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03/22/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Bob Coleman

Robert Ingersoll Coleman
(07 May 1926 - 17 Mar 2015)

Newport News High School Class of February 1945

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have another sad if slightly belated edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.
    Bob Coleman, Class of 194_, brother of Beverly Coleman of VA and Jackie Coleman Pearson of VA, passed away in Cumming, Georgia on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the age of 88. 

From the Daily Press - 03/22/15:

              Robert I. Coleman



CUMMING, GA - Robert I. (Bob) Coleman, Jr., May 7, 1926 - March 17, 2015, was born in Newport News, VA to the late Hazel Paige and Robert I. Coleman, Sr.

Soon after graduation from Newport News High School, he joined the United States Marine Corps and proudly served his country during World War II.

After the war, Bob played football for the University of Alabama and graduated with a BS, a Master's degree in Education and a six year certificate in Administration. While in Tuscaloosa he met Margaret, a local beauty, who became the love of his life and his wife for 66 years. They moved to Chamblee, GA in 1964, where they resided for some 45 years.

Bob was employed by DeKalb County Board of Education and became a much loved and respected elementary school principal for 30 years. He also served 11 years as a Chamblee City Councilman. He retired to Cumming, GA and was an avid reader, well versed in history, especially the Civil War. Bob also really enjoyed football and most all spending time with his family.




Bob is survived by his beloved wife, the former Mary Margaret Griffin and their three daughters, Robi, Rhea and Rena; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Beverly Booker and Jackie Pearson, both of Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his sons-in-law, Eddie Davis and Cliff Edwards.

Memorial services were held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2015 in the chapel of McDonald and Son Funeral Home.

A funeral service was held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Liberty Chapel Baptist Church, Gladstone, VA. Burial followed in the Booker Family Cemetery, Gladstone, VA, that has been in his family since the late 1700's.

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Published in the Daily Press on March 22, 2015.
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March 18, 2015
For The Coleman Family, we all send our love and prayers to you
At this time. I m sure the Angels in Heaven have arms full of love and sweetness taking care of one of the kindest souls this earth
Has known. ....and a Roll Tide for Mr. C ...
We ALL loved him.

- Roz Griffin, Decatur, Georgia

March 19, 2015

I was deeply saddened to hear of Bob's passing. I feel a loss, and want to extend my sympathy to you and the family. Bob was a fine man and a significant influence for good in other's lives, and I will always remember his influence he had on my life. Please contact me if I can be of any help. MAY he rest in peace.

~ Mack Caudill, Buford, Georgia

March 20, 2015 
   God Bless/RIP to ALL who served in WWII. The USA would NOT be as it is today. Thank YOU for your service in The Corps, Bob.. And Semper Fi.

~ Herb Sharfenaker, Columbus, Ohio

March 22, 2015  
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

~ L.W. McDonald and Son Funeral Home, Cumming, Georgia

March 23, 2015  
Bobby was a real gentleman and liked by all, and a excellent football player for coach Harry Harmon and NNHS.

~ Dale Parsons, Franklin, Virginia

March 23, 2015
Roll Tide, Go Typhoon. You were a legend before your time was up. Julie Conn used to talk about you to me like you were a warrior god. My sympathies to your family. Dan Coleman (Henry's grandson, Ward's great nephew) NNHS.

~ Dan Coleman, Dunn/Figure Eight Island/Key, North Carolina

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Coleman family and their friends at this difficult time.

     From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 03/23/15, 10:44 PM - "Death of    Robert I. Coleman, Jr.": 

Hi Carol:

Hope you are doing well. You may have been informed of a death in the Daily Press yesterday, Sunday, March 22, 2015. It was for Robert “Bobby” I. Coleman, Jr. He graduated in the February 1945 class. He is a cousin of my cousins, the Coleman kids. My cousin, Virginia Coleman Abbott graduated in the February ’43 class. She called me Saturday night to tell me of his death. He was “Best Looking” in his class Hall of Fame. Bobby Coleman was very popular with everyone. He actually autographed the yearbook I have……it belonged to Irvin Fenton. His wife, Nancy Fenton gave me a lot of yearbooks before she moved in to Warwick Forest. She and her late husband both graduated from N.N.H.S. and are very special people. Bobby’s autograph to Irvin says, “To a friend I shall never forget. Take care of the shop class next year. Best of luck to one swell boy….Bob.”

My Coleman cousins were the children of my father’s older sister Ethel Mays Coleman. We loved her and looked on her as a grandmother on the Mays side since my grandmother died before I was born...

Best Regards, Fred Mays, class of 1960

   Thank you so much, Fred! I read Bob's obituary in the Daily Press, and I know I spent at least an hour Sunday searching through my incomplete collection of old yearbook from the forties looking for his senior listing. Not finding it so frustrated me I just stopped everything and left my computer to go watch television.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

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That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

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