Reflections on the life of Evelyn Coleman

July 24, 1931 – November 22, 2016

Morning Star Baptist Church was the venue for the homegoing celebration of Evelyn Coleman, Nov. 28, 2016 at 10 a.m. Morning Star Pastor John Johnson Jr. offered the eulogy. It was obvious by the comments made by family and friends that Coleman was a devoted wife, mother, friend, neighbor, employer and church member. Those who offered expressions spoke of her kindness and humble spirit, which she exemplified in her daily life. Each also spoke of her deep love for William Coleman, her husband as well as how proud she was of her children and other family members.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, a devoted wife, sweet mother, loving sister, aunt, friend and neighbor was called home. Coleman was born to Lola Tillis and Wade Bibbs on July 24, 1931 in Florence, Miss. She was the oldest of two children born to this union. She was preceded in death by her parents. She accepted Christ at an early age. She joined Morning Star Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend C. F. Jordan. Coleman attended Mary C. Jones/ Lanier High School in Jackson.

For a number of years she worked on various jobs including employment for the family of Governor and Mrs. William F. Winters. For over three decades, Coleman was employed by the McRae Family and through that employment grew strong ties of mutual affection and devotion. Coleman was united in holy matrimony to William A. Coleman Sr. on December 12, 1948. To this union seven children were born. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a daughter, Priscilla Coleman-Cheeks.

Coleman leaves to cherish her memories: a loving husband, William A. Coleman Sr.; six children, Virdis Powell, Jackson, Miss., Linda Coleman-Woods, Houston, Texas, William A. Coleman Jr., (Dorothy), Pascagoula, Miss., Shellie Michael (Calvin), Jackson, Miss., Pamela Gable (Tracy), Houston, Texas and Melvin Coleman, Jackson, Miss. Her memories will forever be cherished by her sister, Lorene Johnson; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and loyal friends. She is also mourned by Nora Frances and Vaughan McRae and children, Douglas, Selby, Alexander and Cameron McRae. Her beautiful spirit and warmth will long be remembered. She will always remain in the hearts and minds of her family and friends.

“Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her; and happy is every one that retaineth her.” – Proverbs 3:17-18

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