Pamala Antoinette Coleman the oldest child of Frank and Patricia A. Coleman was born on March 16, 1969, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Her parents knew right away that Pam would one day make a forever lasting impression in this world. As a baby she was active and exploratory; she warmed up easily to anyone and possessed an infectious giggle and smile that would melt any heart. Pamala was baptized and saved with the Holy Ghost at Tate Temple COGIC at a young age and was active with the youth department during that time. She was a stellar student and graduated from Arkadelphia High School in 1987. She enrolled at Ouachita Baptist University where she studied sociology and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991. As a young woman full of life and wit she moved to Atlanta, Georgia and enrolled at the historical Clark Atlanta University. She joined World Changers Church International under the leadership of Dr. Creflo Dollar and volunteered with the Children’s Ministry. Pamala was outgoing and talented on all measures. She wrote and published beautiful poetry and songs. She was an avid photographer and played the saxophone. Her greatest joy was reading and she took a great interest in African American women studies and the bible.
Years later she returned to Arkadelphia, reestablished her memberships with Tate Temple COGIC and enrolled at Henderson State University. Knowing the importance of being connected to others of integrity, lofty life and career goals she pledged and was initiated into the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., at HSU. She earned a Master of Science degree in clinical mental health counseling in 1999. She was employed as a guidance counselor at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas and passionately assisted students. She understood her role was an important part in their success; helping and guiding them in reaching their goals and objectives. Pamala was an encourager to many and inspired those who crossed her path. Even during her time of affliction she did not lose her confidence in God, but stood on faith in His word. Her beautiful life came to a close on Friday, December 2, 2016. However, it was her faith and trust in the Lord that carried her through until the end. Pamala’s death has been swallowed up in Victory. Her life has just begun. Though she is no longer with us in body; her irreplaceable presence will be deeply missed. Her memory will live on in the hearts and minds of her daughter, Bethany Ford of Arkadelphia, AR; her supportive and caring parents; Frank and Patricia Coleman of Arkadelphia, AR; one sister, Angela (Vincent) Anderson of Little Rock, AR and one brother, Gabriel Coleman of Little Rock, AR. She also leaves her aunts and uncles; David (Lucille) Coleman of Arkadelphia, AR, Herman F. (Della) Coleman of Little Rock, AR, Thelma Coleman of Arkadelphia, AR, Velma (Gary) McClelland of Arkadelphia, AR, Melva Coleman of Arkadelphia, AR, Bobbie (Richard) Smith of Arkadelphia, AR, Lena Wilson of Ft. Worth, TX and John (Vickie) Wilson of Millington, TN; a special friend, Karen Lipman of Palmetto, GA, several cousins, friends and the Tate Temple COGIC family. A memorial service to commemorate her life will be held at the Community Family Enrichment Center at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016 with Superintendent LeRoy Williams, officiating. The family has requested everyone to wear vibrant colors in her memory.