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Coleman, Carolina

Aged Negress Dies

Carolina Coleman, 57 [sic.], one of the reliable and industrious negro women of this community, died at her home here yesterday.

During recent years she had served in the capacity of nurse to numerous white people of this community as well as to the sick of her own race. [burial place unknown]

Colorado County Citizen, December 5, 1929, page 1

Coleman, Cebron


We wish to thank our many friiends, both white and colored, for their many kind expressions of sympathy at the death of my beloved husband, whom God saw fit to take from us on January 14th and for the many beautiful floral offerings.
Beatrice Coleman and Maggie
[Place of interment unknown]

Colorado County Citizen, January 28, 1932, page 2

Coleman, Delbert Edward

Delbert Edward Coleman

Delbert Edward Coleman, 73, of Louise, passed away June 22.

He was born December 10, 1934, in Providence City, Texas to Howard William and Mattie King Coleman.

Delbert was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Mattie Coleman; sister in law, Rosa Coleman; and nephew, Ellsworth Coleman

Survivors include his sister, Audrey Lewis and husband, Tommy of Lissie; brother, Howard E. Coleman of Houston; nieces, Kristi Lewis of Nederland, Texas, Nadine Odom and Jessy of Fowlerville, Michigan, and Carolyn Russell and Edwin of El Campo; nephews, Michael Lewis and wife, Jennifer of Needville, Howard William Coleman of Houston, Thomas Benton Coleman of Sterling, Colorado; great nephews, Ryan Lewis of Needville, Blake Smart Coleman of Sterling; great-nieces, Megan Lewis of Needville, Christine Odom of Clinton, South Carolina, Heather Odom of Fowlerville; and great-great niece, Amber Odom.

Visitation was held at noon Thursday, June 26 at Wheeler Funeral Home in El Campo.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 27 at Wheeler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Janis Kerlee and Pastor Maurice Marrow officiating.

Interment followed at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Arrangements were under the direction of Wheeler Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Michael Lewis, Kevin Williams, Jessy Odom, Howard W. Coleman, Thomas B. Colman and Edwin Russell.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 3, 2008
Submitted by John Konesheck

Coleman, Mrs. Ed

Death of Mrs. Ed. Coleman.

The report comes from Weimar that Mrs. Coleman, wife of our townsman Mr. Ed. Coleman, died in that city on Friday the 13th inst. She had come from Eagle Lake in the wagon, and was taken ill at Weimar and took refuge in a vacant house, where she died before her condition became known to the people of Weimar. She was buried on Saturday the 14th inst. Mrs. Coleman was formerly the widow Rhodes. [Burial place unknown.]

Shiner Gazette, 25 Jul 1900
Contributed by Matt Cross

Coleman, Ernest P.


Ernest P. Coleman, 50, of Columbus, passed away Sept. 4.

He was born Aug. 15, 1955 to Mattie Lee Coleman in Weimar. He graduated from Columbus High School in 1974 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps until he was honorably discharged in April of 1983. He worked at Columbus Community Hospital and Columbus Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and also as a private caretaker. He married Martha Johnson Feb. 14, 1996.

He was preceded in death by his mother; and many other relatives.

He is survived by his wife; Willie Mae Denley and Lonnie Coleman, who he was raised by; daughter, Shonetta Shropshire and husband, Shawn; step-daughter, Dimitra Johnson; son, Darvis Coleman; grandchildren, D.J., Tyzay and Andrea; sisters, Janet and Pandora, of Columbus; and Cynthia Barfield and husband, Walter Lucas, of Oakland, Calif.; brothers, Paul, Lonnie L., Alfred and Roy, all of Columbus; nine half sisters and brothers; one aunt, Dorothy Lee Coleman; nieces, Ronisha, Joshire and Janae; great nieces, Ajee and Prada; cousin, Thomas Hargrove; and many sisters and brothers-inlaw, relatives and friends.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 at New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Joseph Hargrove, officiating. Interment followed at City Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Thomas Hargrove, Larry Woods, Vernon Johnson, Chris Coleman, Peter King and Kenneth Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Alfred Denley, Roy Denley, Paul Johnson and Lonnie L. Coleman.

Colorado County Citizen, September 14, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Coleman, Iowa

Iowa Coleman Of Altair Passes Away

Iowa Coleman of Altair, a soldier of World War I, departed this life Monday August 4th, 1980 between 1 and 2 o'clock in the afternoon in the V.A. Hospital in Houston.

He was born on January 5, 1896 in Eagle Lake to Grant and Phennie Coleman. He confessed his faith in Christ at an early age and was baptized by the Rev. Ditto. [Interment in Williams Paradise Cemetery]

Coleman enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 22 years, serving his country in France. He received an honorable discharge on July 6, 1919.

