Mrs. Bobbie Coleman’s Life’s Journey
Early Family Life:
Mrs. Bobbie Jean Wilson Coleman was born on November 1, 1934, to Trenton and Parlee Wilson, in Ladelle, AR, in Drew County. She was the eldest sister of Mrs. Dorothy Hines (deceased), and Mr. Trenton Ronnel Wilson. In 1954, she married the late Rev. Willie R. Coleman, who pastored Macedonia A. M. E. Church from 1987-2005, a total of 19 years. They lived in Decatur, IL for two years before journeying to Bearden, AR. In 1956, she joined Macedonia A.M.E. Church, serving as the First Lady for 19 years during her husband’s pastorate.
Woman of Education:
She attended Milo Community School until eighth grade, and T.W. Daniel High School graduating in 1952. She enrolled and attended Shorter College, in the fall of 1952, attending for two years until she returned home following the death of her mother. In 1965 she attended Nursing School at Pines Vocational School, now Southeast Arkansas (SEARK) College, graduating in 1966 and becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse, and throughout her career, she cared lovingly for her patients until retiring in 2015.
Woman of Christian Service:
She accepted Christ at an early age and was an active member of her family church, Camp Ground AME Church, Crossett AR. After marriage to Willie R. Coleman, August 27, 1954, they moved to Decatur, IL where they attended St. Peter AME Church. Upon returning to Arkansas she joined Macedonia AME Church in 1957 under the leadership of Rev. McDade. She was a member of the Local and Area Women’s Missionary Societies, and the Bearden Union Missionary Society, formerly serving as Secretary and Teacher. At Macedonia, she sang in the Choir and was Choir President. She was Member Emeritus of the Steward Board, President of the Stewardess Board, member of the Kitchen Ministry, and Church School. Her pastor was the Rev. Kent J. Broughton, Presiding Elder of the Camden/Eldorado District.
Woman of Family:
She was preceded in death by her devoted husband The Rev. Willie R. Coleman, her loving and precious Sister Dorothy Hines, her sweet and caring Sister-In-Law Cledis Coleman Braswell, and her two loving sons, Michael and Gary Coleman. She leaves to cherish her memory two beautiful and devoted daughters, Janet Coleman (the Rev. Dr. Daniel W.) Johnson, and Lisa Coleman, one loving brother Trenton Ronnel (Patty) Wilson, and one special aunt, Florine Robinson. She has 8 grandchildren, Sanchea ‘Tensie’ Nelson, Nolan Coleman, Sr. (Shannon), Jasmine Coleman, Chantel Coleman, Decassius Lambert, Kristen Johnson (Cody) Carr, Judith Johnson, Daniel Johnson II, and a special granddaughter Deundra (Tyrone) Juniel; 8 great-grandchildren, Constance Craig, Aletha Thrower, Nolan Coleman Jr., Shanara Coleman, Janyla Coleman, Zaria Coleman, Jae’Den Smith, Michael Coleman, and two special great grandchildren, Ty’yon and Chassity Juniel; 3 great-great grandchildren, Andreal Ellison, Taylor Ellison, and Carter Ellison, a host of nieces and nephews: Sonja Coleman, Ronnie (Yvonne) Gibbs, Terry Gibbs, Clada (Curtis) Williams, Nywatha Douglas, Lindburgh (Sylvia) Gibbs, Jr., Greg Gibbs, and Tilford (Schwanna) Hines, Natasha (Claude) Hines, Trenton Wilson, Jr., and Tajuan Wilson. She loved them all very much. Special Siblings: Mildred Pugh, Rose Williams, Dorothy Monroe, Betsy Reddic, and Prezell Davis. Special Long-Time Friends: Charles and Abbie Cone, Lucille Davis, Eula Mae Wright, Thomas L. Lowe, Stella Hill, Doris Holmes, and special cousins Josie Brazil, Gearldine Jones, Virginia Brazil Ashley, and Pearlean Brazil. Her hobbies included: caring for her house plants, up-keep of the cemetery grounds, baking delicious desserts, making home-cooked meals for family and friends, and reading her Bible. Her favorite scriptures were Psalm 34:1 – “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth”, and Psalm 34:3 – “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” To God Be the Glory!
Visitation will be Tuesday, June 29, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Macedonia AME Church.
Services to remember her life will be shared with family and friends at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at the F.O. Jones Christian Center with Rev. Dr. Daniel W. Johnson, eulogist. Interment will be at Macedonia Cemetery.