Local/Regional News
12:53 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Funeral Set For Snake-Handling Preacher

The funeral for a snake-handling pastor who appeared on National Geographic's "Snake Salvation" is set for Tuesday in Middlesboro.

Credit nydailynews.com

Pastor Jamie Coots died after being bitten by a snake at a weekend church service in Kentucky. Coots was handling a rattlesnake at his Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church in Middlesboro when he was bitten on the hand Saturday night.

Police said an ambulance arrived at the church Saturday evening but emergency workers were told Coots had gone home. Authorities said Coots initially refused medical treatment and when emergency workers return later that night, the pastor was dead from a venomous snake bite.

The pastor's son, Cody Coots, told the television station his dad had been bit eight times before, but never had had such a severe reaction.