Survivors include his wife, Martha V. Coleman; one son; two brothers; two sisters; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 21, 1980
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Coleman, Joe


We wish to express our sincere gratitude to our many friends and especially our white friends for their floral offerings and their kind expressions of sympathy shown us in our recent bereavement in the death of my husband. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Maggie Coleman and family.

Colorado County Citizen, May 21, 1931, page 6

Coleman, Lonnie


Lonnie Coleman, 87, of Columbus, passed away May 12, in Columbus.

He was born Nov. 25, 1918 in Columbus, son of Cleve Norman and Mattie Coleman.

He was very active in his life, beginning as a young child going to various domestic jobs with his mother, Mattie. He assisted her with various chores. All this learning and training was done when not in attendance at the Columbus Colored School. He was employed by the Columbus Post Office for 43 years, and worked as a custodial laborer. He was also employed by Colorado County Saving and Loan for many years and The Style Shop. He served as a private caretaker for Ms. Lee Nesbitt, Mrs. Freddy Bunge, Mrs. Sally McNally and Mrs. Grobe and assisted many other families throughout the county.

He was working and taking care of his mother, when he was called to serve in the U.S. Army in 1941 during World War II. He was sent to Fort Sam Houston and Fort Ward Arizona for military training. He was then sent to San Francisco before being shipped overseas to active duty. He was a member of the 93rd Division, which was sent to Guadalcanal. He received a Combat Infantry Badge on Jan. 22, 1945, for expert Rifleman 745. While in the military he also served in Boganville, Saigon, and Okinawa. He later was sent to Hawaii for six months with his division. At the end of his tour, an officer asked him to return to New York to work with him, but he declined. He was also an excellent baker and a Staff Sergeant. At the end of his military tour he received honors such as the Victory Medal, three overseas service bars, American Theater Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with two Bronze stars, a Philippines Liberation ribbon, a good conduct medal and a service stripe.

He joined Smith Chapel Baptist Church in 1935. He loved his Church and Church family and the District Church Family. He taught Sunday School, was president of the Deacon Board, president of the Usher Board and District Usher Board and was a Financial Trustee. He was also treasurer of the Laymen's Conference of the La Grange Baptist Associa-tion. He was a standing member of the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge 18 where he raised to his 33 degree. He was also a member of the American Legion 896 of Weimar.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jerry Lee Ellis, Joe Coleman, Ernest Coleman, Roy Lee Coleman, Jessie Coleman and Henry Lee Coleman; sisters, Frances Norman King, Mattie Lee Coleman, and Ceola Norman Mann.

He is survived by his youngest sister and best friend Willie Mae Denley, of Columbus and one sister-in-law, Dorothy Lee Coleman, of Columbus; the nieces and nephews, Cynthia Denley Barfield and husband, Walter Lucas, of Oakland, Calif., Pandora Denley and Janet Coleman, Paul David Johnson, Ernest Preston Coleman (deceased) wife Martha, Lonnie L. Coleman, Alfred Denley, (Beverly) Roy Darnell Denley, Ranisha Coleman (Ajee Santee and PraDeja Coleman) Joshira and Janae Coleman, all of Columbus; sisters, Priscilla, Ida Lee, Lucille Norman and Brother Cleve Norman, all of San Francisco, Calif.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Joseph Hargrove officiating under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus. Interment followed at the city cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Raymond Moore, Michael Coleman, Robert King, Arthur Coleman, Thomas Hargrove and Robert Sanders. Honorary pallbearers were the New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church Deacon Ministry.

Colorado County Citizen, May 24, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Coleman, Lula (Farmer)

Services Held Monday For Mrs. Lula Coleman

Services were held at the Untermeyer Funeral home Monday afternoon for Mrs. Lula Coleman, 70, who died at John Sealy hospital Saturday night.

Mrs. Coleman had been III about 6 months and Nov. 14 was taken to the Galveston hospital where she underwent an operation about a week before she died.
Born in Columbus Sept. 5, 1881, she was a daughter of Pharoah and Mahala Daniels Farmer. In 1910 she was married to R. T. "Tom" Coleman, who died In January, 1938.

Rev, Norman L. Roberts officiated in the last rites. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest.

She is survived by a son, Warrie Coleman, and a daughter, Mrs. Henry Frederick, both of Columbus; 2 stepsons, L. B. Coleman, Lampasas, and Homer Coleman, Los. Angeles, and stepdaughter, Stella Lopez, San Antonio.

Five grandchildren also survive.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Earl and Bowers Cousins, Vernon Wilson, Harvey Hope, Walter Farmer, Billy Bass and Leslie Wilkins.

Colorado County Citizen, November 29, 1951, page 7

Coleman, Murrel Janeice (Hanson)


Murrel Janeice Coleman, 83, formerly of Columbus, passed away Jan. 31 at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, Calif.

