest of his life with. God loved Rene’ and honored his request. It was at Dyer Memorial Chapel where he met a charming and sweet lady by the name of Monica. The relationship blossomed quickly, and they were engaged and married on June 20, 2014. Rene’s life changed for the better, and he truly began living, they were inseparable. With this loving union, he inherited four additional children, DaWanda Smith (David), Marlon Johnson, Micheal Johnson, Micala Hoseah and in tow five grandchildren, whom he loved dearly. They called him “Pops”.
Meeting Rene’ at heaven’s gate his parents John Henry Knox, Jesse Schoats Sr., Idabelle Schoats; his brothers Dr. Albert Schoats, Jessie Schoats Jr.; his sister in laws Chut Schoats and Urshala Schoats.
After a brief illness, God called Rene’ home to eternal rest early Sunday Morning on July 5, 2020. Leaving behind to cherish his memory, his devoted wife Monica Schoats of the home; his children Stephen Schoats, Wichita, KS, Gia Schoats, Muskogee, OK, Michael Schoats, Oklahoma City, OK; his biological grandchildren, Tachina Harris, Chicago, IL, Kamra Parks and Fawndrea Parks of Ft. Smith, AR, Zavion Schoats, Tulsa, OK; his siblings Bernard Schoats, Bernadette Schoats and a special sister in law Dr. Virginia Schoats all of Muskogee, OK; a special nephew Verdell Schoats, Owasso, OK; 16 great grandchildren, along with a host of other relatives and friends.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown od righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on the Day and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
A memorial service will be conducted, Monday, July 13, 2020 at 10 a.m. in Deans Chapel Baptist Church, Muskogee, OK, with the pastor, Rev. Don Dumas, officiating.
The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Home, Muskogee.