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George  Coleman, Jr.

Memorial for George Coleman, Jr.

Born in Austin, Texas on Sep. 17, 1936
Departed on Mar. 6, 2011 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Mar. 11, 2011
09:00 am - 7:00 pm
Service: Saturday, Mar. 12, 2011
1:00 pm
Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery
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On September 17, 1936, in Austin, Texas, God dropped a precious baby boy into the arms of the late George Coleman, Sr., and Estella Hargis. From the very beginning he knew that he was loved and immediately started giving back that love with smiles and giggles as he enjoyed the company of his sister Johnnie Mae, whom he later lovingly called “Sis.”

He dedicated his life to Christ at an early age when he united with Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of the late Rev. A. K. Black. He served his church well and was an active participant in youth activities and the Usher Board.

George attended the Austin Public Schools and graduated from Old L. C. Anderson High School in 1955. Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, was the college of his choice and he graduated in 1961 obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts, with emphasis in TV/Radio Repair.

George was no stranger to work. Strong work ethics were instilled in him by his father, George, and grandfather, John. These work ethics supported him in several jobs including his last place of employment, Reichhold Chemical Company, where he worked as a Centrifuge Operator. This employment was interrupted in January 1972, when he was injured in an automobile accident that left him paralyzed. This was a tragic time for George and his family but through faith in God, the desire to live, and the loving care of his mother, Estella, he was blessed to remain on this earth to share his wisdom for 39 more years. Despite being in a wheelchair for more than half his life, George was happy and enjoyed living. He could always depend on his cousin, Bertha Williams, to bring laughter and fun through mutual jokes. Family and friends gave George much love and care, and in return he gave an abundance of joy and inspiration. One of the brightest spots in George’s life was that day in 1994 when his niece, Marva Estelle, relocated to Austin. They immediately bonded like glue and shared many happy times. George affectionately called her “Puddin” and according to him, no one could do things like “Puddin.”

The road he traveled was not easy, but he loved life, his friends, and family so much that he gladly accepted whatever God allowed each day to bring him. And so, on Sunday morning, March 6, 2011, 10:37 a.m., at St. David’s Hospital, God sent George a calling card saying COME HOME AND BE WITH ME and George peacefully accepted the call.

George was preceded in death by his father, George Coleman, Sr. and step-mother, Mildred Elgin Coleman; paternal grandparents, John and Ora Coleman; maternal grandparents, Willie and Maggie Hargis.

To cherish his memories he leaves behind: His beloved mother, Estella Hargis Black; Sister, Johnnie Mae Overton (Roscoe W. Sr.); niece, Marva Estelle Overton; nephews, Rutherford Milas Overton (Angela) of Nashville, Tennessee, Roscoe W. Overton, Jr. (Connie) of Houston, Texas; two great nephews, Jordan Coleman Overton, Lawrence Milas Overton; three great nieces, Lauren Ashley Overton, Kristin Nicole Overton, Kaila Brianne Overton; one maternal Aunt, Bertha Black; many loving relatives and numerous friends, who loved and cherished him.

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