She was born in Goose Creek, Jan. 10, 1925 to Burton and Bertie (Norcross) Hanson and married Ottis R. Coleman Sr., April 20, 1946. She was a stenographer for the Texas Department of Public Welfare and was a member of First Baptist Church in Columbus and a lifetime Beta Sigma Phi member.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Ben Hanson.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Anita and Richard Jecmenek of Rogers and Beverly and Larry Booth of Atascadero, Calif.; son and daughter-in-law, Ottis and Martha Coleman of Cedar Park; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 8 at First Baptist Church in Columbus with Bro. Will Passmore officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were J.R. Lester, John Adams, Wylan Shisler, Murry Boozer, James Dunn Seymour and Frank Andreas.

Colorado County Citizen, February 13, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Coleman, Percy Sr. "Sonny"

Percy "Sonny "Coleman Sr., 76, of Columbus passed away April 11 at Hermann Memorial Hospital.

He was born March 8,1926 in the Shaw 's Bend community to Earlie and Ethel Coleman and married Alene Mitchell March 11,1944. He attended public school in Colorado

County and was a member of New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church. During his life he worked for the railroad,Horton and Horton Gravel Pit and the city of Columbus for 15 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son,three brothers, and three sisters.

He is survived by his wife,Alene Coleman;sons and daughters-in-law, Bennie and Jewel Coleman of Houston,Lester and Loretta Coleman of Stockbridge,Ga.,Percy Jr.and Bernadette Coleman of Columbus,Michael and Melda Coleman of Columbus,Arthur and Christine Coleman of Columbus; daughters and son-in-law, Bernice Dabney, Ruby Jewel Washington, and Marylyn and David Jones all of Columbus;brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Rosie Coleman of San Antonio;sisters,Leola Johnson of Kendleton and Albertha Davis of Stafford; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted April 17 at New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Columbus with Pastor Joseph Hargrove officiating. Interment followed at Gay Hill Cemetery near Columbus.

Pallbearers were Thomas Axel, Robert Anderson, Willie Axel, Willie Watkins, Raymond Moore, Sherman Green and Lonnie Green.

Colorado County Citizen, May 1, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Coleman, Ranisha D.


Ranisha D. Coleman passed away on Nov. 6 in an auto accident near Columbus.

Born on Jan. 25, 1979 in Columbus to Janet Coleman and Donald Page Denley. She accepted Christ at an early age at New Greater Smith Baptist Church and later became an active member of the Columbus First Church of the Nazarene. Ranisha directed the youth praise team and was their drill team coach. She was also a member of the adult choir. She attended school in Columbus, Texas. After graduating from Columbus High School in 1997, she pursued her career by attending Prairie View A&M University, Texas School of Business and Victoria College. She was very devoted to her job at McDonalds as a shift manager.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Joe Denley; grandmother, Mattie Lee Coleman; great uncle, Lonnie Coleman; and uncle, Earnest Coleman.

She was a loving mother of two wonderful children A’jee age 12 and PraDeja age 7. She leaves to cherish her memories to her mother and daddy Janet Coleman and Donald Page Denley; four loving sisters, Joshire and Janae Coleman, Deboarah and Stacy Denley; nephew, Kamari; grandmother, Cleatta Howard; and great aunt, Willie Mae Denley; aunts, Cynthia Denley-Barfield (Walter), Rita Provost and LeAnn Booker (Keisha); uncles, Paul Johnson and Lonnie L. Coleman; cousins, Jakki Coleman, Annette Caldwell, Marlene Hargrove, Chris W. Coleman, Maggie Coleman, Pandora Denley, Alfred (Beverly) Denley, Roy Darnell Denley, Rovin Denley, Virgie Denley, Gregory Denley, Robert King, Leonard King and Christine King (LaAdrian Waddle); a very special friend, Michael Lujan (Day Veon); and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday Nov. 13, at The Columbus First Church of the Nazarene in Columbus with Pastor Michael Thompson officiating and under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus. Interment followed in City Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Larry Greer II, Greg Denley, LaDell Wilson, Chris Coleman, Charoy Scott and Jon Woods. Honorary pallbearers were Reginald Austin, Colin Evans, Joe Henderson, Terrill Booker, Rovin Denley, Peter King and Patrick Wright.

Colorado County Citizen, November 16, 2010

Coleman, Raymond

Services for Raymond Coleman, 69, of San Antonio were held Aug. 24 at New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Joseph Hargrove officiating;

Burial followed at Gay Hill Cemetery in Columbus.

Cole died Aug. 18 at Baptist Medical Center in San Antonio.

He was born Jan. 8, 1933,in Shaws Bend, the son of Earlie and Ethel Upson Coleman.

Coleman was united in marriage with Rosie Mae

Waddle Coleman on April 30, 1963, in San Antonio.

Banner Press Newspaper, August 29, 2002
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