Coleman, Dr. Leon E.

January 29, 2004

COLEMAN, born May, 29, 1929, departed this life on January 14, 2004 at his home on Halifax, VA. He was 74 years old. Dr. Coleman was the son of the late Reverend Dr. Lee Ernest Coleman and Annie Walker Coleman, and was married to Lottie Tucker Coleman. Dr. Coleman professed Christ at an early age at the Banister Hill Baptist Church in Halifax, VA, of which his father was co-founder and pastor. He received his elementary and high school education in Charlotte and Halifax County respectively. Upon graduation from high school in 1945, he attended A & T College in Greensboro, NC where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Science and in 1956 a Master of Arts degree in Education. He later continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania and Nova University of Florida from which he received his Doctorate of Education and Administration. Dr. Coleman retired from 35 years of work in the Baltimore City Public School System as principal of Edmondson-Westside High School. Upon retirement, he decided to return to Halifax, VA to live peacefully and quietly. Before departing Baltimore, he was honored by those he served. Mayor Kurt Schmoke honored Dr. Coleman during the Afram Expo '89 salute to African Americans in Education. In '97 the Lombard Junior High School Class of '65 held a celebration and tribute in Dr. Coleman's honor. He organized the "Halifax/South Boston Seniors Club" with over 30 members joining. His visions was to promote the general welfare of senior citizens. This was accomplished by inviting guest speakers to discuss current issues, facilitating "wisdom sharing" among club members, and by organizing social events. The club has been a success. Survivors include his wife of 46 years; four daughter, Vicki Coleman of Charlottesville, VA, Ditra Coleman, Gail Coleman-Terry and Joy Coleman, all of Baltimore; one son, Leon Coleman Jr. of Beverly Hills, Calif., three grandchildren, LaShell Coleman and Sydni Terry, both of Baltimore, MD and Winter Coleman of Beverly Hills, CA; one sister, Sallie Coleman Thomas of Washington, D.C.; three sisters-in-law:; Marie T. Walker of Halifax, VA, Marilyn Tucker of Scotch Plains, NJ, and Mrs. Charlie Coleman of Washington, D.C.; three brothers-in-law; John Thomas of Washington, DC, Waverly Walker of Halifax, VA and John Tucker of Scotch Plains, NJ; one son-in-law, Gregory Terry; and one daughter-in-law, Kim Coleman; and a host of nephews and nieces. Coleman were held January 17, at 2 p.m. at Banister Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Sandy Palmer and Mattie Carr officiating. Burial took place in the Church cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 99.

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