Pastor Who Died of Rattlesnake Bite Remembered

By Associated Press | 

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) -- A snake-handling pastor in Kentucky who died after being bitten by one of the serpents during a church service has been remembered fondly at a memorial service.

Jamie Coots was known for his role on the National Geographic television reality show "Snake Salvation." But a family friend remembered him Tuesday night for his "great faith" and tolerance of others. Bill Bisceglia of Middlesboro says 42-year-old Coots didn't argue with people who didn't agree with him, but maintained his own beliefs until he died.

People parked blocks away from the funeral home where visitation and a funeral service were held. Visitors said afterward the funeral home was full and lines were long.

Coots was handling a rattlesnake when he was bitten Saturday night.

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